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20 Years Ago
1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.
Co-valedictorians of the class of 1993 at Ramsey High School were Tara Casey, Joe Ertel, Jessica Blair and Sara Portz. Salutatorian was Stephanie Forbus. Ertel received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
John Lotz and Angie Wehrle were named as recipients of the Walt Leidner Award at the VCHS spring sports banquet. Amy and J.D. Vieregge received the “Super Vandal Fans” award for 1993.
Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital, the support group for the hospital, was buying an image intensifier tube for the main X-ray machine at the hospital, as well as several new urology surgery instruments. The total cost of the new equipment was $30,790.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Green were preparing to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Joyce Beabout was installed as the new president of the Vandalia Business and Professional Women. Other officers were: Ann Schwarm, vice president; Jessie Maas, treasurer; and Rita Bozek, secretary.
Christian L. Sarchet, daughter of Deloris Sarchet of Vandalia, received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She was preparing to enter a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Pat Michel and Vince Gustafson of VCHS were being sent to Illinois Boys’ State by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
25 Years Ago
1988 – Frances Kelly, widow of Sheriff Leonard Kelly, received a five-month appointment as sheriff.
Amy Blunt and Andy Stine were co-valedictorians of the Vandalia Community High School class of 1988.
The Family Y of Fayette County Board of Directors accepted the resignation of its executive director, Randy Todd.
Vandalia’s first tourism billboard along Interstate 70 was erected just east of the first overpass east of the Brownstown weigh station.
Area valedictorians were: Rob Heckert, St. Elmo; Theresa Haynes, Brownstown; Stacey Courson, Farina LaGrove; Valerie Jolliff, Patoka; Scott Hunt, Ramsey; and Terri Mitchell, Mulberry Grove.
Pharmacist Kevin Bandy joined the staff at Cuppy’s Pharmacy.
35 Years Ago
1978 – Students at the Okaw Area Vocational Center Training Center hosted employers participating in the program at a dinner held at Vandalia Country Club. Brenda Siebert from the D.E. class and Connie Thoman from the C.W.T. class presented certificates to the employers.
About 50 VCHS music students, under the direction of Drew Schneider, presented the two-act musical comedy, “Bye, Bye Birdie.”
The St. Elmo High School class of 1928 had six of its teachers present for its 50-year reunion – Lulu Bails, Feryl Crabbs, Lucille Brown, Erma Gibbons, George Lackey and J.K. Bolds.
During a breakfast held at the Frontier Village Grub House, Hermine Grandt was honored for 45 years of teaching at LaGrove Schools.
Mike Wehrle won the President’s Cup Golf Tournament at Vandalia Country Club.
45 Years Ago
1968 – Debbie Hartwick and Marsha Wells were co-valedictorians at VCHS. Mary Nave was salutatorian. Diplomas were presented to 139 graduates by John Daniels, president of the board of education.
Delbert Sasse was awarded the contract for razing the old Fayette County Jail.
Pam and Pat Smith, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Smith, received diplomas from Union University in Jackson, Tenn.
55 Years Ago
1958 – The Vandalia Union publishers sold their interest to The Vandalia Leader owners. As of June 3, The Union was to be printed on Tuesday and The Leader on Thursday. Also after 57 years with The Vandalia Union, Norman F. Jones retired.