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15 Years Ago
1996 – Marlys Hayner was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
Jennifer Warden of Vandalia Community High School was awarded a volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Mandi Langston earned a dental hygienist degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Tony Eckhardt was trapped under an overturned tractor for about eight hours, digging himself out with a screwdriver and a lid from an insect repellent can.
Brooke Roberts was the valedictorian at Vandalia Community High School, and Sara Zimmer was the class salutatorian.
Molly Meyer and Jennifer Wehrle of VCHS earned all-conference softball honors. Making the all-conference baseball team were Vandals Seth VonBehren, Drew Schneider, Brian Scott and Luke Hohlt.
Amy Ertel was the valedictorian and Jennifer Austin the salutatorian at Ramsey.
Racheal Carruthers was named the first recipient of the Leigh-Ann Metzger Memorial Scholarship at VCHS. David Graumenz, Jon Keck and Jeremy Ray were named the first recipients of the Kelly Horton Memorial Scholarship. Metzger and Horton died in 1995 in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver.
20 Years Ago
1991 – Chad Carder of VCHS lost in the second round at the state tennis tournament at Arlington Heights.
Carla Moyer, Billy Doehring and Josh Meseke were the top fundraisers in the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Bike-a-thon. The bike-a-thon raised more than $2,600.
The top five students in the graduating class at VCHS were Karin Oldfield (valedictorian), Megan Kerr (salutatorian), Greg Emerick, John Jones and Matt Baker.
Rose Price was installed as president of the GFWC/IFWC Vandalia Woman’s Club.
25 Years Ago
1986 – U.S. Rep. Ken Gray was the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
About 130 people traveled to Shipman in Macoupin County to participate in “Hands Across America.” Local coordinators were Amy Vieregge, Shayla Haas and Joni Koonce.
Wendy Pruett of Vandalia was the first graduate of Fayette Christian Academy.
35 Years Ago
1976 – Paul Stroble Jr. displayed 25 of his pencil sketches at the Fayette County Cultural and Arts dinner theater.
Karen Meyer was named the winner of the Outstanding Proficiency Award in American history at VCHS.
Martha Crye received her nursing degree from St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield.
Mr. and Mrs. John Garrison of Mulberry Grove celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.
Judy Cline was installed as president of the Vandalia Cameo Woman’s Club.
State Rep. Don Brummet of Vandalia led a group of ninth-grade civics students in Vandalia on a tour of the state capitol in Springfield.
45 Years Ago
1966 – Sen. Paul Simon was engaged as the speaker for commencement exercises at VCHS.
Betty Straub was installed as president of the Vandalia Cameo Woman’s Club.
Michelle Armon graduated from Eastern Illinois University with an art degree. Alice Fay Manion earned a bachelor’s degree from Union University in Tennessee.
Dorothy Rubin was installed as chapeau of Fayette County Salon No. 375 of the 8&40.
Jody Dearth and Jerry Freeland were king and queen at the VCHS prom.
Susan Brannon was named editor of the Vandalois for 1967. She succeeded Barbara Nelson.
55 Years Ago
1956 – Walter Bernhardt of St. Peter was elected president of the Fayette County Hospital Board.
Barbara Dorries, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Dorries, received the highest Girl Scout award, the Curved Bar.
Bell Telephone Co. announced its plans to use a dial system in Vandalia. The company purchased the Mabry property at Fourth and Johnson streets for a local office.
Mrs. Edward Utlaut of St. Louis gave a memorial fund for a hospital in Greenville.
Mary Mahon and Don Lingle were crowned queen and king at the VCHS prom.
65 Years Ago
1946 – Edward Mills was employed as teacher in science and biology at VCHS, and was also hired as an assistant coach.
Velma Blades and Floyd Gene Staff were crowned queen and king at the VCHS junior-senior prom.
Mary Margaret Denning was graduated from St. Anthony’s School of Nursing in Terre Haute, Ind.