15 Years Ago
1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to pay $260,000 for 26.08 acres of land east of Owens-Brockway and south of John Crane, with plans to give part of that land to Signature Label to retain the local industry.
The Vandalia Community High School band and band instructor, Sean Reed-Bippen, went to the Vandalia Moose Lodge to record their halftime show for a compact disc. VCHS was one of seven schools chosen for the CD.
Kelly McGinnis, the Greenville man charged with the murder of Greenville attorney Tom Meyer in August, was charged with criminal damage to property more than $300 for allegedly shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre on Nov. 6.
The “City of Candles” project in Vandalia was to get under way for the second consecutive year on Nov. 1.
Irene and August Adermann were making plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
20 Years Ago
1991 – Arthur Young Inc. of Vandalia was again heading up the collection of toys for the Fayette County Caring and Sharing program. Donations of food and other items were also being accepted.
Henshel Manufacturing hat factory announced Monday morning that it was permanently closing the facility.
Four seniors from Fayette County high schools were named recipients of the DAR Award for their respective high schools. The 1991-92 winners are: Travis Stewart of Brownstown; Bryan Hopfensperger of Ramsey; Amy Scholes of St. Elmo; and Libby Isbell of Vandalia.
Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary purchased the computerized, state-of-the-art Physio-Control Lifepak P, which had a heart monitor, external pacemaker and hands-free defibrillator, for the FCH emergency room.
Crystal Schulte, a seventh-grade girls basketball player, grabbed a team-record 21 rebounds and had 18 points to lead the Vandalia girls to victory Monday night against Benld in the Jerseyville Regional.
Births: Blake Daniel to Jeff Knott and Missy Wehrle; Cody Michael to Mr. and Mrs. Mike McCollum of Effingham; Jordan Harold to to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Peebles of Pleasant Plains.
Glen and Mila Patterson of St. Elmo celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with a party at the Heritage Home Care Center in St. Elmo.
25 Years Ago
1986 – The Optimist Club presented Youth Appreciation Awards to VCHS seniors, Mark Miller, Mark Metivier, Chad Johnston, Lisa Senior, Charlotte Wolf, Pam Thull, Kristen Riegel, Regina Dothager and Elizabeth Adams.
Forrest Meseke was re-elected president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau. New board members were Ken Cripe, Ron Thomason and Gary Bunyard.
35 Years Ago
1976 – Robert Stephens of Lawrenceville succeeded Bruce Lowry as executive secretary of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
The arrival of Santa in Vandalia on Friday marked the beginning of the holiday season.
Vandalia Park Board issued $40,000 in bonds to expand the Vandalia Airport.
Temperatures in the Vandalia area varied from a low of 20 degrees on Tuesday to a high of 67 degrees on Friday.
Holiday activities got under way at the Vandalia Statehouse with a tree-trimming party on Dec. 4.
Ramsey National Bank planned to move from its temporary quarters into the newly built facilities soon.
An editorial in this week’s paper was titled, “Schools Face Possibility of Being Equalized to Death.”
Brownstown High School class of 1956 held a reunion on Nov. 20.
45 Years Ago
1966 – The Vandalia City Council awarded culvert contracts and allowed $500 for Christmas decorations.
Gladys Brasel was presented a pin in recognition of her 25 years of service as a 4-H leader.
Santa was due to arrive in Vandalia at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
Cameo Woman’s Club honored Charles Mills of the Vandalia Leader-Union because of the many courtesies he has extended to the club.
Fire damaged the Virgil Carson home in Sefton. Ray Abendroth, a Brownstown fireman, fell from the roof and broke his leg.
Connie Lea Oliver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oliver of Bluff City, appeared with the Country Western Music Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Vandalia Junior High School.
55 Years Ago
1956 – Irene Gesell was crowned queen of the LaGrove High School homecoming on Friday night.
Vandalia’s Christmas wiring was taken from the warehouse. The estimated value was $2,000.
Ray Johnson completed his course at the Radio, Electronic and T.V. School in Detroit, Mich. He was one of a class of 59.
Christmas season began officially in Vandalia on Friday. Santa was to arrive on Saturday, with the band playing and children lining the streets.
The Kaskaskia Flood Control Project was outlined with six levee districts between Vandalia and Cowden.
James McAfee was honored with a dinner on Thanksgiving Day in celebration of his 92nd birthday anniversary.
Cameon Club headed a fund drive for new Christmas lighting in Vandalia.
Mr. and Mrs. James Gillespie observed their 57th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crosby of Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bruce of Altamont; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Blankenship of Vandalia.
65 Years Ago
1946 – City Lines Inc., the local bus company, asked for a permit to operate.
R.S. Denny reported at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday that a half dozen or so major manufacturers had been in correspondence with him to establish headquarters or branch plants in this city.
Births: A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wangrow of Decatur; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Etcheson of Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Oberlink of Vandalia.
Jean Wilk was selected as a member of the University of Illinois' chorus of 110 voices.
Ralph Cripe was appointed conservation inspector.
Susan Greer received a Bulova watch as a reward for having sold magazine subscriptions in the amount of $240 in a recent McKinley School fund-raising campaign.
Mrs. Elvis Beck entertained members of the Mizpah Class at Ramsey Methodist Sunday School on Tuesday.
Helen Walker received a position with the county veterinarian, Dr. William R. Kirvin.
McKinley dads were treatedto a scalloped chicken dinner on Friday night. Mrs. Porter Simcox presented the Girls' Glee Club in three numbers. Colleen Smith gave a reading and Mrs. James Hortin introduced V.V. Bancroft of Carlyle, who was the speaker for the evening.