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Columns

  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse for Owens-Brockway in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council voted to require residents to register at city hall when they held garage sales. Residents were limited to two garage sales per year.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this youngster was taken when she was in kindergarten. She went through Vandalia Community High School, and worked at First National Bank in Vandalia while in high school and college. She now lives out of state, but returns home often.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Pictured are two friends, one of whom still lives in the area and the other in Decatur.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Sister experienced weather issues

    I have never been in a hurricane, never experienced a tornado and I have never experienced floodwaters in my home.
    My heart goes out to those who live in Texas and are struggling with the continued fury of Hurricane Harvey.
    Whereas I have never experienced these events, my sister, Sandy, a former Navy wife, lived through this and more. Her first years of marriage exposed her to tropical storms while stationed with her husband at Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Ga.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Klan in Fayette County

    In May 1923, the Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.