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  • Vandalia Memories

    The former A&W Root Beer stand, which was located on North Eighth Street south of Dairy Queen, is shown above.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – A minor earthquake measuring between 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale woke many Fayette County residents from their sleep.
    VI Enterprises closed its hat manufacturing plant in Vandalia.
    About 450 teens attended Teen Aid V at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1985 – About 70 people turned out to “Meet the Candidates” who were running for city offices in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl loves animals and children.

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.

  • Washington and other early schools

    While looking through back issues of The Vandalia Union, I came across an article that rather surprised me. The subject of the article was the demolition of Washington School, which was scheduled to begin April 23, 1940.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The focus of this photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Steve Jerden, is the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the northeast corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    The building currently at that location, the former home of a second Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Bank, now serves as Vandalia City Hall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Vandalia made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 66-55 win over St. Elmo in the regional finals. It was Vandalia’s first regional victory in five years.
    Randy Heckert of St. Elmo and Brian Kern of Vandalia earned all-state honorable mention status in the AP Class A All-State Poll.
    Dixon Ticonderoga was in the process of closing its Vandalia warehouse, resulting in the loss of about six jobs locally.
    Don Funk was promoted from director of operations to vice president of Benner-Nawman Inc.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This boy is very athletic and gets along great with others, and the girl is a young bride looking forward to having a family.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl always wanted her curls brushed out. She enjoys reading and church, has lots of cousins and has gardening, painting and baking as hobbies.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
    School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.