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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo was born in Effingham on April 13, 1935, but grew up in Vandalia. His grandparents owned a hotel in Vandalia. He has lived in Wisconsin for the past 55 years.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
    Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
    Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Here's an easy one for you! This 1971 graduate of Vandalia Community High School is shown in his sophomore year photo. He was the treasurer of his sophomore class at VCHS. After graduation, he went on to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

  • The real life effect of not having a state budget

    Rich Miller-Capitol Fax
    I’ve been going to Statehouse committee hearings longer than I care to remember - something like 27 years. Last week, however, was the first time I can ever recall having to fight back tears during a hearing.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Bombings in Fayette County

    The silence of the early morning of Feb. 15, 1952, was shattered by an explosive charge set off by unknown person or persons at the V. A. Kelley Grain Co. on the corner of Sixth and Johnson streets.

  • Wilberton was once 'Bulltown'

    This scene has played itself over several times in our county’s history.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.
    In a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district’s athletic policy.
    Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Shown in a photo taken about 30 years ago are two neighbors and buddies who went to Jefferson School together.