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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Wanita Carruthers of Vera, a 1993 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was named Miss Fayette County Fair. She also received the title of Miss Congeniality.
    Brittany Miller was named Little Miss Fayette County Fair.
    Preparations continued for Vandalia’s 175th anniversary, with the unveiling of the anniversary logo and the release of a tentative schedule of events.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 60 years ago, grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1950.

  • Old child's suit found in great shape

    Lois Peck lost her husband, George F. Peck, in 2009, and while working in their garage recently, she came upon a suitcase that she believed contained George’s old Navy uniforms.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A fire,    reportedly caused by a cigarette, did an estimated $5,000 in damage to an apartment at the High School Apartments in Vandalia.
    Vandalia hosted a meeting of the I-70 Growth Association.
    Area meetings were being held on a proposed expansion of the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District.

    20 Years Ago

  • E.M. Pope was blacksmith in Vandalia

    Elijah M. Pope began work as a blacksmith when, at age 16, he was apprenticed to learn the trade.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1960, grew up in Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These Cub Scouts, pictured nearly 50 years ago, are from the Vandalia area – and several still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Students at Vandalia’s junior high and high school were being asked to address concerns voiced by local residents about students walking into traffic before school, during lunch and after school.
    The Vandalia City Council was considering a one-block extension of Kennedy Boulevard, by renaming the 100 block of South Third Street.
    Brownstown’s Erik Sefton was chosen to participate in the fifth annual Central Illinois All-Star Basketball Game.

  • L-U starts new photo feature

    They bring back memories of the candy section and creaky wooden floors of G.C. Murphy on Gallatin Street and the ice-cold root beer at A&W.
    Because of that, it’s quite appropriate that the Facebook page started by Kathy Schultz is named “Vandalia Memories.”
    And while the Facebook page does, indeed, stir many memories, it’s also a great display of Vandalia’s past for all ages.
    Schultz started the Facebook page a little more than three years ago, and since then, hundreds of old Vandalia photos have been put online.

  • Nancy Snyder Blalock preserves history

    “I am the youngest daughter of Henry and Nancy Snyder, and was born on the bank or near the Okaw River, on what was then called the Snyder Hill, now known as the Dan Clark Hill.”
    So begins the story, written by Nancy Snyder Blalock, for the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, as she joined other old settlers in reminiscences from those earlier times.