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Columns

  • Old postcard has Bingham IOOF

    Some time ago, while in the eastern part of the state, a detour at Marshall took me down U.S. Route 40. This was a thrill, since portions of this highway lay over the original roadbed of the National Road, which to me has a certain fascination.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In this photo, taken in the 1970s, are members of a Ramsey family that lived on a farm. Three of the girls live in Vandalia and another is married and lives in Mulberry Grove. Their brother lives on the Ramsey farm.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This husband and wife, in a photo taken before the 1956 prom at Vandalia Community High School, both graduated from VCHS and the University of Illinois.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rose Hawkins tells of early Ramsey

    The following was published in the Ramsey News-Journal in March 1981, having been sent in by Rose Stanfield Hawkins, who was 9 years old when her family arrived in Ramsey on Oct. 18, 1908.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Enloe early figure in state's history

    Some time ago, I was asked by John Coleman of Bond County if I would like to see an old ledger book of Asahel Enloe.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two children, at a local daycare, play beauty shop, with the girl using a hair dryer on her playmate.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 – Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    25 Years Ago