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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This 5-year-old, pictured in 1934, is an Oklahoma native but has lived in St. Elmo most of her life.

  • Book tells tale of trip to South Carolina

    Credit for the following adventure goes to my son, Mat. A couple of weeks ago,  he asked if I had ever heard of a Capt. Andrews from South Carolina, who was paid to come to Vandalia to pick up an old man, who wanted to come home. This was an entirely new story for me.

  • Robert L. Wilson one of 'The Long Nine'

    The famous Illinois "Long-Nine," of which Abraham Lincoln was the established leader,  was made up of two Sangamon County senators,  Archer Herndon and Job Fletcher, and seven representatives, Lincoln, Ninian Wirt Edwards, John Dawson, Andrew McCormick, Dan Stone, William F. Elin and Robert L. Wilson.

  • 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.