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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy, pictured 44 years ago, has lived in the Ramsey area all his life. He now farms.

  • James Carroll wrote family history at 96

    In 1928, when James Monroe Jernigan Carroll was 96 years old, he sat down and composed a paper he titled, "A Brief History of the Carroll and Elam Families."
    James Monroe Carroll was the oldest son of Raford and Sarah Jernigan Carroll. He was born Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, after serving in the military, worked in the agricultural products field in Fayette County. He still lives in the county.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The LaFayette Players presented “On Golden Pond.” Todd and Barbara McKellar had the lead roles.
    The Vandalia football team, trailing 20-0 at halftime, came back to shock Greenville, 42-41, in overtime. Brain Buscher caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Whitten, and Whitten then hooked up with Jimmy Joe Pruett for the two-point conversion.
    The Fayette County Board voted to discontinue providing housing for the Fayette County sheriff.

  • Re-enactment was educational experience

    This past weekend, we were treated to a rare event – a military encampment and re-enactment.
    The two-day "2013 Armed Forces Tribute," sponsored by Wildlands Outdoor Equipment Inc., owned by Mat Hanabarger,  and the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, Inc. (WHRS) was deemed by the sponsors and attendants alike a success.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured more than 30 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • Newspapers a vital news source

    David Porter

    Illinois Press Association

  • Cemetery Walk features Meditation Garden

    Are you in for a multi-level experience?  This is your weekend!

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: The 1934 Vandalia Moose Lodge baseball team. Identified players are: Don Satterthwaite (front left) and Joe Crossman (front middle). Other members of the team include: Jim Woods, Robert Klasing, Don Ewart, Fred Stroble, Yale Howell, Joe Pridemore, Bennett Pope and Clarence Taylor.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht ecsuscs fo heac si nepneddet nupo teh seccuss fo het rheto.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Majestic Drapery Fabricators Inc. agreed to purchase Chelsea Enterprises and create 18 new jobs.
    Secretary of State Jim Edgar visited Vandalia and attended the old-fashioned picnic sponsored by the Fayette County Republicans.
    Vandalia’s girls’ tennis team was 12-0.
    The Vandalia golf team won the regional team title, Vandalia’s first since 1938. St. Elmo’s Scott Smith shot a 78 and claimed medalist honors.

    35 Years Ago