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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two youngsters were photographed at the Brownstown Carnival 60 years ago. Today, he farms and she checks out books.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

     1996 – The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool was ready to open after extensive rehabilitation work was completed.
    Reservations were being taken for the second annual Vandalia Community High School alumni banquet.
    A Centralia judge, Harold Pennock III, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following an auto accident in Centralia. The accident occurred a little more than an hour after Pennock completed his daily duties on the bench in Fayette County.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in the photo is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School and the University of Illinois. Described as "very personable," he enjoys camera and he helped southern countries through the Peace Corps. He is married and has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Vandalia's early days as capital

    With Kaskaskia as territorial capitol of the infant state, the first state constitutional convention met on Aug. 18, 1818, and issued a report “relative to a permanent seat of government…” Land was donated from the proprietors of Pope’s Bluff, Hill’s Ferry and Covington.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.