15 Years Ago
1997 – Chicago native Ron Neibert, who had been economic development coordinator at Columbia for the past two years, was hired as the city of Vandalia's first city administrator.
Alta Rush, formerly of Brownstown, celebrated her 90th birthday.
Yolanda Richardson and Nick Krueger were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School prom.
The Illinois Drug Education Alliance honored the city of St. Elmo for its anti-drug campaign efforts and 9-year-old Heather Mills for her computer graphic poster.