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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 13, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1950, shows two young women who grew up in Vandalia. One now lives in Ramsey and one now lives out of state (after living in Decatur for several years).

  • The Way We Were Oct. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996  – Using a stifling defense and a strong ground game, the Vandalia Vandals defeated Pana, 12-0, to win the Mid-State Conference football crown, the school's first in 20 years.
    Rich Walker, Vandalia's mayor for the past 12 years, announced that he would not seek reelection.
    Bill and Vernus Lytle of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Conestoga wagons were the way to the West

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, invited readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on his invitation, including one citizen who wished to remain anonymous.
    This writer gives a colorful, first-person account of the covered wagon days. It is from stories such as these that we learn more about life in Fayette County during the 1800s.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 6

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 73 years ago, grew up in the Mulberry Grove area.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 6

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, but approved an ordinance setting all alderman salaries at $4,000. Before, half of the aldermen were making $4,000 and half were making $3,600.
    The Vandalia Vandals football team earned a spot in the postseason playoffs by trouncing Shelbyville, 48-0.

  • First murder in Ramsey never solved

    The first murder of Ramsey Township took place early in the evening of Nov. 22, 1872.  It was a cowardly act, and the perpetrator was never found and charged.
    Thomas Francis "Frank" Little was sitting in the front room of his home with his sisters, Laura, Sarah Deborah and 12-year-old Emily. A lamp was lit, and Frank and the girls were seated around the room, spending the evening in song.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • More info on the blackberry patch conflict

    Many years ago, I read a story in "Fayette Facts" about two Fayette County women who got into a fight over a blackberry patch. It ended when one of the women pushed the other into an open well.
    From what I remembered, the local justice of the peace held court, fined the woman who did the pushing and then paid the fine for her.
    I have searched for this story off and on during the past several years, and finally gave up, figuring that I would stumble across it again one day.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney,  Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the offices of LeFevre, Zeman, Oldfield & Lawinger.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal, teacher and coach Bob McAllister, died after a battle with cancer.