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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 19, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: The Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball team from 1953-54. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Jerry Swarm, Brad Pryor, Mark Miller, Dan Hampton, Jim Brannon, Ron McKay and Larry Walton. In the back row are, from left, Coach Bill Schultz, Terry Brown, Bill Augenstein, Darrell Stokes, John Cole, Keith Cripe and Coach Jim Staff.

  • The Way We Were-May 19, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Marlys Hayner was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
    Jennifer Warden of Vandalia Community High School was awarded a volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
    Mandi Langston earned a dental hygienist degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
    Tony Eckhardt was trapped under an overturned tractor for about eight hours, digging himself out with a screwdriver and a lid from an insect repellent can.

  • Steinhauers left big impression on Fayette County

    Within the 20-year period between 1840 and 1860, five young men named Steinhauer settled in Vandalia.  They included Michael and Daniel, who were brothers, and Jacob, Frank and Fred, also brothers and nephews or cousins of Michael and Daniel.

  • Banks of the Okaw May 12, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This group of basketball athletes played for Vandalia Junior High School in the 1953-54 school year.

  • The Way We Were-May 12, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger. The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • 'Vandalia Raid' results in several arrests

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, about eight miles northwest of Greenville, now known as Reno, and was a child during the turbulent days of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, known to many as a former high school teacher in Vandalia, many family stories. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 5, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured about 65 years ago, grew up south of Bluff City. He had a career in the Navy,  retired and moved back to the family farm.

  • The Way We Were-May 5, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • 'French 500' had connection in Fayette

    One of the “perks” of being involved in history and historical research is that, from time to time, I am contacted by people with fascinating stories about their Fayette County family.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 28, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This Stringtown graduate came to Vandalia to attend high school. She is shown modeling a dress she wore to her sorority initiation. A World War II bride, she was married in Atlanta. In Vandalia, she lived in the same house, with many of the same neighbors, for more than 50 years.