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  • The Way We Were-Aug. 4, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A nationwide search was kicked off for Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man who gunned down Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer in the alley behind the lawyer’s office downtown.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution prohibiting drinking outside of bars in the city, after some bar owners asked for permission to have beer gardens.
    Bruce Clanton of rural Vandalia was recognized as a candidate for the American FFA Degree, the highest honor in the Future Farmers of America.

  • Wolf packs terrorized citizens, livestock

    “Grandfather Howell came to Illinois from Tennessee in 1825, settling in Marion County, having taken up land from the government, 80 acres at the time of his coming. He afterward bought 120 acres from the government, a part of which was timbered and a part was on the prairie.
    “There were not any settlements on the prairie at that time, all the settlements there were then being in the timbered land. The first Monday in May was wolf day. All the settlers gathered at that day and made a general drive, often taking numbers of prairie wolves.”

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 28, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows two Brownstown High School graduates in the early 1960s. They both still live in Brownstown and are both retired. They both enjoy traveling.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: James Johnson.
    Identifying him were: Lou Turner, Elaine Michel and Vicky Diveley.

  • The Way We Were-July 28, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – City police officer Danny Carman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Randolph and Coles streets that occurred while he was responding to a call.
    Melody Davis, 44, of St. Elmo, was killed in a two-car accident on the blacktop north of St. Elmo.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson Stein of St. James were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The Vandalia City Council narrowed the list of candidates for economic development director from 38 to five.

  • Dieckmanns were early Vandalia settlers

    The Dieckmann family name holds a major place of importance in the early business life of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 21, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 60 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, one of 15 children in his family. He worked at a local factory, has three daughters and now lives in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-July 21, 2011

    15 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.

  • 'Wagon-Tongue' Adams led Vandalia team

    In 1981, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper ran a series of old photos submitted by their readers.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July14, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 7, grew up in Seminary Township. She is well known around Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 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.