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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County United Way received $22,000 in donations.
    The Rev. Eric McDonald was the new minister at Temple Baptist Church.
    Referee Don Price, 52, of Grayville, collapsed while refereeing the Vandalia-Teutopolis boys basketball game in the Mid-Winter Classic in Newton. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

  • Roda Wing's writing touched many

    So often in history, the woman’s story is overlooked and left untold. Such would have been the fate of Roda Wing, wife of Fayette County Surveyor Alexander Hamilton Wing, were it not for her scrapbook being placed on the shelf of an antique store.
    Made by Mrs. Wing for her son, John Alexander Wing, the scrapbook contained articles written by her during the years 1883-1904 for the publication,
    "Colman’s Rural World," based in St. Louis.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured with his car in 1942, lived in Fayette County all his life. He served in World War II, had five children,  and worked as a farmer and school bus driver.
     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – CPR administered by Mulberry Grove health instructor Kathy Lappe and junior-senior high Principal Bill Donaldson saved the life of 15-year-old student Tracy Goodin, who had quit breathing after choking on food or suffering some type of seizure during lunch hour.
    St. Elmo cable subscribers voiced complaints about a rate adjustment and poor reception to Warner Cable Communications Inc. personnel at a town meeting.

  • P.C. Bascom recalls Bluff City School

    As the 1938 Bluff City School reunion approached, P.C. Bascom, a former early resident, was contacted regarding his earliest memories of the school. His response by letter, dated Aug. 8, 1938, was published in The Vandalia Union newspaper and contained the earliest history to date on this school.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This couple, who live in the Shafter area, are pictured in 1976.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Shelbyville won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament with a 4-0 record. Paul Lusk of Wesclin was named tournament MVP. Vandalia sophomore Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team.
    Patoka took third in the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament, with Scott Cain earning all-tournament honors.
    DAR winners in Fayette County were: Stephanie McGuire, LaGrove: Crystal Myers, St. Elmo; Lisa Luster, Brownstown; Tracy Sanders, Vandalia; and Deanna Eller, Ramsey.

  • Walking tour shows much of city's history

    This topic was suggested by "Indiana" Bob Thompson, who’s Thompson Clan has chosen Vandalia as a meeting place for many family reunions. The roots of this family go deep into the historical strata of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady has lived in the Ramsey area all her life.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Four inches of snow on top of frozen rain made traveling hazardous and filled local hotels and motels.

    35 Years Ago

    1978 – The federal excise tax on telephone service was to have dropped from 4 to 3 percent on Jan. 1.
    Charles Bowles, county highway superintendent, predicted that the new highway department headquarters on Ill. Rt. 185 would be completed by Feb. 1.
    The Frozen Open Golf Tournament on New Year’s Day was scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.