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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Fire destroyed Joe’s Never Inn on Saturday, Dec. 10.
    Vandalia wrestlers won the Mt. Pulaski Tournament. Winning their weight classes were John Wehrle, John Durbin and Tim Woolin.
    Max Watson was re-elected chairman of the Fayette County Board.
    Quail Hill, a quail and pheasant hunting preserve, was opened by Wayne Deal and Dr. Charles Johnston.
    Vandalia resident Larry Gehle matched five of six numbers in the Illinois Lottery and won $3,077.

    35 Years Ago

  • Only toughest survived Battle of Trenton

    Henry Ginger came to Fayette County around 1821 from Tennessee with his wife,  Chana, and some of their 15 children.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1973 and went to Texas Bible College, where she met her husband. She still lives in Texas.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Gary, Tim and Ron Emerick purchased the Ford-New Holland farm equipment dealership from Jim Poland, who retired after 37 years in the farm equipment business.
    WPMB celebrated its 25th year of operation.

    35 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Statehouse holds many stories

    For the past week, we have been working full steam to decorate the Vandalia Statehouse for the upcoming Christmas season. Coming up this Saturday is the annual Open House from 5-8 p.m., when we throw open the doors, and the first 100 families to sign the guest book receive a free ornament.
    Organizers are asking visitors to bring a can of food for the local food drive that is going on.

  • Banks of the Okaw

     

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man attended school in Vandalia, where he was a standout wrestler. He now lives in Troy and works in St. Louis.

     

  • The Way We Were

     

    20 Years Ago

     

  • Governor's mansion not always popular

     

     On Monday, along with my son, Ethan, Cheryl and Randy Pollard, Steve Riddle (Vandalia Statehouse site superintendent) and Travis Pence, I had the honor of visiting the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.

     

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In a photo taken a little more than four decades ago, these two brothers are ages 5 and 2.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Vandalia resident Wallace Weicherding, who hosted a Ku Klux Klan rally at his lake home in September, was fired from his job as a sergeant at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro for allegedly promoting his racial beliefs while on the job.
    Local artists Kim Shanks and Matt Mayfield dressed up the Vandalia Historical Society room at Evans Public Library by creating a painting of Abraham Lincoln on one of the walls.