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.
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.
As the project to determine an Ill. Route 51 bypasses around area communities continues to creep along, the public once again has an opportunity to see the progress and offer input.
The first of the local meetings was held Tuesday in Ramsey. Additional meetings are planned next week in Patoka (Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center) and in Vandalia (Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Mother of Dolors Parish Center).
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.
Though the Fayette County Fair has been going on since last Saturday, there's still plenty of action to come before it completes its run this Saturday.
One of the early activities this week was the crowning of the fair royalty. Reigning over the fair are Marisa Thomason (Miss Fayette County Fair), Brooke Mayfield (Junior Miss Fayette County Fair) and Emma Grace Smith (Little Miss Fayette County Fair). Congratulations to those young women. They will continue to represent Fayette County at events throughout the next year.