1997 – A fire that apparently started in the kitchen area destroyed the home of the David Smith family in Vandalia.
The Leader-Union placed third in the annual advertising and marketing contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.
Sandra Leidner won six of nine precincts to become the first woman elected mayor of Vandalia.
Betty Anne and Duane Luallen of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary .
On Sept. 15, 1995, with my sons, Aaron and Ethan, I accompanied the late Agnes Grubaugh on a cemetery hunt. We were looking for the burial ground of Agnes’ ancestors, John and Mary Seagraves Depew, who settled in Fayette County around 1821.
In spite of months of intense efforts by local officials and business representatives, Graham Packaging announced this week its plan to close its plant in Vandalia. The closure will be effective in July.
That decision leaves 126 hourly employees and 12 salaried employees – along with 77 hourly employees who are currently on layoff – without jobs. And it puts a giant dent in the Vandalia economy, as the buying power of those 215 families is diminished.
1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.
With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.