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.
Many communities and organizations hold festivals and other activities in the summer months, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that the kids are out of school and many families are out and about.
But this summer is a good example of why spring and fall may be better times for those special events.
Take the Grande Levée, for example. The period celebration was traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, which was good for the fact that everybody remembered when it was being held.
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).