The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

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.
Fayette Water Co. held a groundbreaking ceremony in St. Elmo to mark the beginning of its work to provide quality water to rural residents in Fayette County.
Brownstown High School students, Shawn Lotz and Brooke Clymer were preparing to travel to Holland in the summer for an international high school basketball competition.
John and Neta Terry were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
Charlie Francis of Vandalia was named “Horseman of the Year” by the Illinois Western Horse Show and Racing Association.

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Leader-Union won six awards, including one for being the top large weekly newspaper in Southern Illinois, at the Southern Illinois Editorial Association dinner.
Prom candidates for Vandalia Community High School were announced. Queen candidates were Laura Duggins, Beth Daniels, Casey Hutchins and Ede Breuenderman. King candidates were Blake Denton, Michael Brown, Aaron Jaworski and Chris Whitten.
The jury trial for Stuart Heaton of Bluff City on murder charges was set to begin on June 15.
Vandalia’s Cumberland Road Festival plans were finalized.
Gretchen Schneider of Vandalia qualified for advancement to regional gymnastics competition for ages 8-11.
Celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries were Mr. and Mrs. Verle Ledbetter and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Robinson.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Because voters rejected a referendum, the Vandalia Park District was closing two parks, cutting back on hours at its swimming pool and cutting back on mowing in lesser-used parks.
Dr. Joshua Weiner retired after 39 years of serving the medical needs of people in Fayette County.
Jami Wasmuth tossed a no-hitter game, as Vandalia defeated Ramsey in girls softball, 11-1.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Hospital Week was observed at Fayette County Hospital with posters, free films, tests, displays, disaster drills and visitations.
Alpha Mu sorority handled publicity for the upcoming blood drive.
Dr. Mark Ervin announced that Dr. Michael Fulton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Fulton, would be moving back to Vandalia to join Ervin’s practice.
Mike McConaughy was the winner of the DeKalb Award.
Cousin Fred’s and Ben Franklin were planning big sales.

45 Years Ago

1967 – The Vandalia Welcome Wagon Club was planning its charity ball at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
Bruce Wright tossed the discuss 140 ½ feet to set a new school record at Vandalia High School.
A farewll party was held for Alma Howard, secretary at First Methodist Church. She was leaving to join her husband at a base in Southern Texas.

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