The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s community improvement committee, headed by Jean Stombaugh, arranged to have Vandalia participate in a Community Swap with Tuscola. The University of Illinois Extension Program’s Community Swap program allows people to visit and assess each other’s community.
Fayette County Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz announced that she would seek a second term in office.
The Vandalia Vandals lost to Nashville in the second round of the state football playoffs, but VCHS running back Travis Blain surpassed the 2,000-yard mark in rushing.
Heather Oldfield, a Vandalia native studying at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., was given an Award of Merit in a competition sponsored by two Kentucky public relations firms. Oldfield was the managing editor of Towers, the seminary’s weekly campus publication.
In the county’s new $7.4-million budget, the Fayette County Board set aside $300,000 to begin addressing needed improvements to the county courthouse.
Brad and Mary Ann Smith celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Fayette County Caring & Sharing volunteers were preparing to distribute Christmas baskets to about 500 needy families in the county.
The Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse attracted 559 people. The Fayette County Hospital team of volunteers raised $2,612 for the Fayette County United Fund.
The 1992 winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award were Sara Portz of Ramsey, Denise Carson of Brownstown, Tara Smith of St. Elmo and Ben Culbertson of Vandalia.
Capital Cable started operations in its new Vandalia office, located at 318 N. Fourth St.
Lyle Balance, Fayette County’s supervisor of assessments for 22 years, announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year.
The St. Elmo City Council voted to reject Bob Mattingly’s reinstatement as chief of police.
Bob Richards, meteorologist for KSDK-TV, visited students at Jefferson School in Vandalia.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Fayette County Caring & Sharing distributed 380 Christmas baskets to needy families.
St. Elmo won its own holiday basketball tournament for the first time in the tournament’s 23-year history. Eagles named to the all-tourney team included Kevin Maxey, Greg Feezel and Ed Moss. St. Elmo cheerleaders won the second-place cheerleading trophy.
FAYCO Enterprises leased a building on Sunset Drive for administrative offices and its Birth-to-Three and Day Training programs.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Candidates for the spring 1978 primary began filing petitions. The first to file were Bob Austin, Carrol Dugan, Tom Isbell, David Marty and Dave Waltz.
The Fayette County Board accepted the $259,000 bid of a Granite City firm for the construction of a highway garage on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
During the six days of shotgun deer season, Fayette County hunters bagged 217 deer.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Meyers of Bingham were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
45 Years Ago

1967 – The United Fund Drive had already reached 75 percent of its goal. County Chairman G.V. Blythe announced that $21,656 had been collected.
Janice Hildebrand was announced as the DAR Good Citizen Award winner at LaGrove High School in Farina.
Vandalia officials announced that as of Jan. 1, 1968, it would no longer pick up trash put in 55-gallon drums.

55 Years Ago

1957 – The interior of Four Mile Church was badly damaged by fire.
John C. Moore received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind.
Alden Kirkman was graduated from State Highway Police training in Springfield, and he was assigned to District 12 headquarters in Effingham.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Vandalia Community High School was preparing to celebrate homecoming. The VCHS chorus, under the direction of Anna Ruth Kains, was to present Handel’s “Messiah.”
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Algood of St. Elmo celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
The Civil Air Patrol met for the first time, with 50 enthusiasts attending the meeting.

75 Years Ago

1937 – At their December meeting, members of the Vandalia Woman’s Club presented gifts to children under the age of 10.
The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was fortunate enough to secure Vernon Peak and his orchestra for its masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve.  

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