20 Years Ago
1997 – A Grand March and Grand Ball were added to this year’s Grande Levée to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.
The Fayette County Relay for Life raised $23,500, $5,500 above the goal set by local event organizers. Since the goal was exceeded, Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik agreed to have his head shaved.
An open house for the new addition to Fayette County Hospital was held.
Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm of Loogootee denied a motion that asked for a new trial for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton. Heaton’s attorneys were asking Schwarm to reconsider an April decision not to allow a new trial.
Keith and Kathy Schaal of Vandalia were the new owners of the local Century 21 agency.
Peter Palumbo was a new associate attorney at LeFevre & Oldfield Law Group.
Phil and Gertrude Davison of Brownstown were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, and Harold and Glendora Godbersen of Ramsey were celebrating their 30th anniversary.
25 Years Ago
1992 – Maranatha Felmlee, 19, of Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair Queen. Christina Kimberlin was crowned Little Miss Fayette County Fair.
Temperence Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. of Vandalia was to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The Vandalia Youth Organization used funds donated by the Vandalia Lions Club and monies donated to the Wayne Depew Memorial Fund to buy a pitching machine.
30 Years Ago
1987 – Charles Roberts was named administrator at Fayette County Hospital.
Kathy Outland, Angela Conder and Rhonda McCall were to represent Vandalia at the National Junior Olympics in Provo, Utah.
40 Years Ago
1977 – A Golden Circle Nutrition Center was planned for St. Elmo.
Fayette County placed itself in the running for a new medium-security prison.
Sean Hannigan’s quarter horse, Skip ‘n Win, was named grand champion at the Fayette County Fair.
Bill Taggart, the new football coach at Vandalia Community High School, was to meet with his prospective players.
Dee McCormick of Brownstown received her master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois, two years after graduating from Eastern Illinois University.
Tanglewood Apartments in Vandalia was to be opened soon.
Vandalia merchants were planning a summer fun festival.
50 Years Ago
1967 – The Fayette County Board of Supervisors granted a one-quarter-cent sales tax increase to benefit the Extension Service.
Samuel Kistler of Vandalia won the tractor driving contest at the Fayette County Fair and earned the right to represent the county at the state fair.
The new Day N’ Nite Bi-Rite Supermarket held a grand opening.
Champions in 4-H at the county fair included Bruce Wright’s Angus bull and Dewayne Brown’s gilt.
Fayette County paid a bounty on more than 1,000 groundhogs.
An open house and dance were held to celebrate remodeling of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home.
60 Years Ago
1957 – Patsy Schwarm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schwarm of Loogootee, won 31 ribbons at the Fayette County Fair.
Kay Sue Edie was in the cast of 50 Southern Illinois University music majors participating in “Carousel” at Shy rock Auditorium.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce voted to pay $6,000 for the sewer project at the new Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory.