20 Years Ago
1998 – The Fayette County Board looked over the final plans for a courthouse renovation and addition project, and voted 10-3-1 to proceed with the project.
A group-breaking ceremony was held in St. Elmo for Deken Sports Park. The complex will include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, two basketball courts, a jogging/walking path, a children’s play area and four picnic pavilions.
Earl and Helen Shelton were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and Forrest and Elva Johnson were marking their golden anniversary.
Vandalia officials met with representatives of two engineering firms to discuss the odor that continued to spread by the city’s sewer treatment plant.
Gary Ehrat celebrated 30 years with Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply in Vandalia.
Ray and Viola Lotz of St. Peter and Glenda and Charles Lawler of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries.
Michael Provines of Vandalia earned a medical award for excellence in anesthesiology at University of Illinois-Chicago.
25 Years Ago
1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a letter of support for a state grant for a grant application filed with the state. The city was seeking state assistance in extending sewer lines to the area of the old Tanner Drive-In.
Even though its application for state grant funds was turned down, the Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club announced that it would proceed with plans to build a handicapped fishing pier.
Rob Blackerby of Vandalia graduated from the Belleville Area College Police Academy. He was a deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Clayton and Bonnie Whitten were celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Vandalia Terrace was honoring Fairy Fogler, who was retiring after more than 20 years as the facility’s activities director.
Cecil and June Williams of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Cain’s Drug Store, 516 W Gallatin St., Vandalia, completed an extensive remodeling project.
At its second Hometown Support Program, First National Bank of Vandalia handed out a total of $4,500 to 22 area group.
Russ and Juanita Hewitt were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
30 Years Ago
1988 – The Charles J. Ruemmelin Foundation approved disbursements of $8,000 to the Vandalia Swimming Pool and $19,400 for restroom facilities at Mark Greer Field.
Georgia Kendall was named postmaster at the Hagarstown Post Office.
Dr. Alan Hoffman of Vandalia was named to a state Rural Health Task Force.
40 Years Ago
1978 – The local Masonic Lodge planned to begin immediate construction on a new Masonic Temple at the corner of Sixth and Johnson streets.
John Hulskotter was installed as president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
Local man Leslie Benefiel was coaching a softball team for the handicapped in Hutchinson, Kan.
50 Years Ago
1968 – Vandalia Mayor Forrest Barbee appointed a committee to speed up the development of the city lake.
The Illinois District of United Pentecostal Church honored the Rev. J.H. Reeter, pastor of the local church who had served as district secretary for 23 years.
Mary Evans, school cafeteria supervisor for Vandalia Schools, was among 98 people attending a school lunch workshop at Southern Illinois University.
55 Years Ago
1958 – The Vandalia City Council adopted an agreement in the sate for improvements to Third Street. The city was to pay $31,000, and the state was to contribute $319,000.
Melvin Schneidermeyer received a 20-year pin from Shell Oil Co.
Max Claggett was elected president of the Brownstown Lions Club.
65 Years Ago
1948 – The Civil Air Patrol held an open house to display equipment and explain its purpose.
Manual training was added to the curriculum at Vandalia High School. Russell Hewitt was hired as the instructor.
The opening of the new national highway caused heavy traffic on Fifth Street.