30 Years Ago
1990 – John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.
Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, St. Elmo; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.
Curt Braun of Vandalia received several special awards from the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville.
35 Years Ago
1985 – William Schultz, Doris Lackey and Anna Mae Cripe, who had more than 100 years of combined service to Vandalia Community Unit Schools, turned in resignations at the May Board meeting.
Donald K. Wright resigned as executive director of FAYCO Enterprises.
Meg McKellar announced she would attend Millikin University and play sports there.
Fire destroyed a portion of Bunyard’s Elevator in Mulberry Gove.
Jan Johnston was recognized as the Family Y Volunteer of the Year.
45 Years Ago
1975 – The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 12.1-pay increase for teachers during a special meeting Tuesday night.
Larry Joe Carroll graduated from St. Louis City Hospital School Nursing on Sunday, May 30.
Joy Squibb won a piano playing contest at Monticello on Monday.
Thursday evening, May 22, Melrose Chapter entertained the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star of Illinois and her official family.
His teammates and coach voted Rich Rames the most valuable player of the year; Greg Hohlt was voted most valuable in golf; Bill Culbertson, wrestling; Mike McCollum, basketball; and Mary Rames, tennis.
After 33 years of teaching, Pete Johnson of Brownstown retired.
Julie Staff received the outstanding home economics student of the year award from instructor Sandra Leidner at the style show on Thursday night.
Once again, First National Bank of Vandalia was providing truck and trailer title and license service.
55 Years Ago
1965 – Gold Star Mothers, Sisters and charter members of American Legion Auxiliary were honored at a regular meeting Thursday evening.
Humble Oil Co. paid half a million dollards to Fayette County in taxes this year.
Barenfanger opened a new office building on Main Street.
At a noon luncheon Dr. Henry Lavernia, St. Elmo, was named chairman of Fayette County Heart Association.
Doris Tackett was crowned queen of the Brownstown prom.
American Legion of St. Peter improved the baseball park with new bleachers and lighting.
Vandalia’s Tin Lizzie Patrol was practicing for the parade to be held in Springfield on Saturday.
Home Show and beauty contest were canceled for lack of participants.
65 Years Ago
1955 – Dancers for the Hawaiian dinner for Cameo Club on Thursday were Mrs. Harold G. Newton, Mrs. Lester Elmore and Mrs. Harry Walton Jr.
Ricky Brock-Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burl Brock-Jones, received a “God and Country Award” at the Christian Church Sunday afternoon.
For having had pictures and articles chosen for publication in Junior Historian, Gov. William Stratton presented Joan Kielyan, 13, Central eighth-grader, with an award in Springfield on Friday.
Except for Crawford-Hale’s firing squad salute to deceased comrades, no program for Memorial Day was planned this year.
The Rev. William Henderson was reassigned to First Methodist Church in Vandalia at the 104th annual conference.
Vandalia swimming pool planned to open Saturday, May 28, for two days, then it was to be closed for a week and open June 4 for the summer.
The Pittsburg Free Methodist Church was dedicated Sunday.
Vandalia Girl Scout Council sent Nancy Nutter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nutter, to the National Girl Scouts camp near Detroit, Mich., June 29-July 11.
Sixteen past presidents of Crawford-Hale Post Auxiliary and two Gold Star Mothers were honored Thursday evening.