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Columns

  • Woman talks of meeting Lincoln

    One of the earliest residents of Decatur was a woman named Jane Martin Johns. Born on June 28, 1827 in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, she was married on Oct. 29, 1845, in Circleville, to Dr. H.C. Johns.
    In May 1849, by pure chance, which included getting thrown from his horse 10 miles west of Decatur and breaking his collarbone, Dr. Johns chose that place as his new home. He had been on a deer hunt when his horse spooked.

  • Too many gaming licenses?

    Editor,
    Two weeks ago, discussion about gaming held during a Vandalia City Council meeting was published in this newspaper. When I read that Vandalia had 16 licenses and Decatur 20, I thought it was a misprint. It was not.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister are shown in a photo taken in 1966 at their grandparents' home in Mulberry Grove. She works in downtown Vandalia, and her brother is retired.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were: Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In this week's Banks of the Okaw photo, taken about 35 years ago, is a retired Illinois Department of Transportation employee who owns a business in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were: Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 'Free Papers' in Fayette County

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the struggle that took place so far away from my childhood home of Vandalia, I would like to share with our readers the real-time cases from 1840 of four black people, one woman and three men, who had to prove their freedom in Fayette County court.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    25 Years Ago