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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two cousins, born just a day apart, are about to celebrate their 75th birthdays. They hung around Four Mile Country Grocery Store back in the day. One lives in Decatur and the other in rural Brownstown.

  • Another Lincoln tie to this county

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about the “founding” of Vandalia by commissioners sent to interior of Illinois for that purpose.

  • The story of the federal operation

    The stillness of the early morning was shattered by the ringing of the telephone on the bedside table, and my former father-in-law’s day was about to be ruined. It was 7:15 in the morning, and the caller asked Bob to come to the door.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    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 Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
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    Last week's Scrambler: Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.