Features http://www.leaderunion.com/features/todaysfeatures en Brownstown honors, prays for those in uniform http://www.leaderunion.com/content/brownstown-honors-prays-those-uniform <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/meninblue_reed.jpg" alt="Jerry Reed leads a prayer during the service on Friday." title="Jerry Reed leads a prayer during the service on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Our People in Uniform,<br /> Brown, Tan, Black, White or Blue,<br /> No matter the uniform&rsquo;s color or hue,<br /> Within the cloth beats a courageous heart,<br /> That they lay on the line to protect me and you.</p> HCE provides something useful for all ages http://www.leaderunion.com/content/hce-provides-something-useful-all-ages <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug11_2016_faces_hce.jpg" alt="The youngest and oldest Home and Community Education members in Fayette County – Kali Bruno and Lucille Fisher." title="The youngest and oldest Home and Community Education members in Fayette County – Kali Bruno and Lucille Fisher." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> This week&rsquo;s Fayette Faces feature two members of the Fayette County Home &amp; Community Education organization, one with HCE longevity (from the first meeting) and the youngest, who is attending with her grandmother.</p> Siblings donate 1911 Vandalois to high school http://www.leaderunion.com/content/siblings-donate-1911-vandalois-high-school <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lawlerkids1_larry_jerry_jeannee_deloris_front_0.jpg" alt="Donating a copy of the 1911 Vandalois to the Vandalia Chool District were siblings Jerry and Larry Lawler, Jeanne Hohlt and Deloris Peckron." title="Donating a copy of the 1911 Vandalois to the Vandalia Chool District were siblings Jerry and Larry Lawler, Jeanne Hohlt and Deloris Peckron." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The name Lawler has been a very familiar and respected name in the Vandalia, as Nelson Lawler was the first school bus driver for the Vandalia schools, and he was very well liked by all who knew him, including the students on his bus routes.</p> More memories of the railroad in Vandalia http://www.leaderunion.com/content/more-memories-railroad-vandalia <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july28_faces_fisher.jpg" alt="Lucille Fisher" title="Lucille Fisher" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover&rsquo;s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.</p> More railroad stories from Vandalia's past http://www.leaderunion.com/content/more-railroad-stories-vandalias-past <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trainscaboosewedding.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As we continue with our readers&rsquo; memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II&rsquo;s young soldiers passing through Vandalia, taking a brief break when the train stops for a while to take on water, and including the true story of one of Vandalia&rsquo;s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.</p> Zimmerman educates about eating disorders http://www.leaderunion.com/content/zimmerman-educates-about-eating-disorders <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hce1_4h_flo_rachaelzimmerman.jpg" alt="Rachel Zimmerman, right, is shown with Fayette County HCE Board President Flo Allen." title="Rachel Zimmerman, right, is shown with Fayette County HCE Board President Flo Allen." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In an effort to make people aware of the dangers of eating disorders, 16-year-old Rachel Zimmerman shared her battle with an eating disorder in the form of a speech for the Fayette County Fair 4-H speech competition.<br /> <br /> On Monday, June 27, Zimmerman delivered her speech before the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board to be judged.<br /> Leo members help spruce up the downtown http://www.leaderunion.com/content/leo-members-help-spruce-downtown <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july7_2016_faces_leos.jpg" alt="Four members of the local Leo Club – Preston Sanders, Mason Dailler, Justin Kulesza and Caitlain Flowers – are shown with Bill Haselhorst, one of the club&#039;s advisers from the Vandalia Lions Club." title="Four members of the local Leo Club – Preston Sanders, Mason Dailler, Justin Kulesza and Caitlain Flowers – are shown with Bill Haselhorst, one of the club&#039;s advisers from the Vandalia Lions Club." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.</p> Berger has special memories of local trains http://www.leaderunion.com/content/berger-has-special-memories-local-trains <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/june30_2016_faces_chip2berger.jpg" alt="Chip Berger is shown with a piece of 3D train artwork that was once part of a display in a liquor store owned by brothers Doug and Gene &quot;Sparky&quot; Green. Gene, who was related to Chip, gave the display to Louis Squibb and Squibb put it in a red frame. It was later given to Berger, who displays it on his fireplace mantle. " title="Chip Berger is shown with a piece of 3D train artwork that was once part of a display in a liquor store owned by brothers Doug and Gene &quot;Sparky&quot; Green. Gene, who was related to Chip, gave the display to Louis Squibb and Squibb put it in a red frame. It was later given to Berger, who displays it on his fireplace mantle. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Since beginning this journey into the past of the trains and their cabooses traveling on the tracks through Vandalia, many stories, memories, experiences, and even inspirations, have surfaced.</p>