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Today's Features

  • Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover’s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.

  • As we continue with our readers’ memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II’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’s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.

  • 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.

    On Monday, June 27, Zimmerman delivered her speech before the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board to be judged.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rod Rogers serves as pastor of the 137-year-old Arm Prairie Church, located south of Brownstown. And he and his wife, Sissy, join the congregation in holding a cookout at 3 p.m. on June 4 to revive the little church structure.

  • Mark Miller’s massive train setup has more new tracks in place, and more new stops along the line, including Mayberry, everyone’s favorite town, with Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Aunt Bea, Opie and Gomer Pyle standing under the water tower, around the Mayberry Christmas tree.

  • In keeping with Vandalia’s honoring of veterans this Saturday and Sunday, the Fayette County Museum has a military section of various items, such as uniforms and various things that were actually used on the battlefield, such as a medic’s kit.

  • Thirteen years ago, a youth center for kids to gather was started to provide a safe place for kids to meet. Phyllis Rame had  begun the search for citizens interested enough in the youth of Vandalia and surrounding area to help get the project off the ground and rolling.
    People responded to the need and, perhaps the most difficult task – getting the youth interested, was also successful.

  • During an interview in 2009, at age 96, Lucille Fisher said that she was,
    “Just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”