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Today's Features

  • As the congregation and Pastor David Hoehler of St. Paul Lutheran Church prepare for the second of three 150th anniversary celebrations, they are pleased to be hearing from former members and pastors who are planning to attend some of the events.

  • Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.

  • Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.

  • Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.

  • The doors to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center were opened Thursday evening as Sharon Harris, the director of the site, honored the volunteers with an appreciation dinner.

  • The Fayette Faces this week are those of the youth in the 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts. They were on the fairgrounds at this time, not to ride the carnival tides or enjoy the treats at the concession stands, but to work at cleaning up their fairgrounds for their county fair, with the supervision of their leaders and other adults interested in putting their best foot forward for the fair.

  • Lucille Fisher always loved to make a garden and she seemed to have a green thumb, as her vegetable gardens have produced enough to feed her family, put up some for the winter and share with others.

  • Laquita Hans has a friendly, personality, accented by a contagious smile. That is just the first impression at first meeting. After a few minutes of conversation, one realizes that is not just a surface, but an indication of her deep compassion for and a sincere desire to help others.

  • William “Bill” Haselhorst, the current president of the Vandalia Lions Club, will be inducted as District 1-L governor and take office July 8, following training in Toronto, Canada, at the Lions’ International Convention.