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Today's Features

  • By the Rev. Olen Evans

    First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • This week’s Fayette Faces is the third in the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts.” Probably the most precious of all gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. Rather, they are wrapped with the warmth and caring love of the heart of the giver(s) … and that is what these stories are about.
    This week, it is about many people working together to make life a little better for those who have already given for others – our veterans – in the VA hospitals and also those who are homeless.

  • Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mahala Harpster, Helen Limes, Renee Key and Mike Harmon. Kyle Higgenbotham visited later in the afternoon.

    Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo.

  •  “She Came To a Screeching Halt”
    …were the words said by the male human of the Homestead, namely my husband, Bill. He was referring to my busy, busy lifestyle and the sudden stop caused by my episode when I slipped and fell, breaking the fibula in my left ankle.

    We were in Decatur on Saturday, having went there for a post-Thanksgiving dinner, but rather than go to a hospital emergency room there, I wanted to be taken care of by our own staff in Vandalia.

  • ‘Tis the season for giving, and a potpourri of  “gift stories” is being featured in Fayette Faces   The theme – gifts do not always come wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons.

    Recently, the story of Adrian and the unselfish gifts given to him by his birth mother and his adoptive mother was told.

    This week, it is gift-giving of a different nature, but still in the spirit of giving. Meet the women of Brookstone Estates and their gifts to the less-fortunate—homeless dogs:

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 18 at noon for their luncheon and meeting at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with two guests and 21 members in attendance.
    Pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer by Brock Fisher.
    After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order. Secretary/treasurer reports were given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for November were read. Reports of several members with health issues were given.
    Dues for the year 2011 were paid by several members.

  • Lynn and Lou Shelton of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    They are the parents of four children: Lavena Carrol of Lutz, Fla., Lavail Shelton of Tampa, Fla., Lavon Shelton of Brownstown and Lavern Shelton of Vandalia.
    They have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    The couple only knew each other for 27 days before they got married.