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Today's Features

  • Volunteers at First United Methodist Church of Vandalia recently loaded up boxes packed with shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts that were sent around the world to war-torn countries, areas experiencing natural disasters and areas of extreme poverty. Locally, 1,080 shoeboxes were filled, about 200 more than last year.

  • Caring & Sharing to give 410 baskets

    More than 400 Fayette County families will have a brighter Christmas this year because of the work of Caring & Sharing.

    "Times are tough, but the people of Fayette County have responded generously once again," said Marlys Hayner, one of the organization's founders, who continues to help with the annual collection of food and Christmas presents for needy families in the area.

  • Area food pantries are running low on supplies as winter weather sets in and more people are finding their resources dwindling.
    "We're seeing a lot of unemployment," said Janet Wise, outreach coordinator of the  Vandalia CEFS office. "That includes people who have lost their job and seasonal employees who can't work because of the weather."
    She said that CEFS served 422 households (representing 1,018 individuals) in November – the highest monthly total of the year.

  • My youngest son, Casey, called me from Ft. Bliss, Texas, a couple of days ago to talk about some bad news he had received.
    He discovered that some soldiers from his former unit of the 101st Airborne Division were killed in Afghanistan last week. Two of them were close friends of his – having served with them two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He told me that what troubled him the most was the circumstances surrounding their deaths – they were shot by an Afghan police recruit they were training!

  • The fourth Fayette Faces story under the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts” features the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance and the many volunteers who, for the fourth straight year, provided a free Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The free meal is for all who wish to come together in the spirit of sharing a community meal, regardless of financial status.
    Many benefit and enjoy these “unwrapped gifts” and are as blessed by it as the many hands and hearts who prepare and contribute to it.

  • Grace Lynn Cook
    Brian and Tina Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Grace Lynn.
    She has one brother, 3-year-old Aaron.
    Grandparents are Dorothy Jones of Vandalia, Charles Jones of Nokomis and Deb Cook of Mulberry Grove.
    Great-grandparents are Lynn and Dorothy Paine.

    Greta Caroline Suckow

  • David and Ruth Dugan of Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    David and the former Patrechia Ruth Hathaway were married on Dec. 24, 1960, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia by the Rev. Archie Brown. Their attendants were Lily Hathaway Reed and Edward G. Dugan.
    He was a dairy farmer for more than 40 years, and later worked as transportation director at Mulberry Grove Community Unit No. 1.

  • Rachel Barnes and David Peddie have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Javonda Barnes of St. Louis. Grandparents are John and Dorothy Barnes of Patoka, and Jennie and the late Joe Harner of Brownstown.
    She received her undergraduate social science degree in 2007 from Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif. She is employed by Hope as an undergraduate admissions counselor, while completing requirements for a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy.

  • Debbie Wollin and Travis Moore, both of Vandalia, wish to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Earl and Diane Wollin of Vandalia. She is currently employed as a radiological and MRI technician by Greenville Regional Hospital.
    The groom is the son of Wayne and Lois Moore of Fillmore. He is currently employed as an operator engineer for the Local 520.
    The couple are planning a March 19, 2011, wedding at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia, with a reception to follow at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ 2010 Girl Scout Cookie Sale was deemed a tremendous success, as 10,427 girls sold 1,094,052 boxes of the cookies. And, Troop #8860’s Ellisa Beasley from Brownstown was the Top Seller for Service Unit 24.
    “I am very proud of our girls and the great job they did to make this year’s cookie sale a huge success,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI chief executive officer.