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Today's Features

  • Usually, when one thinks of barbershop singing, one pictures men in old-fashioned shirts and striped vests, ties and “garters” on their shirt sleeves, their hair parted in the center and even sporting long, luxurious handlebar mustaches.

    The award-winning “Sweet Adelines,” a group of harmonizing ladies, has provided quite a different picture.

    Jean Freeman of Vandalia is a member of this group and part of the performance that recently won the award for the best small chorus in the world, the Harmony Achievement Award.

  •   This Christmas season is a milestone in Bobby “Bob” Cox’s life. It marks 50 years of singing in a church choir and 50 years of performing and/or directing Christmas Cantatas and concerts – well over half of his age of 79. 

  • Hulda and Clifford Nickels, who are celebrating their 98th Christmases this year, reached back into their memories to recall Christmases of many years ago.

    They were both born in 1910, and met and married much later in their lives. They lived south on Ill. Route 185 for years, until moving to Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care several years ago. They seem very content in their room, which is furnished with comfortable furniture and personalized with their own belongings and family pictures.

  • When Norma Englejohn was just a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a nurse.

    “I was born and raised in Loogootee,” she said, “and I honestly can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a nurse.”

    That goal never changed, and further influenced by her pastor’s wife, who was a retired registered nurse, she attained her goal, graduating from Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1960.

    Her career with Fayette County Hospital actually began in 1958, when she worked as a nurse’s aide while attending nursing school.

  • Paul McConkey operated the Victory Lane Service Station and Convenience Store in Brownstown for 16 1/2 years, something he began in 1992, because he saw a need in the community.

    And it proved to be something he enjoyed over the years.

    However, Sept. 30 was his last day in the business, as he handed the keys over to a new owner.

    “I don’t think of it as retiring,” McConkey said, “It was a chapter in my life, and now I’m just going on to another chapter.”

  • Thursday, November 13

    4 The Fayette County Farm Bureau will host stroke and vascular screening from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave., Vandalia. Tests will be offered for strokes; abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis. The cost is $40 for one test, $100 for three tests and $120 for all four tests. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 877-732-8258.

  • Thursday, October 30

    4 The Fayette County Health Department will hold an additional adult flu shot clinic from 9-11 a.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $35 for flu shots and $50 for pneumonia shots; Medicare Part B will be billed.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

  • Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • Wednesday, October 1

    eoe" A flu clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

    Thursday, October 2

    eoe" Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.