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Today's Features

  • Wilma Kruger, a life-long resident of the area, doesn’t recall when she began entering the competitions at the Fayette County Fair; she only remembers that it has been many years.

  • The late Clifford Nickels, who lived on the road now known as Ill. Route 185, across from the area on which the 4-Mile Store once stood, shared many of his memories of the long-ago days of his youth.

  • Fayette Faces is focusing on the day care/child care centers in the area, and this week’s visit was made to the recently established Bright Beginnings managed by Amie LeDuc.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This mother and daughter, pictured nearly 20 years ago,  both still live in Vandalia.

  • Gunner Robert Miles
    Mark and Sheri Miles of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 10:53 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Gunner Robert weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Alice Miles of Vandalia, and Gary and Jerri George of Centralia.

  • Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) has wrapped up the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, and Riely Ward, a Girl Scout Junior from Vandalia, was the top cookie seller for the Fayette County area.
    “Our girls, their parents and our fantastic volunteers have put in a tremendous amount of hard work to ensure that our 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program was a success,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI chief executive officer.  “I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication and commitment to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

  • Jean Schorsch
    An open house to honor Jean Schorsch on her retirement from Rural King will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at Northside Christian Church on West Jackson Street in Vandalia.
    The public is invited.

  • Helen Tompkins
    An open house to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Helen Tompkins will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Pleasant Mound Community Center, located south of Mulberry Grove.
    A card shower is also being requested. Cards may be sent to: 747 Swan Road, Smithboro, Ill. 62284.

  • Robert and Ruth Ann Garrison of rural Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 24.

  • Laverne “Bud” and Dorothy Mefford will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 17.

    The Mefford were married on April 17, 1954, in Robinson.
    They have four children, Deborah and her husband Robert Sturm, Pamela and her husband Dave Younker, Doug Mefford and his wife Jeanette, and Jeff Mefford and his wife Toni.
    They have 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
    The couple will celebrate their anniversary with family.