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  • There have been many “Fayette Faces” involved in the building of the Golden Years Club building, from the first dawning of realization of the members that the old, familiar Pilger on the corner just a block from the village main street was deteriorating and a new home was needed.
    When the members held their first potluck meeting in the new building, it was also, appropriately, the first Christmas dinner, as they all joined hands in prayer, some vocally, while all did so silently, within their hearts.
    The House that Faith Built …

  • Saturday evening at 6 p.m., the village of Brownstown will hold a celebration, “Christmas on Main Street,” with lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.

  • The Brownstown Holiday Open House returns this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • It is documented that on Oct. 25, 1901, a group of women in Ramsey, seeking to advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation, started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • You can almost feel it in the air, and the anticipation is exciting – autumn bringing its glorious display of colors in the trees, fall flowers, the mums dressed in bright and beautiful colors, apples, peaches, pumpkins … and  Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Fall Festival, their only fundraiser for gardening “needs & seeds.”

  • Fayette Faces this week are many faces, the members of Brownstown First Christian Church who gathered at the west outer edge of Brownstown on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20, for a groundbreaking service for their new church building.

  • Amy (Luster) Pittenger is now a published author of a book, which gives credence to the adage that an author should write about a subject with which he or she is familiar.
    And Amy did just that.

  • Ten members of CenterPointe Church of Vandalia formed a team to go on a mission trip to Panama, and agreed to share their thoughts and feelings about their experience upon their return home.

  • Melvin and Sherry Hill described their son, Tim, as a good, but adventurous young boy.

    “He loved to climb on things,” Sherry said. “One time, when he was going to feed his chickens, he jumped over the fence instead of opening the gate, fell and broke both of his arms. He was a good boy, just a daredevil,” she said.

  • County fairs have been an American tradition for many years – Fayette County’s informational book states that 2017 is the 87th year for the Fayette County Fair, offering something for all of the family.

  • In the beginning, ideas were brought forth and discussed on the subject of focusing on Vandalia’s history and points of interest that have gone unnoticed in recent years, including the Little Red Caboose

  • There is a new face” in downtown Vandalia this summer – David Zimmerman, a historical interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Flo Allen was presented the Fayette County HCE Homemaker of the Year Award toward the end of the 69th annual meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education on June 8 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • The Fayette County Home & Community Education held its 69th annual meeting Thursday, during which several awards were presented to deserving recipients for accomplishments.

  • Residents of Brookstone Estates in Vandalia have long enjoyed the grassy, enclosed courtyard in the center of the circular arrangement of living quarters, like a sheltered atrium, but easily accessible to all residents and in full view of the Brookstone staff.

  • Nature provided the perfect setting for the Brownstown VFW Post # 9770 Memorial Day service, with enough breeze to keep the many red, white and blue American flags billowing against the bright blue, cloudless sky, a reminder and symbol of our freedom. The word contains the word “free,” but those being honored and remembered paid a heavy price for our freedom.

  • Several years ago, Flo Allen of Brownstown, president of Fayette County Home and Community Education, noticed a barrel in the foyer of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Vandalia, and that it contained pop top aluminum tabs from soda cans. When she went in later, she noticed the barrel was gone, so she asked the owner, Marty Davis about the barrel.

  • Steve and Connie Jerden’s rural home is like a step back in time.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education on Saturday presented a program in keeping with child abuse awareness month, with Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith giving child abuse statistics in Fayette County telling of the county’s fight against child abuse, and Dana Andrews sharing the heart-rendering story of her grandson, who still suffers from abuse he received as a very young child.  

  • The sixth and final Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at Unity Baptist Church, with an inspiring program presented by Brian Hammond, youth director at Northside Christian Church as the speaker and Nathaniel Weaver of Unity Baptist providing the music.