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  • 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.

  • Member Lora Fouch was the speaker for the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at the host church, First United Methodist of Vandalia.

  • Ann Stock of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church spoke at the fourth Lenten Luncheon held by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, held at Mother of Dolors.

  • There was excitement and anticipation in the air at the Brownstown Elementary School last Tuesday as one walked down the hallway lined with red. That is, red in the form of brightly colored pictures and drawings of Fredbird and other St. Louis Cardinals-related pictures, all drawn and colored by BES students.

  • Many who have been faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees through the years and several new faces entered Northside Christian Church last Wednesday to sit at white-cloth covered tables with teal, pink, and blue table runners that held small spring bouquets in tiny flower pots and plates of homemade cookies.

  • The second Lenten Luncheon was held at the St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, opening with pianist Richard Tucker playing inspirational songs as the guests were seated at long tables covered with white cloths, vases of lavender spring flower and plates of homemade cookies provided by the Presbyterian Church women.

    All were glad the day was one of the Lord’s finest, as last year the Lenten Luncheon at St. James Lutheran Church had to be canceled due to the weather.

  • It is documented, on Wikipedia, that cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for more than 2,000 years, valued as kitchen items for their durability and ability to retain heat, thus improving the quality of meals cooked in them.

  • If you happen to be driving though Brownstown along U.S. Route 40 on a Friday evening and you see a parking lot full of vehicles and people milling around a brick building on the north side of the road, you might also notice the sign that  reads“Deal’s Auction Service-Fridays 6 p.m.”