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  • Ever since I can remember, when my mother would take me with her in Vandalia’s U.S. Post Office, I have enjoyed and, been interested in, the large mural on the north wall over the postmaster’s door.

  • We had a fun and educational experience this week – we enjoyed eating breakfast with Abe Clymer, Vandalia’s own Abe Lincoln look-alike, completely dressed, from head to toe, in his tall, black stovepipe hat to his black leather shoes that looked like they could have been worn by Abraham Lincoln in his time.

  • Debby Sefton and her husband, Joe, were both born and reared in Fayette County, and have lived in the area until their employment took them to Effingham County.

  • Dee Dee Dively can be described as a “unique and caring person” who, since a young girl, has answered the call to help others. She went to work as a nurse’s aide at the old Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia before graduating from high school.  

  • Mindy Miller, who was diagnosed with stage two triple negative breast cancer at the age of 34, “ was blessed to be surrounded by family and a community that supported me.”

  • Ruth Heavener’s parents loved to travel, which Ruth, as a child, enjoyed immensely. And she wanted her own child to have the same enjoyment and educational experiences in our beautiful country that she was privileged to have.

  • Last week, the village of Brownstown’s policeman, Caleb Walton, acompanied two Brownstown students, Jayden Wilson and Brian Rabideau, on a shopping trip at the Vandalia Wal-Mart, as participants in the “Shop with a Cop” program.  This was the second year that Brownstown participated in the program. Village Mayor Virginia Wilber assisted Walton with the shopping trip.

  • Following 20 years as missionaries and living in Bolivia, South America, Carol Evaul and her husband, Robert, returned to the United States to establish their children in college.

  • Carol Evaul could be compared to a fine diamond, in that as you move a diamond around in the light, you can see many different and beautiful facets.

  • Volunteer Wietse Schaafsma has been a driver for the Operation OUTING bus for more than six years, and at this time, is the only driver, as the years have taken their toll in health issues, disability, death and other conditions.

  • When a Golden Years Club member met with Diane Pavinato, a representative of the U.S. Pipeline Inc., she explained the Golden Years Club’s  need for a new club building, due to the deterioration of its current home, which was originally the old Pilcher building of early Brownstown days.

  • A new florist has opened its doors in Vandalia, and Drake Thompson is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of providing flowers for the citizens of Vandalia and surrounding areas.

  • There was a lot of activity in the area of Vandalia’s Rogier Park last weekend. One hundred and one people with 29 Gold Wing motorcycles, the members of the Gold Wing Chapter I-70 Road Riders, gathered to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  

  • The stories on the kiosks for St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia, though briefness was a necessity, seem to get to the heart of each of the towns, both through the text and photographs that compose the panels on the kiosks.

  • The northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street holds a treasury of history and memories. The building and the very ground on which it srands are a part of history.

  • The story begins 25 years ago, when Henry “Hank” and Clara Voss came from Villa Park with their dream to start a Christian radio station in this area.

  • “I traveled all over the world to get to Vandalia” were the words spoken by the Rev. Joshua Miller as he shared his story of his journey with the Lord, which led him to First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia.

  • The third kiosk placed in Fayette County by the National Road Association of Illinois bears the words “End Of The Road” and is located in Vandalia, about a block west of the Vandalia Statehouse and the silent, strong sentry of the Old National Road, the Madonna of the Trail.

  • The Historic National Road Association of Illinois has placed 20 attractive, commemorative Kiosks in 19 communities along the National Road, all containing interesting historical information about the villages and towns, and the road. Fayette County has three of them in St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

    That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.