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  • Approximately 90-100 people gathered at Unity Baptist Church last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon.  

  • During a presentation by Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz at last week's Fayette County Genealogical and HIstorical Society meeting, those present tried to figure out what, if anything, as at Eighth Street and VanTran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) before Henry's.

    Society member Jerry Jones answered the question within a couple of days by providing an old aerial photograph of the area.

  • Dawson Duane Willms made his appearance one minute earlier than his brother, Cade Ryan, and they celebrated their first birthday on Feb. 27 of this year.

  • Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia supports Operation Comfort Warriors, an organization who meets the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel.

  • Approximately 74 senior citizens are participating in a relative new activity in the area and word is beginning to get out about it.

  • During the flight home from his first missions trip to Brazil in 2013, the Rev. Daniel McDonald, pastor of First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia, felt a calling to provide a church for a Brazil village.

  • Monday afternoon, there was considerable traffic through Vandalia, even after more than 10 inches of snow fell late Sunday and early Monday. The fact that there was less traffic than normal was mostly due to the fact that Presidents' Day was being observed.
    Those who wanted to get around Vandalia could do so because the city of Vandalia's public works crew were on the job on their day off.

  • The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 is holding a supper on Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., in its new building at 520 Oak St. in Brownstown. The supper is on a donation basis (no set charge), and the proceeds will go into their building fund.

  • Chloe Nichole West was only 13 months old when she was diagnosed with pre B AL leukemia, which she battled for the next six years, until she passed on May 23, 2013. Her paternal grandmother, Jeanie West, shared Chloe’s story and expressed the desire for others to send new toys to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Chloe parents are Brian and Rebecca (Kathy) West.

  • “Autumn Breeze” is the name of Rod and Sissy Rogers farm home in rural Brownstown. Although it could even be called a ranch, there are no cows, pigs or horses in sight.

  • Wayne Hale is well-known as a magician, a knowledgeable and honest buyer and seller of antique furniture, an astute businessman and a World War II veteran.
    He joined the Navy immediately after World War II began and received an honorable discharge after the war ended.

  • Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Darlene Sullivan was born and grew up in Granite City and seems to have always had a connection with food in some way, a love of preparing and cooking it – especially for others – for all of her 75 years. Her generosity and caring for others have been evident through the sharing of her love of cooking and baking for others.

  • The word was out – Santa Claus was taking some R & R following his busy Christmas night at Al and Susann Schumacher’s Vandalia home, reindeer and all.

  • Tracy Smith came to Vandalia on Dec. 1 as the new youth minister at Northside Christian Church, with 15 years of experience in his chosen occupation, for which he felt a strong calling.

  • A special Christmas tree is gracing the Brownstown Library this Christmas, at no expense to the library.

  • When Jim Green attended the annual Methodist Christmas dinner at Emmanuel Church on Saturday evening, along with others from the Brownstown Methodist Church, he had no idea of the surprise that was in store for him.

  • Kay Johnson has been a volunteer at Fayette County Hospital for many years, but was named the gift shop manager in the fall of this year.

  • Peggy Schulze  has always been interested in photography,“even as a kid,” and once studied under a professional photographer who was an understudy for world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Simon Korte traveled from his homeland of Germany and Jacabo Maria Trabada from his home in Spain to visit the United States.