• 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.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board is presenting a free seminar on awareness of the sordid practice of human trafficking – the bondage, bartering and selling of humans for profit.

  • Picture this: a hearty country-style breakfast with freshly-brewed coffee, cooked in fullview in an immaculate, cheery kitchen and served by a friendly waitress.

  • “Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.”
    Psalm 149:1

  • Dean Black is on a mission – getting the word out to Fayette County in-need families that the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia has a Back(Pack) 2 School program for children preK-12.

  • As the eighth year for Fayette County’s Summer Lunches for Kids Program winds down for this year, recognition is due for the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations for the distribution of about 500 lunches a week to children in the county.

  • The Matt and Rhonda Howard family has always been a close-knit, caring family. Whatever the kids – Madison, Maisie and, Brady – have been interested in, the parents have encouraged and supported them, while still giving them the freedom to think and do for themselves.

  • It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • D. Wayne Swofford Jr.’s mother, Mrs. Don (Charlotte) Swofford, taught her children that no matter what the circumstances were financially, that soap and water were cheap and there was no excuse not to be clean and to have a clean house, that even if you don’t have fancy things, you can still be clean.

  • Last week as we followed the Rich Cade family on “The Liver Journey,”  
    Heidi Cade admitted that “it was getting scary,” but their faith held firm.

  • Rich and Heidi Cade, and their daughter, Madeline, began a journey 10 years ago, setting out together, accompanied by their Savior and Comforter, Jesus Christ.

  • As the crowd gathered at the Brownstown Veterans Memorial Wall for the 20th annual Memorial Day Service, presented by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770, with numerous red, white and blue American Flags flowing in the breeze against a background of white clouds drifting across the blue sky, it seemed to be a picture of peacefulness and beauty.

  • Carlos Biellier served the United States in field artillery in both World War II and Korea.
    He joined the Merchant Marines when he was still very young, and when he returned to civilian life, he worked, as he put it,  “as a manure salesman,” which was downplaying his profession, for 24 years.

  • “Hospice is not an ending, but a beginning to making every moment count. Hospice provides comfort and dignity for your loved one, and support for your family within the home of facility in which you live.”