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  • Our People in Uniform,
    Brown, Tan, Black, White or Blue,
    No matter the uniform’s color or hue,
    Within the cloth beats a courageous heart,
    That they lay on the line to protect me and you.

  • This week’s Fayette Faces feature two members of the Fayette County Home & Community Education organization, one with HCE longevity (from the first meeting) and the youngest, who is attending with her grandmother.

  • The name Lawler has been a very familiar and respected name in the Vandalia, as Nelson Lawler was the first school bus driver for the Vandalia schools, and he was very well liked by all who knew him, including the students on his bus routes.

  • Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover’s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.

  • As we continue with our readers’ memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II’s young soldiers passing through Vandalia, taking a brief break when the train stops for a while to take on water, and including the true story of one of Vandalia’s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.

  • In an effort to make people aware of the dangers of eating disorders, 16-year-old Rachel Zimmerman shared her battle with an eating disorder in the form of a speech for the Fayette County Fair 4-H speech competition.

    On Monday, June 27, Zimmerman delivered her speech before the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board to be judged.

  • If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.

  • Since beginning this journey into the past of the trains and their cabooses traveling on the tracks through Vandalia, many stories, memories, experiences, and even inspirations, have surfaced.

  • Mark Miller’s massive train setup has more new tracks in place, and more new stops along the line, including Mayberry, everyone’s favorite town, with Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Aunt Bea, Opie and Gomer Pyle standing under the water tower, around the Mayberry Christmas tree.

  • When Todd McKellar heard mention of Bill Runyon, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Train – and, more importantly,  the one who had the power to stop the train in Vandalia for the Santa Claus visit every year – he was quick to respond with some memories.

  • Rod Rogers serves as pastor of the 137-year-old Arm Prairie Church, located south of Brownstown. And he and his wife, Sissy, join the congregation in holding a cookout at 3 p.m. on June 4 to revive the little church structure.

  • In keeping with Vandalia’s honoring of veterans this Saturday and Sunday, the Fayette County Museum has a military section of various items, such as uniforms and various things that were actually used on the battlefield, such as a medic’s kit.

  • Thirteen years ago, a youth center for kids to gather was started to provide a safe place for kids to meet. Phyllis Rame had  begun the search for citizens interested enough in the youth of Vandalia and surrounding area to help get the project off the ground and rolling.
    People responded to the need and, perhaps the most difficult task – getting the youth interested, was also successful.

  • During an interview in 2009, at age 96, Lucille Fisher said that she was,
    “Just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”

  • The first impression of Boaz Haveman is one of a friendly, courteous young man, who is very tall and good-looking with a sincere, “glad-to-meet-you” smile.

  • Faye Watson has long been on a self-appointed mission – to help others learn about God by offering encouragement, understanding and information, through her church and her life.

  • The Fayette County Association for Home and Community Education is a member of the Illinois Association HCE, and its title describes the organization’s goals – to help bring awareness and educational information to homes and the communities in which they live.

  • The sixth Lenten Luncheon was held at the Unity Baptist Church, with Al Schumacher presenting the last Lenten message of this year and proposing a challenging – but very good – suggestion.

  • Ricky Cox, the speaker at the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, began by expressing thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Lenten Luncheons and complimented the ladies who had prepared the food.

  • Faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees, supporters and friends gathered at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon to hear Winifred “Bud” Morrison speak of the wondrous love of God that He has for His children.

    The tables were decorated uniquely and colorfully with dainty spring bouquets, some were refreshingly simple with a freshly harvested carrot, adorned with tiny sprigs of greenery and flowers.