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  • 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. 

  • The third Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Lenten Luncheon was hosted by Northside Christian Church last Wednesday, and the faithful Lenten Luncheon followers gathered in the fellowship room to sit at the tables decorated with colorful spring nosegays and bearing Northside’s luncheon trademarks, plates of homemade cookies already placed at intervals within each of all.

  • The second Lenten Luncheon, which was scheduled for  St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, was canceled because of the snowy weather conditions.  
    However, the scheduled speaker, 14-year-old Calandra Donley, consented to share the message she had prepared, along with some information about her rather unique and interesting life.
    Meet a very soft-spoken and courteous young girl, who at present is living with her grandparents, Roger and Dorothy Donley,
    Introduction to Calandra

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon of the year was held at First Christian Church in Vandalia, which opened the doors to a faithful gathering that filled the fellowship room to enjoy fellowship, a good lunch prepared by the ladies of the church and an inspiring program.

  • Gleena Sours suffered with weight, bronchitis, chronic sinus and breathing problems to the point that she could hardly walk.

  • 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.