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  •   This Christmas season is a milestone in Bobby “Bob” Cox’s life. It marks 50 years of singing in a church choir and 50 years of performing and/or directing Christmas Cantatas and concerts – well over half of his age of 79. 

  • Hulda and Clifford Nickels, who are celebrating their 98th Christmases this year, reached back into their memories to recall Christmases of many years ago.

    They were both born in 1910, and met and married much later in their lives. They lived south on Ill. Route 185 for years, until moving to Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care several years ago. They seem very content in their room, which is furnished with comfortable furniture and personalized with their own belongings and family pictures.

  • When Norma Englejohn was just a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a nurse.

    “I was born and raised in Loogootee,” she said, “and I honestly can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a nurse.”

    That goal never changed, and further influenced by her pastor’s wife, who was a retired registered nurse, she attained her goal, graduating from Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1960.

    Her career with Fayette County Hospital actually began in 1958, when she worked as a nurse’s aide while attending nursing school.

  • Paul McConkey operated the Victory Lane Service Station and Convenience Store in Brownstown for 16 1/2 years, something he began in 1992, because he saw a need in the community.

    And it proved to be something he enjoyed over the years.

    However, Sept. 30 was his last day in the business, as he handed the keys over to a new owner.

    “I don’t think of it as retiring,” McConkey said, “It was a chapter in my life, and now I’m just going on to another chapter.”

  • Thursday, November 13

    4 The Fayette County Farm Bureau will host stroke and vascular screening from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave., Vandalia. Tests will be offered for strokes; abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis. The cost is $40 for one test, $100 for three tests and $120 for all four tests. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 877-732-8258.

  • Thursday, October 30

    4 The Fayette County Health Department will hold an additional adult flu shot clinic from 9-11 a.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $35 for flu shots and $50 for pneumonia shots; Medicare Part B will be billed.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

  • Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • Wednesday, October 1

    eoe" A flu clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

    Thursday, October 2

    eoe" Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Thursday, September 18

    eoe" The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Farm Bureau office on Sunset Drive, with local farmers, bank personnel and representatives of local agri-businesses canvassing the county. The results of the survey will be presented at the Farm Bureau's Market Outlook, a steak cookout at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. Tickets for the meal are $5 each and available at the Farm Bureau office. The guest speaker will be Adam Nielson, the Illinois Farm Bureau's director of issue management.

  • Thursday, September 11

    4 Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    4 A meeting to gather input from the public on the future of the Liberty Theater building will be held at 6 p.m. at the Easterday Building, 529 W. Gallatin St. Topics to be discussed include possible funding options available and public sentiment.

    Friday, September 12

  • Thursday, September 4

    • TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    •The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Friday, August 15

    eoe" The Tools for School distribution continues from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia. Entry is through the north door of the church.

    Saturday, August 16

    eoe" The Vandalia Community High School color guard is hosting a car wash from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. at Sunset 66, located at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue. Proceeds will go to pay for the color guard's trip to Florida for a performance at the Outback Bowl.

  • Thursday, August 7

    eoe" The Vandalia Main Street Program's Concerts in the Park series in Main Street's Lincoln Park on Gallatin Street continues with a performance by "Thunder Road," featuring Ed Taylor. The free concert runs from 7-8 p.m.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Tuesday, July 1

    eoe" The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" The caregiver resource meeting for Fayette County will be held from 3:30-4:30- p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The group is open to all individuals needing informational or emotional support as a caregiver. A caregiver adviser will be available, by appointment only, for individual consultations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. to make an appointment, call Darcy Markwell at 1-888-560-8805, ext.1062.

    Wednesday, July 2

  • Thursday, June 19

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, June 20

  • Thursday, June 12

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, June 13

    eoe" The 40th annual Grande Leve gets under way at the Vandalia Statehouse. A complete schedule of the period celebration appears on page 14 of this issue.

  • Friday, May 2

    eoe" An open house at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Center will be held from 1-6 p.m. The center is located at 2310 W. Fillmore St. A dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m.

    eoe" A barbecue in support of Fayette County 4-H will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Eagles parking lot, 118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia. Porkburgers and pork chops will be sold.

    Saturday, May 3

  • Thursday, April 24

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, April 25

    eoe" SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) will hold its annual "Take Back the Night" event at 6:30 p.m. at the Bond County Courthouse.

    Saturday, April 26

    eoe" First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia will hold a Save Our Children Peanut Day drive at the church, 1009 W. Gallatin St. The proceeds go toward children's ministries.

  • Thursday, April 17

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Saturday, April 19

    eoe" Second Chance Animal Rescue will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel. Refreshments and pet treats will be served. The kennel is located south of Bluff City, about 1 1/2 miles south of U.S. Route 40.