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  • It has been said that our children are tomorrow’s leaders, our hope for the community’s future.

    Therefore, it is important that they receive proper guidance and encouragement, and are taught respect and caring for others, as well as integrity and character, while retaining their own personality and individuality.
    Vandalia and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have many young families with children. The parents, guardians and other caregivers are also fortunate to have several child care and learning center/facilities available.

  • To harvest means to reap; to share means to give. That is what many Fayette County folks have been doing this year becasue of a drought, loss of jobs and higher costs of the grocery bills.

  • Jeff Bradley became a member of the Boy Scouts of America 11 years ago. He is 17 now, a senior at Vandalia Community High School and an Eagle Scout.
    Bradley has earned the required 21 merit badges, and for his Eagle project, he provided a new sign for the Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • Dr. Glen Skow was born and reared in New York City, but has just a subtle “city” accent.

  • Though the sound of the horses’ hooves and stagecoach wheels turning have faded long ago into our heritage and history, the stories and memories handed down through the ages have preserved at least a glimpse into those days.

  • Continuing with the second of three stories in this series of the old Cumberland Road stagecoach stops and the tradition of providing food and rest for travelers and local folks, the focus this week is on the Good Old Days Catering and Banquet Hall at 365 W. Cumberland Road.

  • The late Clifford Nickels, who lived on the road now known as Ill. Route 185, across from the area on which the 4-Mile Store once stood, shared many of his memories of the long-ago days of his youth.

  • Thomas “Tom” Sutton, who completed his freshman year at Vandalia Community High School in the spring, was one of only eight chosen from the state of Illinois to attend the coveted 2012 NASA WINGS Camp.

  • Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.

  • Darel and Mary Hayes recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, and they remember – with smiles– their first meeting as children, when Darel was a new student at the school Mary was attending.

  • “Now unto Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

    Ephesians 3:20 

    This is Patty Sprague’s favorite scripture, which she feels has given her the strength through the years.

  • Wilma Kruger, a life-long resident of the area, doesn’t recall when she began entering the competitions at the Fayette County Fair; she only remembers that it has been many years.

  • A visit to the Fayette County Fair-grounds Saturday afternoon found that, although the temperature was in the three-digit range, area 4-H kids were braving the heat to participate in the rabbit competitions.

  • The word “mutual” can be defined as “generally shared in, or participated in, by members of a community,” which is probably the reason the word was incorporated into the title of Vandalia Mutual Fire County Insurance Co. when it was chartered on March 29, 1888, and organized on April 7, 1888.

  • David and Susan Oldham’s attention, time and interest had long been exclusively dedicated to the several donkeys that reside on their rural Vandalia homeplace.

  • You might say Loretta Weaver is a transplant to Illinois, as she was born and grew up in the boot hills of Missouri.

  • • The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a depression, population in the U.S. was a little more than 87,000,000, and Mildred McDowell was born on Feb. 17.

  • As we continue our walk on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia, we are visiting the older, established businesses and services that have persevered through the years, some through wars, the Great Depression, and many strides forth, even in day-to-day living.

  • The baton is passed on, from hand to hand,
    As the race for the cure continues on,
    And when the foe has been disarmed,
    The survivors will have won.

    For the dreaded disease is losing,
    And the battle must continue on,
    ‘Till the words “cancer-free” ring around the world,
    And that will be the survivors’ “Victory Song.”
     

  • Who are the members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia? They are part of an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.