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  • A lighted, gaily decorated Christmas tree stands near the front room door of Nancy Davison’s home that she shares with her husband, Ora.

  • Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus’s pre-Christmas headquarters appear to be at the home of Al and Suzanne Schumacher, for Mrs. Claus graciously answered the door and appeared very comfortable and at ease in the Schumacher home.

  • Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • “We wanted to give something back to our community,” Lindsay Lash said in explaining the reason that she and her husband, Ryan, created the popular Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch a few years ago.

  • It is documented that the Pentecostal Church began in Vandalia with outdoor meetings in 1917, led by two evangelists, DeWitt Spencer and Earl Hill.

  • The Rev. Pete and Pam LeDuc and their daughter, Aimee, will offer special thanks this year as they gather together with the rest of their family around the table.

  • Hattie Anderson, who was born on Nov. 12, 1912, now lives at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care.

  • This is the third in a series of introductions to the children’s day care and learning centers located in the area.

  • Fayette Faces is focusing on the day care/child care centers in the area, and this week’s visit was made to the recently established Bright Beginnings managed by Amie LeDuc.

  • Fifteen years ago Audra Critcheloe was born with a challenge that she has faced with courage and determination … and an ability to understand and help others with similar challenges.

  • 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.