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  • 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.

  • “It is more blessed to give than receive.”
                    Acts 20:35
    Those are words that Don Thomas, pastor of the Brownstown United Methodist and Emmanuel United Methodist churches has always lived by.

  • Continuing on visiting along Gallatin Street, we stop in at Lia’s Gift Shop & Home Décor.

  • Twelve years ago, Vicky Blackerby,  decided to give up teaching school for two very good reasons – her and husband Rob’s new twin babies.  

  • Continuing along the discovery of Downtown Vandalia’s new shops, we visit the newest along the beat, Ali Marie’s on Gallatin, which is stocking quality, tasteful and attractive fashions for both men and women.

  • Winifred “Bud” Morrison will be the speaker at the final Lenten Luncheon, to be held at noon next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    Morrison has been an active member for 45 years at First Christian Church in Vandalia, where he serves as an elder and vice president of the church board.
    Over the years, he has served the church in various ways, including many years as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.
    He and his wife, Carol, will celebrate 58 years of marriage on May 22.

  • The walk down Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia to visit the new businesses continues with Cathy Sanders in her Liberty Old Towne Cheese Shop and the adjoining Lamp of Liberty Coffee and Ice Cream Shop.

  • As we continue on our tour of Downtown Vandalia’s stores and business opportunities, we visit Liberty Trading Store, which deals in coins and guns, and talk to Sam Flowers, who is multi-talented and “can do about anything he sets his mind to do.” That quote was not from Sam, who is more modest and quiet-spoken, but from others who know and work with him.
    Liberty Trading & Sam
    The son of Tony and Teresa Flowers, Sam grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Courtney Taylor, youth leader at the Northside Christian Church, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Ryan Paine will speak at the second Lenten Luncheon, on March 7, at First Church of God, from noon-1 p.m.

  • Scott Smith, the youth pastor at First Church of God, will be the speaker at the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at First Christian Church in Vandalia.

  • In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Hazel Albert Stevenson.
    Identifying her were: Thelma Wright, Allen and Vivian Schmid, Donna Chrisman, Evelyn Bennett  and Joann Tessman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ew tums wive gonuy olpepe ton sa tepym slobtet ot eb dilfel, tub sa descnal ot eb til.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • A series featuring businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues, with new businesses first being introduced, followed by those businesses that have faithfully persevered through the years to keep the downtown area alive in a friendly manner while providing quality merchandise.

  • Kate Carlson said that the two books she has written “are kind of a combination of one story, but then again, each has its own story.”