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Features

  • Picture this – It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia in the year 1861.
    The town square around the state capitol building, usually quiet at this hour, is alive with sounds of horse-driven carriages, spoken greetings, conversations and the laughter of men and women.

  • The homebound and disabled in the community can still enjoy hot, nutritious meals in their own homes, and also enjoy seeing the face of the friendly,caring people delivering their food.
    Thanks due to the Meals on Wheels program, which began in 1995.

  • Although it is the dead of winter, it seems that “flowers” are blooming all along Gallatin Street … the Flowers family, that is. The managers/owners of the new “Liberty” stores are all a part of the Tony Sr. and Teresa Flowers family.

  • Sharon LaDage retired from teaching approximately 10 years ago, but her interest, involvement and promotion in helping to provide a better education for young people has not waned; in fact, it has only intensified.

  • A look at the businesses along the rejuvenated Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues in this issue with a look at Sew Liberty Sewing and Fabric Shop.

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces featured Sophia, a little 5-year-old girl who is now in the worst stage of spinal muscular atrophy, and whose only wish was for a service dog to retrieve objects she dropped and to be her companion, a “buddy.” She asked for an orange dog, because that is her favorite color.
    Also featured was “Tony,” a golden retriever, a family pet that had lost his family and little girl due to circumstances that made them unable to properly care for him. They placed him in caring hands.

  • Sophia is a disabled little 5-year-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy and has asked for a service dog through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Editor’s Note: The second story in a series about businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia features McKellar, Robertson, McCarty & Click Insurance.

  • As one drives or walks through downtown Vandalia, one notices changes have been, and are being, made. Vehicles are parked along both sides of the streets, and people can be seen walking along, carrying shopping bags with their purchases.

    Several new shops have opened with various services, and the businesses that have persevered the lagging economy, large competition and out-of-town shopping have faithfully stayed in downtown Vandalia.

  • Kaitlyn Kramer graduated from Brownstown High School with the class of 2007. During her senior year, she worked for a while with special education students in a classroom, and decided she wanted to continue in that field.

  • Sixty years ago, newlyweds Don and Ellen Willms spent their first Thanksgiving together in Seattle, Wash., where Don was stationed in the Navy.

  • When Ed Taylor Jr. recently stepped into the shoes of the retiring chief, Merle Adermann, the “fit” was not exact, but as Taylor had been first assistant chief for several years, he had an idea of what the “walk” in those shoes would be like.

  • As Veterans Day, approaches, we again honor all veterans from all branches of the United States of America. We obtained permission to feature John Sefton’s photo and story in a tribute to our veterans.

  • When Melvin “Chuck” Jones was a little boy, he was fortunate to spend time with his grandfather, Perry Davis of Sefton Township.

  • It was 25 years ago on Nov. 1 that the Rev. Dan Rush arrived in Vandalia to pastor the Bethel Baptist Church, bringing his wife, Kathy, and their two young children, Brittany, age 4, and Micah, age 2.

  • Evan D. Burns grew up in Vandalia. He was a member of the Vandalia Community High School football and basketball teams, and also wrestled before he graduated in 2001.

  • When one hears of a “pack of dogs,” it may cause consternation, but the “P.A.C.K.” going into Evans Public Library in Vandalia represents “Pups Assisting Children with Kindness.”

  • Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • Madeline Cade, Audrey K. Myers and Hope Budny-Clymer are best friends and schoolmates at Fayette Christian Academy in Vandalia.

  • It sounds rather like an oxymoron, but “grief” is something in life that everyone eventually experiences, and adding the word “good” can describe a healthy, healing realization and acceptance of the loss of a loved one.