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  • 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.”

  • 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.