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Features

  • The dog days of summer have been – and are – upon us.
    Temperatures soaring up in the 90s and past100 degrees can cause serious health conditions, which can be fatal.

  • Marisa Thomason said she was shocked when she heard her name announced as the 2011 Fayette County Fair queen.  But those who know her well were probably not at all surprised.

  • During the recent Kaskaskia River flooding, Pauline Weaver Tackett was reminded of her childhood days, when families lived in the river bottom south of Vandalia.

  • Jeff Stone grew up in Vandalia, attended Bible college after graduating from Vandalia Community High School, and was later called to Israel to teach in a Christian school.

  • Some folks gathered at the old Seminary School recently to celebrate 40 years of county music, dancing and just plain old fellowship and fun for the whole family – no age limit either way.

  • When she was a young girl living in England years ago, Anne Eddings brought home every stray cat to care for. Years later, when she was living in the United States, in Missouri, she found herself taking in and caring for wild animals that had been injured or left motherless.

  • Page 28 of the May 23 issue of Country Weekly magazine features a pretty, winsome face framed with long blonde hair that may seem familiar to many Fayette County residents, especially those in Vandalia.

  • Zachary Edgar, a life-long member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, is an ordained deacon and is looking forward to May 2012, when he will become an ordained priest.

  • Last week, 90-year-old Miles Filer shared his story about serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Army Airborne Division; his jump over Normandy on D-Day; his capture by the Germans; and 11 months as a prisoner of war, nine of which he worked in a coal mine in Czechoslovakia, until the war was over.

    May 1945
    The war was over – Miles Filer was rescued from a POW camp, returned home after an honorable discharge and began life again as a civilian.

  • When Miles Filer left Fayette County to join the U.S. Army 508th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in October 1942, the young farm boy weighed 160 pounds.

  • Two ambassadors of good will and warm, fuzzy feelings are on duty four to five days a week at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in St. Elmo.

  • It might seem that when she moved to Vandalia four years ago with her husband, Pat Rhodes hit the ground running and doing for others.

  • “With love, you can do almost anything.” Those wise words were spoken by Lucille Bingaman, whose appearance, intelligence, conversation and quiet sense of humor belie her age of 99 years.

  • 15 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Lutherans living in Sharon and Hurricane townships organized the Jehovah Lutheran Church in what is now Shafter Township in 1879. Prior to 1913, Shafter Township was part of Sharon, and was identified as West Sharon Township.

  • If you are entering Tony Koberlein’s workshop and showroom for the first time, be prepared, because you might come face-to-face with a snarling, teeth-bared coyote, a huge elk, a full-size longhorn cow or a life-size buck deer with a large rack.

  • “We’re supposed to attack Satan where he’s at…That’s the only way I know how to do it, as a paratrooper would do, just jump in with both feet.”
    Rev. Carl Rhodes

  • Some years back, Leo Marty of Ramsey asked me to write a column about the creeks of Fayette County. I had written about the villages, schools, people and roads, but nothing on the creeks and branches that run through the valleys of Fayette County.

  • Rosemary “Rosie” Gerkin’s family could be considered as pioneers in Vandalia.
    A life-long resident of Vandalia, Rosie and her husband, the late Dennis Gerkin, are the parents of sons Denny and Jimmy Joe.

  • “I knew it when I was 21,” he said. “Up to that time, I had only treated horses or some suffering animal. One day, I happened to visit a man who as very ill with erysipelas.  His head was twice as large as it should have been, and the doctors told him they couldn’t help. That man received my first treatment.  The next day, he was up and all right.”