• A look back at the 1947 Vandalia High School yearbook will give an accurate picture of Dr. Laurene Mabry as you review her credits, accomplishments and awards, and the assessment of the staff and fellow students of her character, integrity and abilities.

  • Brad Elmore was born in Kentucky on Sept. 9, 1922, but at the age of 4, he lost his mother and younger brother in a fire. He was brought by his father to Patoka be reared by his grandparents.

  • Irene Reed was born to Henry and Hanna Lange in March 88 years ago between Vandalia and Shobonier. A very pleasant lady, she smiles easily and contributes alertly and knowledgeably to conversation, both of times past and today.

  • 25 Years Ago

    1988 – Caring and Sharing volunteers distributed 419 baskets to needy residents.
    The Vandalia City Council rejected a three percent tourism tax.
    Brownstown won the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    Vandalia resident Cheryl Matzker got a telephone call from singer Donny Osmond, who just called to wish her a Merry Christmas. Matzker was a member of his fan club.
    Tasha Ragel and Rod Denton were crowned homecoming queen and kind at St. Elmo High School.

    35 Years Ago

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This mother and daughter, pictured nearly 20 years ago,  both still live in Vandalia.

  • Jordan Evans’ family had something special to be thankful a few weeks ago, when son Jordan, who is an E3 in the Air Force, came home for Thanksgiving, surprising his family.

  • If you drive by Chad and Shannon Mayfield’s Brownstown home, you may see beautiful and useful works of art, the result of his creative mind and gifted hands. Those include the ends of propane gas tanks made into useful fire pits that are also works of art, customized to the buyer’s tastes and interests.

  • Employees at Rural King in Vandalia wanted to do something different for their store’s Christmas decorations this year, something that their customers, co-workers and friends could share in.


    Anna Jean Rhodes is a very busy lady, but not too busy to enjoy Christmas and the beauty of her surroundings in her home.


  • Trying to think of an appreciated and usable gift for the senior in your life? Sharon Harris, director of the Golden Circle Nutrition Program can help you.

  • Wayne Hale, who began performing magic at age 14, has mystified audiences for 80 years, and is still being requested to perform.

  • How do you thank a veteran for giving part of his life, and often his health and well-being, even the ability to perform routine activities of daily life without help?

  • Tammy Barker likes people and her community, and had an idea – Why not have a Christmas Open House in downtown Brownstown?

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces focused on Kathy Brown’s mission trips to Swaziland, as she shared her calling to serve there.

  • Fayette County Home and Community Education honors a country at its annual International Dinner every year, featuring a guest speaker with first-hand knowledge of that country.

  • There is a partnership plan to help provide attractive, sturdy, outdoor benches for the nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It’s called “The ABC Partnership.”

  • Steve Riddle came to Vandalia on Jan. 1, 2012, as the site supervisor of the Vandalia Statehouse. He is enthused about the history of the old building and the surrounding area, and sincerely wants it to continue as a vital part of not only Vandalia’s history, but also of the state.

  • Several Brownstown First Baptist Church  “Fayette faces” and willing hands worked together to bring the community a little free library.

  • The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn.
    It represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and in her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

  • “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for the people.”
    Colossians 3:23

    “The goal is to teach the Honduran people about standards and procedures for safe healthcare."
    Leanne Bales
    “They are a very proud and hard-working people. Laziness and expecting something for nothing is not a part of the Honduran culture."
    Teresa Walker