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Rep. Wilhour Passes Bill to Honor St. Elmo Veteran Along U.S. 40

On Thursday, Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) passed House Joint Resolution 34 out of the House to honor and pay respect to the service and ultimate sacrifice of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Bruce A. Williams. U.S. Navy Lt. Bruce A. Williams (1961 – 1998). “This year is the 25th anniversary of the accident that took Lt.…

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VCHS seniors recognized during annual Academic Signing Day

Several Vandalia Community High School students were celebrated last Thursday during the annual Academic Signing Day. The event honored the academic achievements of 11 upcoming graduates, who received  more than $400,000 in scholarships. Those recognized during Academic Signing Day included: Owen Miller, who received the Provost Scholarship and will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville…

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DuPlayee creates pregnancy, infancy memorial garden for Eagle Scout project

  Christian DuPlayee completed his Eagle Scout requirements by creating a pregnancy and infant loss memorial garden for Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services in Vandalia. It is Christian’s hope that this garden will be a place for community members and clients of LPHS to go to pray and reflect as they remember their babies. Christian…

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The Bethel Baptist Church to host Gospel Music Sing

    The Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia, IL, will be hosting the Gospel Music Sing crew on Sunday, April 23, at 6 p.m. The inspirational evening of musical praise and entertainment will spotlight the familiar hymns of the church that represent the musical heritage of our Christian faith. The evening concert program will feature both…

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Counseling center opens in Vandalia

After three years of operating her telepractice, Jessica Wright got the opportunity to do something that she has always wanted to do – the first in-person counseling session. Wright Choice Counseling has set up its space at 1485 N. Carlyle in Vandalia. The renovated space offers faith-based counseling and other services. The sessions are available…

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Army Reserves

In last week’s column, I introduced you to Raymond Alender whose service during World War 2 at 101 Picadilly may have seemed like a choice duty. At least that is what I thought about it at first glance until I realized he and his comrades were ‘sitting ducks’.   Do you know who else was at…

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Fayette County HCE holds Get Acquainted Day

The Fayette County Home and Community Education organization held its annual Get-Acquainted Day fundraiser on April 11 at the Golden Years building in Brownstown.

The event includes a potluck brunch, announcements of coming events and presentations of various certificates of achievement by the club and individuals, awarded by the IAHCE   officers.

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Reznick’s love of art started early

Lynn Reznick is well known for her lovely paintings, which have been so   admired and popular at various shows and exhibits statewide, not only by the viewers and art lovers, but also by her peers.

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Dedication ceremony held for new Golden Years home

On Sunday, about 60 members, friends and others interested in the new Golden Years Club   building, which is also the new home for the Helping Hands Food Ministry preparation and distribution center, a food pantry sponsored by the Brownstown Ministerial Alliance, gathered for the dedication of the new building.

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