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  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen

    Farelisse Lassor, of Vandalia, competed in the French Lick, Ind., Casino Pageant on March 31, winning the crown of Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • Lincoln Heritage Festival Schedule

    SATURDAY
    • 6-9 a.m. – Registration for festival participants and vendors.
    • 10 a.m. – Festival opens to the public.
    • 10 a.m. – Civil War camps open for public walk-throughs.
    • 10 a.m.-noon – Children’s activities in Locust Street pavilion, including learning to shoot marbles, horseshoes, three-legged races, sack races, balls and jacks, and watermelon-eating contest.
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Horse-drawn carriage rides and pony rides, in circle drive in Rogier Park.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 10

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the baseball and softball fields.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John A. Fairbanks, 33, 3146 N. 1450, Herrick, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of failure of a sex offender to register a new address. No bond information was listed.
    • Patrick M. Lawson, 19, Fairview Heights, was arrested on July 7 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on July 7 on a charge of battery. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Youth hurt in wreck is back home

    A Brownstown youth returned home on Monday after being treated in a St. Louis hospital for injuries sustained in a car-bicycle accident last Thursday evening.
    Shelby R. Orechovesky, 7, of Brownstown, was taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, then transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

  • Fair gets under way this weekend

    This year’s edition of the Fayette County Fair gets under way this weekend at the fairgrounds in Brownstown with the start of the 4-H show on Saturday and a truck and tractor pull on Sunday.
    The grandstand schedule for this year’s fair is:
    • Sunday – Truck and tractor pull at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-1, with pit passes costing $15.
    • Monday – Miss Fayette County and Little Miss Fayette County pageant at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-11.

  • Five are injured in early morning wreck on I-70

    Five of six individuals riding in a van that crashed on Interstate 70 at Vandalia last Wednesday required medical treatment.