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  • Thomason, Smith win Fayette crowns

    Marisa Thomason was crowned the 2011 Miss Fayette County and Emma Grace Smith won the Little Miss Fayette County competition on Monday night at the Fayette County Fair.

    In the Miss Fayette County competition, Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was the first runner-up, and Ella Ehrat was the second runner-up.

    In the Little Miss pageant, Morgan Leann Lofland was the first runner-up, and Aubrey Nacol Hebenstreit was the second runner-up.

  • Mayfield crowned 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County

    Brooke Mayfield was crowned the 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County at the pageant held on Sunday afternoon at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Mayfield, the 11-year-old daughter of Chad and Shannon Mayfield, also won the Junior Miss Photogenic plaque.

    Karsyn Garrison, the daughter of Robert and Kristina Garrison, was first runner-up, and Karington Smothers, the daughter of Kelley Banal and Brent Smothers, was second runner-up. Smothers also was recognized for selling the most raffle tickets. Garrison was also the People's Choice winner.

  • NEW: Ford Show will feature auction of Shelby items

    Midwest All Ford Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet will be held July 16-17 at Vandalia Lake.

  • Fayette County Fair Schedule
  • Talking Tourism

    Two representatives of the new Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth met with members of the Vandalia Tourism Committee and a group of Vandalia merchants last Thursday to talk about how the bureau can help the city and its merchants promote its special events and tourism attractions.

  • Lighting Up the Sky

    The Vandalia Lions Club sponsored the Fourth of July fireworks over Vandalia Lake on Saturday night.

  • News Briefs-July 7, 2011

    Reunion reservation deadline is July 9

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The reunion will begin with registration and a get re-aquainted time from 4-6 pm. There is no charge for the social hour.
    Serving for the meal will begin at 6 p.m. and requires reservations by July 9 to guarantee seating with each person’s graduating class. The cost of the meal is $12 per person.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 7

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Fair begins on Saturday

    The Fayette County Fair begins its 2011 run this Saturday with 4-H and junior shows, and concludes next Saturday evening with a demolition derby.
    This year’s fair includes the return of many popular grandstand attractions, as well as some new entertainment on the second night.
    The grandstand schedule for this year’s fair is as follows:
    • Sunday – Junior Miss Fayette County Pageant at 2 p.m. Ashley Edwards will perform at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by Matt Passalacaqua.

  • Habitat takes over Nice Twice

    Patrons who enjoyed shopping for discounted clothing and household items at the now-closed Nice Twice resale store in downtown Vandalia, will be happy to know that a similar store will open here next month.
    To be operated by Fayette County Habitat For Humanity, the as-yet-unnamed store will open in the same location as Nice Twice, 418 W. Gallatin St. The former Nice Twice store was operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.