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  • NEW: Fayette County pageant photos, videos now online

    Visit our Multimedia section to view photos and videos from the 2011 Fayette County pageants.

  • Don't forget Ford show this weekend

    As the fair winds down, another special event is gearing up – this one at Vandalia Lake.
    The event is the inaugural Midwest All-Ford Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. It has the potential to attract hundreds of vintage Ford cars and trucks, as Ford enthusiasts bring their vehicles to the event to be judged and appreciated.

  • Inaugural Ford show is this weekend

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of car and truck enthusiasts – particularly those who favor Ford products – are expected to descend upon the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Fun Times at the Fair

    The Fayette County Fair got under way in Brownstown last Saturday with 4-H shows, and continues through this Saturday evening.

  • Extension changes

    Budgetary cuts by University of Illinois Extension have resulted in changes at the Fayette County office.
    Those changes include a reduction in the hours of operation, with the Fayette County Extension Office now open Wednesday through Friday.
    “These changes will allow us to continue supporting 4-H and other educational programs, while reducing administrative costs,” said Rachelle Hollinshead, Extension director for Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Emma Smith, seated, was named the 2011 Little Miss Fayette County on Monday.

    In front, from left, are: 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers; Aubrey Hebenstreit, second runner-up; Smith; and Morgan Lofland,  first runner-up. In back are 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin and 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield.

  • Junior Miss Fayette County Court

    Brooke Mayfield of Brownstown, seated, was named the 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County queen on Sunday.

    In front, from left, are Mayfield and 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers. In back are Karington Smothers, second runner-up; 2010 Junior Miss Jaedyn Worker; Karsyn Garrison, first runner-up and People's Choice winner; and 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin. Jensen Hollinshead won the Miss Congeniality Award, and Mayfield won Most Photogenic.

  • Miss Fayette County Court

    Marisa Thomason of Brownstown, seated, was named the 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday.

    In front, from left, are: Marissa Summers; 2010 Little Miss; Thomason; and 2011 Little Miss Emma Smith. In back are: second runner-up Ella Ehrat; 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin; 2011 Junior Miss Brooke Mayfield; and first runner-up Abigail Hill. Hill was also named Miss Congeniality and People's Choice. Kathleen Rebbe won Miss Photogenic.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 14

    ✔ 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.

  • 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.