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  • Master Gardener deadline extended

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests, you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master Gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • SWCD Honors First National Bank

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District recently presented a plaque to First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville for its long-time support.

  • New state law on electronics disposal

    Beginning Jan. 1, it will no longer be legal for individuals to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash.
    Discarded electronics – including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines and many other electronic devices – must be taken to a registered recycler for proper management.
    It will be illegal for the consumer to dispose of them in the trash, and it will be illegal for Illinois landfills to accept them.

  • Helping Kids with Cancer

    Sew Liberty recently hosted a "sew-in," making pillowcases for kids with cancer. Using colorful fabric donated to the cause, volunteers made 22 pillowcases.

    Four women participated in the event, including the owner of Sew Liberty, Jennifer Flowers, and her mother, Kim Pope, from Colorado Springs. Also participating were Viola Blankenship and Nancy Shipman. The pillowcases will be given to hospitals for children who are fighting cancer.

  • Calendar-Dec. 1, 2011

    Thursday, December 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, December 3

    ✔ St. Elmo's Holiday Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Holiday activities begin this weekend

    The Christmas season in Fayette County gets into full swing with a variety of activities over the next few days.

  • Smoking trial is this week

    A little more than a month after one liquor license holder in Vandalia admitted to allowing smoking in its establishment, a second license holder is taking its case to trial.
    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3862 was issued a ticket in August for allegedly violating the city’s ordinance prohibiting smoking at the end of July.
    On Oct. 25, Commander Terry Oldham represented the post in pleading guilty to that ticket. The post was fined $250.

  • Filing for primary election begins

    As candidate filing for the spring primary election got under way on Monday, a race in next fall’s general election was formed.

  • Rotary's Christmas Parade is Saturday

    Santa Claus will be welcomed into Vandalia this Saturday as he will participate in the annual Vandalia Rotary Christmas Parade.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot and travels east on Gallatin Street to Fourth Street, where it turns south and disbands at the First National Bank parking lot.

    Santa, however, will continue to Lincoln Park, where he will be available to talk with children in the park’s gazebo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas