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  • 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.

  • Tuesday wreck closes section of I-70

    An Ohio man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries sustained in a Tuesday afternoon accident that halted traffic on a section of Interstate 70 near Vandalia.

  • Feeding Time

    Dawson Sikma feeds a goat as he and other participants in the summer reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia enjoy Anna Taylor's petting zoo.

  • New city budget will have 3 deficit funds

    The Vandalia City Council will be voting next Monday on a budget that includes deficits in three areas and an overall deficit of close to $200,000.
    During a work session held on Monday afternoon, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that the proposed budget has deficits in the water and sewer, capital improvement and payroll funds.
    The water and sewer fund deficit of $98,281, can be largely attributed to the increased cost of supplies and the replacement of water department pumps that are 30 and 40 years old.

  • Circle K request nixed

    A request from Circle K for a license that would allow gaming devices and the sale of liquor at its Vandalia store died quietly on Monday evening.
    There was silence when Mayor Rick Gottman asked if there was a second on a motion by Alderman Jerry Swarm to increase the number of Class A business licenses from one to two.
    Three times Gottman asked for a second on the motion, and three times, there was no response.
    With that, Circle K’s request was rejected.