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  • Meth maker gets 12-year sentence

    Just one month after being charged with several methamphetamine offenses, a rural Vandalia man has accepted a 12-year sentence.
    Charles L. Nelson, 60, accepted the lengthy prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of possessing 900 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine.
    As a result of the plea bargain with the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, four other charges were dismissed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 17

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • The Days of Lincoln
  • Fayette County Royalty
  • Avyree Scholes is 2014 Jr. Miss Fayette County
  • 2014 Fayette County Royalty

    2014 Little Miss Fayette County Reagan Smith and Miss Fayette County Sierah Ruffner

  • 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.