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  • Happy – but hot – times at the Fayette County Fair (18 Photos)
  • Briefs

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand is being held again this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at County Market on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.
    Carson LaDage holds the Lemonade Stand fundraiser at various locations to raise funds for research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with 81 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to research.
    Donations are accepted.

    Concert at St. Elmo Christian Church

  • Statehouse Story Time
  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 27

    ✔ "If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln" is the story for the final story time at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. The story time will feature some retired teachers, homemade toy crafts and ice cream.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

    Friday, July 28

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday deadline for FSA nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acting state executive director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until next Tuesday to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)

  • Disturbances cause delay in trial

    A bench trial has been set for a St. Elmo man jailed on drug charges who has been disruptive in court during recent pretrial hearings.

  • Flying to the Top

    Having completed two years at Kaskaskia College, Bryan Radliff was headed to Southern Illinois University for a degree in administration of justice.
    Although the 1984 graduate of Vandalia Community High School was unsure about a career once he finished college with his bachelor’s degree, he was sure of one thing that he really liked doing.
    Thus, it may have been more than a coincidence that in the SIU course catalog, aerospace science was listed near administration of justice.

  • Route 51 wreck results in fatality

    A Dixon man sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia last Friday afternoon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 20

    ✔ The story for the story time at the Vandalia Statehouse at 10 a.m. is "Lily's Victory Garden." After the story, local master naturalist Brad Brannon will give a demonstration, and children will plant their own seeds.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.