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Today's News

  • Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair

    If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do, there's there's no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.
    The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events – including Civil War camps and skirmishes,  period arts and crafts, children's games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.

  • 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.

  • Leidner heads up Lincoln Heritage Fest

    Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.