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  • St. Elmo Legion honors Lowe for his service during WWII

    A St. Elmo man who served in the Navy during World War II was honored last Tuesday by American Legion Post No. 420 in St. Elmo.

  • Judge denies Baker request for a lighter sentence

    A judge has denied the request for a lighter sentence sought by a Loogootee man who murdered his neighbors while he was a teen.
    In a docket entry made filed last Wednesday, Judge Allan Lolie stated his reasons for denying Clifford W. Baker’s motion for reconsideration of his sentence.
    Baker, now 23, was convicted in October 2011 of fatally shooting neighbors John Michael “Mike” Mahon and Debra Tish while they slept in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

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  • Shooting threat comments result in student arrest

    A Vandalia Community High School student who was arrested last week for allegedly making a school shooting threat told authorities that he was joking, but Vandalia’s police chief said all kinds of threats have to be taken seriously.
    And school officials say that they will continue to study ways to improve school safety in light of the issue and will look at policies and procedures on notifying parents of any possible issue.
    The 15-year-old student who allegedly made the threat comments has been charged with disorderly conduct.

  • Charges filed after discharge of firearm

    A Vandalia man who sought treatment for a gunshot wound on Saturday evening has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, officers responded to Fayette County Hospital at 7:31 p.m. for a report of a male who had sustained a gunshot wound.
    Upon investigation, Drew E. Losier, 18, was arrested on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identication Card, criminal damage to property and criminal damage to property more than $500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 22

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

    Friday, February 23

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

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  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 15

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

    Friday, February 16

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  • New coroner keeping busy

    The county’s new coroner told Fayette County Board members that he has been quite busy since moving into the position at the beginning of the year.
    In his report to the board on Tuesday night, David Hejl told board members that there have been eight coroner cases and three autopsies since Jan. 1.
    Hejl also said that he has been working, on average, 31 hours per week, though he is attempting to reduce the weekly hours for the part-time position.