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  • Baker sentencing again reset

    A new sentencing hearing for a Loogootee resident convicted in 2011 of murdering a neighbor couple has again been rescheduled.
    During a teleconference last Thursday, a new sentencing hearing for Clifford W. Baker was set for April 3.
    Involved in that teleconference were the judge assigned to conduct the hearing, Associate Judge Allan F. Lolie, State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Public Defender William B. Starnes III.

  • County OKs $796,000 transfer

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved another transfer from the county’s capital improvement fund, one that is much larger than past fund loans.
    And much of that latest loan will be spent to meet the county’s current financial obligations.
    The board approved in a 9-3 vote a loan of up to $796,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund, and in another 9-3 vote, it gave County Treasurer Rose Hoover the authority to transfer the funds.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary holds its monthly meetings. The executive board meets at 5:30 p.m. and the regular auxiliary meeting is at 6 p.m.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Protz in state competition Jan. 19-22 in Springfield

    Miss Fayette County Fair Queen 2016 Brandy Protz will compete at Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant.

    The 58th annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will take place at the IAAF Convention held Jan. 19-22 at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
    Protz will compete along with 71 other contestants from throughout the state.
    Brandy is the 20-year-old daughter of Randy and Janel Protz, and Brenda Protz.

  • Gaming again put on hold

    The Vandalia City Council’s plan on Tuesday to hold first readings of two requests for liquor licenses tied to gaming was killed before it even came up.
    Instead of reading those requests, which are from businesses whose earlier requests were denied, the council voted to focus on the idea of limiting the number of gaming parlors in the city.
    One of those requests is for a license being issued to Discount Tobacco, and the other is for the transfer of an existing license to Meyer Oil.

  • 25 years of warmth

    “It makes it all worthwhile when I see a kid smile like that.”

  • Alumni & Friends Raffle
  • Library starts Winter Reading Program

    All local students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are invited to partipate in Evans Public Library's Winter Reading Program, "Book Your Winter Get-Away!"
    For each book they read over the winter, participants will receive a ticket to enter to win prizes.
    The program runs through Feb. 28. Students may sign up anytime at the library.

  • Mayor getting new city official acclimated

    Tuesday was the first day on the job for Vandalia’s new director of economic development, and Mayor Rick Gottman said he is focused on getting Brian Stout acclimated.
    Gottman told aldermen that he and Stout are meeting with Jeanne Gustafson, the director of economic development in Salem, this Thursday, and that he plans to set up meetings with others holding that position in other towns.

  • Pana, St. Anthony in VHT title game; Vandals play for 5th

    The championship game of the 45th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament will feature a rematch between Pana and Effingham St. Anthony.

    The two teams met earlier in the tournament, with St. Anthony recording a 50-48 win.

    The Vandals will play Shelbyville in the third-place game, set for 5 p.m.

    Patoka faces Flora in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m., and Ramsey faces Father McGivney in the seventh-place game at 3:30.