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  • Pretrial set for new Baker sentencing

    A February pretrial hearing has been set for a Loogootee resident who will be resentenced on first-degree murder charges on which he was convicted four years ago.

  • Free Christmas Dinner at Northside

    Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The dinner is for anyone in the community who would otherwise be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church, 283-1970.

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    • Brenda M. McCrory, 53, Montclair, Calif., was arrested on Dec. 15 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Brian M. Corrow, 33, 309 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 14 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Keisha A. Beccue, 25, Altamont, was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of theft less than $300 and disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.

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  • Low-speed vehicle law tabled again

    For the second month in a row, the Fayette County Board tabled an ordinance governing the use of low-speed vehicles within the county.
    “I think there are a lot of people who’ve got questions about it,” board Chairman Jeff Beckman said as the issue came up during Tuesday’s meeting.
    The board agreed to send it to its rules and regulations committee for further discussion, and Beckman said a vote on the ordinance could come up as soon as next month.

  • Levy hikes city tax bill 2%+

    The Vandalia City Council is planning to vote in two weeks on a tax levy that will increase the city’s portion of residents’ tax bills by a little more than 2 percent.
    The tax levy that aldermen agreed to consider for approval at their Dec. 21 meeting has a total of $740,600, which is an increase of 19.44 percent over last year’s total tax extension.
    That levy proposal is one of two options that was presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., during a work session on Monday evening.

  • Council approves engineering fees for bridge on Thrill Hill

    Though it does not currently have the money to replace the bridge on Thrill Hill Road, the city of Vandalia took the first step for that project on Monday.
    The council voted 6-1 to approve an agreement with Hurst-Roche Engineers in Hillsboro for preliminary engineering for a new bridge.
    The fee for the preliminary engineering is $50,060.09, and the city is required to pay 20 percent of that total, about $10,000.

  • Schwarm elected appellate court presiding judge

    The Fayette County resident who served as the chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for more than a decade has been elected to a similar post at the appellate-court level.

  • Statehouse open house Saturday

    The keepsake ornament at this year’s Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse reflects an improvement project slated for the state’s oldest existing capitol.

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    Thursday, Dec. 10

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ 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.