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  • Nice Twice future hinges on finding a new sponsor

    An institution that has helped Fayette County’s poor for nearly two decades is about to disappear unless a new sponsoring agency is found.
    Nice Twice, a resale store located at 418 W. Gallatin in Vandalia, will close within a month if some group doesn’t step in, according to store manager Joan Shafer-Siebert.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 2

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way. The lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., weather permitting.
    The pool hours for the season are: Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only and Sunday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There must be at least 10 people present to open to pool on days or evenings with questionable weather.
    Admission is $4, and ages 4 and under are admitted free
    Those children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper (Little Swimmers). Diapers and rubber pants are not allowed, due to health concerns.

  • Vandalia Idol judges picked

    Judges for the inaugural Vandalia Idol competition held by Soroptimist International of Vandalia have been announced.
    • Neil Clark has been performing, singing and playing music for more than 60 years,and has served as a judge in several talent contests in the past.
    • Mike Register is the director of the Kaskaskia College choir, as well as a music and voice instructor at KC.

  • Honoring Our Veterans
  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to both raise funds for the fight against all cancers and honor those who have battled the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia.
    The 2011 Fayette County Relay for Life is again being held in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The event gets under way with survivor registration at 4:30 p.m., when the grounds open, and closes with a ceremony at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
    The American Cancer Society event will again feature a variety of activities, including a survivor walk, luminaria ceremony and a lap of silence.

  • Murder trial delayed

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple was pushed back at the last minute due to a strategy change by his attorneys.
    And the judge overseeing the trial for Clifford Baker is expected to decide by Friday whether the teen’s murder trial will still be held in Fayette County.
    Baker, 16, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010. He is also charged with home invasion for allegedly entering another nearby home and attacking one of its residents.

  • Chamber to hear about Ford Car Show

    Bill Haselhorst will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Haselhorst will talk about the Midwest All-Ford Nationals Car Show, scheduled for July 16-17 at Vandalia Lake.

    The chamber meeting is held in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a noon luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • News Briefs-May 25, 2011

    Relay horseshoe tourney is May 28

    The Miller Brothers Construction Relay for Life team will hold a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Eric Miller's residence.
    The entry fee is $20, and trophies will be given for the first three places.
    The tournament will feature a raffle drawing for various items, a 50/50 drawing and a food stand. For more information, contact Eric Miller at 846-2861.

    Relay for Life ribbons available

  • UPDATE-3 p.m. Wednesday - Murder trial postponed

    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon, the jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murder was postponed.

    A new date for the trial for Clifford Baker will be among the matters to be discussed at a hearing next Tuesday morning.

    The trial for Baker, a 16-year-old charged with fatally shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010, was set to begin with jury selection on Tuesday.