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  • 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.

  • Community Calendar-May 26, 2011

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a lapsit story time at 6 p.m. The theme is, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail."

  • Graduation Day

    Six of seven area high schools held commencement exercises for the class of 2011 last weekend.

  • Volunteers needed for Avenue of Flags

    Volunteers are needed to put up and take down the Avenue of Flags display provided by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.
    Those who wish to help put up the flags should report to the Legion Home at 221 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m. on Monday.
    A full breakfast will be provided to workers after all flags are put up.
    The flags will not be put up in the event of bad weather.

  • Memorial Day programs, activities planned in the area

    Memorial Day programs and activities will be held throughout the area this weekend.
    Patoka
    A Memorial Day dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center.
    The menu will include ham and turkey with all of the trimmings, drinks, and homemade pie and cake. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children.
    A quilt and gun raffle will also be held.
    All proceeds from the dinner will be used for the maintenance of Magassi Cemetery.
    Brownstown

  • Two sent to prison for meth

    Two Fayette County men were sentenced to prison last Thursday for their roles in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation in the fall of 2009
    Brian E. Scholes, 26, of Vandalia, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and Travis W. Metzger, 38, of Brownstown was sentenced to six years in prison.
    Scholes and Metzger were arrested in August 2009 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, which included a cook jar and coffee filters.