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  • Calender-Oct. 6

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, October 8

  • St. Elmo man pleads guilty in federal court

    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court East St. Louis last Friday to selling a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton. Each crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • Pumpkin Party

    Happy Hollow Farms, a pumpkin farm located south of St. Elmo, held a harvest festival featuring a variety of activities over the weekend.

    In the first photo, Stacia Braun takes a photo of daugher Sierra with a pumpkin that she had chosen; Kaelyn Braun looks on. In the second photo, Megan Koss paints a rosebud on the face of Tessa Manley.

  • Gallatin project ahead of schedule

    The final streetscape work on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia is progressing ahead of schedule.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that curbs and gutters had been poured in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street, and that sidewalks were to be poured on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Gottman also said that the new approach to the parking lot for the county courthouse and jail has been completed.
    By the end of the week, weather permitting, the new road surface would be poured, Gottman said.

  • Thomason wins federal lawsuit

    Just about two years after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish removed Ken Thomason from the city’s chief of police position, a federal jury ruled that Tish did so improperly.
    After deliberating for several hours, a jury in U.S. Southern District Court in East St. Louis ruled that Tish fired Thomason without giving him due process.
    In issuing its verdict, the jury awarded Thomason only $1, with that award covering such things as lost wages and anguish caused by the firing.
    The jury also ruled that the city must pay Thomason’s legal fees and court costs.

  • Baker sentenced to life in prison

    “I only wish the court could make it part of his sentence that he be required to have pictures of Deb and Mike in his cell, so that the first thing he sees in the morning and the last thing he sees at night are the faces of the two people he brutally murdered.”
    That was among the points made by LaTisha Paslay, a niece of Deb Tish, during the impact statement she delivered during the sentencing hearing for Clifford W. Baker last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Well to speak at chamber

    Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well will give the program at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting next Wednesday.

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

  • Baker sentenced to natural life in prison

    The Loogootee teen who was convicted last month of murdering a neighbor couple will be in prison the rest of his life.

    At the conclusion of a hearing that lasted about 3 1/2 hours, Judge Michael McHaney gave Clfford Baker two concurrent sentences of natural life in prison for fatally shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

    McHaney also gave Baker three 30-year sentences for convictions on home invasion charges.

  • Corn Day Royalty
  • Barbecue Cook-off Winners

    The winners in the Grande Levée and Corn Day barbecue cook-off are pictured with Audrey Givens of Givens Meat Shop, the sponsor of the event. From left to right are: Chuck Harris, first overall; Rick Tate, second overall; Joey Schaal, first in ribs; Dale Timmermann, first in chicken; and Givens.