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  • Teen again ruled fit to stand trial

    For the second time, a judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple is mentally fit to stand trial, and also that a confession given by the teen should not be suppressed.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last week, Judge Michael McHaney denied motions on those matters filed by attorneys for 16-year-old Clifford Baker.

  • Judge again rules teen fit to stand trial for murder

    A judge ruled has ruled for the second time that a Loogootee teen charged with murder is fit to stand trial.

    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion by attorneys for Clifford Baker to reconsider an earlier ruling on Baker's fitness for trial.

  • Area Community Calendar-May 19, 2011

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, May 20

  • News Briefs_May 19, 2011

    Relay karaoke contest is next Thursday

     

    A Fayette County Relay for Life karaoke contest will be held next Thursday evening in Lincoln Park in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the entry fee is $10, with cash prizes to be awarded.

    Participants may call 425-3843 or 704-5293 to confirm song availability or they may provide their own karaoke CD.

    Seating is limited, so those planning to attend should take lawn chairs. Concessions will be available.

  • Roadblock Day Proclamation

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' Roadblock Day.

    On Saturday, members of Laborers' Local 1197 will be collecting  donations to assist disabled children. Above, Gottman (center) is shown with Joe Hill (left), field representative for Laborers' Local 1197, and Ted Miller, local shop steward.

  • City continues to work on trimming budget

    As Vandalia officials continue their work toward producing a balanced budget, the city’s finances continue to be the main topic of discussion at city council meetings.

  • Teen's fitness for trial to be argued again

    An attorney representing a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple last fall will ask the court to again consider whether the teen is fit to stand trial.

  • VJHS principal accepts superintendent position

    In an hour-long meeting – half of which was occupied by a closed-session meeting on personnel matters – the Vandalia Board of Education approved the hiring of two high school staffers and accepted the resignations of three others.

  • UPDATE: Baker trial still set for the end of May

    The jury trial for the 16-year-old Loogootee teen accused of murdering a neighbor couple is still set to begin with jury selection on May 31.

    That determination was made during a pretrial hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday morning in the case of Clifford Baker, who is charged with first-degree murder and home invasion for allegedly shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home last August.

  • Soroptimist hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.