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  • Murder trial pushed back to April

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teenager charged with fatally shooting a couple living near his home has been pushed back to April.
    The trial for Clifford Baker was reset during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, after Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel said he needed time to review two pending motions filed by Baker’s attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville.
    McWard has filed a motion asking for the suppression of statements made by Baker after he was taken into custody.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    Two days after hearing testimony from several individuals, a St. Elmo electoral board ruled that incumbent aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter would be taken off the April 5 municipal election ballot.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    At this point, incumbent St. Elmo aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter are not on the April municipal ballot.

    An electoral board in that community released its ruling on Friday in which it sustained the objections to the nominating petitions filed by Carson and Porter.

    Rita Davis, Carson's opponent in April, objected to his petition, and Lyle Haslett objected to Porter's petition. Both objections stated that the incumbents should not appear on the ballot because their petitions did not contain enough signatures.

  • News Briefs

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    VPD to begin using new radio system

  • Bryan Radliff promoted to colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan P. Radliff was promoted to colonel in a ceremony on Nov. 12 at Duke Field, Eglin AFB, Fla.
    Major General Frank J. Padilla, commander of the 10th Air Force at Fort Worth, Texas, was the presiding officer who administered the oath of office.
    Radliff is currently undergoing training to fly the world’s most advanced aircraft, the F-22 Raptor.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 13

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An informational meeting on the FutureGen 2.0 project will be held at 6 p.m. at the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40 in St. Elmo.
    ✔ 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, January 14

  • Health department sets moving schedule

    The Fayette County Health Department has scheduled its move into its new home.
    The work on the department’s new office complex, located at 416 W. Johnson St. in Vandalia, is nearing completion, and department employees will begin moving into the former Leo Brown Lumber building at the end of this month.
    The FCHD home health and hospice departments, currently housed at 120 S. Fifth St. in Vandalia, will move into the new complex on Jan. 28.

  • Early Morning Fire

    A fire early last Thursday morning caused damage estimated at $30,000 to a house in Vandalia. Vandalia firefighters were called to 1806 W. Johnson St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. Firefighters contained a fire to a bedroom of the home, which is owned by Joseph Hicks and occupied by Ashley Hicks. No injuries were reported. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the call, and VVFD members were at the scene for about 95 minutes. The fire is still under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

  • Miss Fayette County participating in state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2011 fair.
    A big part of this convention is the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Amy Pippin will compete for this title, along with 65 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Ruling in St. Elmo candidacy case coming Friday

    A municipal electoral board in St. Elmo will rule Friday on whether two candidates for alderman seats will be allowed to stay on the April ballot.

    Larry Tish, St. Elmo's mayor and the chairman of the electoral board, made that announcement at the conclusion of a hearing on Wednesday evening that lasted about an hour.

    At issue are objections filed to nominating petitions filed by incumbent Aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter.