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  • Baker trial to begin on Monday

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple in August of last year will get under way as scheduled on Monday.

    The trial for Clifford Baker, 16, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.

    Last-minute motions in the case were ruled upon by Judge Michael McHaney on Thursday afternoon.

  • TV, movie star among those hurt in Thursday crash

    Television and movie star Miranda Cosgrove was reportedly one of seven people injured in one of two accidents on Interstate 70 about 10 miles east of Vandalia at about 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a semi had overturned in the westbound lanes, and while that accident was being investigated, a private tour bus hit the semi.

    Cosgrove reportedly suffered a broken ankle in the accident. One of the seven injured was airlifted from the scene.

    The accident is still being investigated by the state police.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 11

    Thursday, August 11

    ✔ 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, August 12

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates, times set

  • FCHD to begin flu shot clinics in late September

    The Fayette County Health Department is committed to giving all employees flu shots and to serving the community to prevent the spread of influenza. Flu clinics will tentatively start Sept. 26 in various locations in Fayette County.
    Heath care workers have a special role in the fight against influenza. By getting vaccinated themselves, health care workers can protect their health, their families’ health and the health of their patients.

  • Museum sets new exhibits, entertainment season

    The special exhibits in the Fayette County Museum for August are Indian Artifacts and Old School Items.
    The museum welcomed 225 visitors during July. A group from the Taylorville Christian Church toured the museum.
    The Fayette County Museum has announced this season of entertainment. The events are all historical this year.
    “The Fall of the Sparrows: Reverend Frances Springer and His Boatload of Orphans” will be presented by William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, on Sept. 18.

  • Tools for School donation

    Barbara Berendsen, right, presents school supplies donated by Fayette County Hospital employees to Sally Miller of the Tools for School program at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia. Tools for School is open Aug. 10-13. For more information, see page 3 of today's issue.

  • August is breastfeeding promotion month in Illinois

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared August 2011 as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois.
    The proclamation aims to increase public awareness in of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois.
    Breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week with the theme “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience!”
    The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, well-known and research-based.

  • Elks clinic is next week

    Effingham Elks Lodge #1016, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Program and Dr. Timothy Gray of the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, will hold a free orthopedic diagnostic clinic for the children up to age 21 who do not have private health insurance.
    The clinic will be held next Wednesday at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 Evergreen Ave. in Effmgham.

  • County action allows new sidewalks in Brownstown

    Action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday allows the village of Brownstown to move forward with a sidewalk replacement project.
    The board approved a sidewalk easement for the village, which plans to take out existing sidewalks on Main Street near the elementary and junior high-high school campus and construct new sidewalks along College Avenue, according to Dan Fisher of John Crawford and Associates, the village’s engineering firm.