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  • School board discusses finances, the startup of a new school year

    In its final meeting before the beginning of the new school year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday breezed through a 35-minute meeting that centered on reports from building administrators about registration and startup of activities throughout the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that, as is typical during summer months, the district spent more money than it took in during July. Operating expenditures for July were $948,723, while revenues of only $237,271 trickled in.

  • State police continue to investigate accident

    The Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate an accident in Fayette County early last Thursday morning that injured six people, including teen television and movie star Miranda Cosgrove.

  • Vandalia native killed in the line of duty

    A Vandalia native who was serving as a police officer in Missouri was killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning.

  • Testimony begins in murder trial on Tuesday

    In his opening statement, Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel told jurors that he would be presenting evidence that would prove that Clifford Baker murdered a neighbor couple and attacked another neighbor while brandishing a knife.
    In his opening statement, the lead attorney for the Loogootee teen charged with first-degree murder and home invasion said he would not dispute many of the facts presented by the prosecution.

  • Historical Vandalia carnival now in town

    Historical Vandalia Inc. is now sponsoring a carnival in the open field next to Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

    The carnival runs from today (Tuesday) through Saturday. It opens at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Thursday night is Armband Night from 6-10 p.m.; Unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased for $16.

    All proceeds from the carnival go to Historic Vandalia.

  • Vandalia native killed in line of police duty

    A Vandalia native serving as a police officer in Caruthersville, Mo., was killed in the line of due early this morning.

    According to news reports from the St. Louis area, Evan Burns, 28, was among the police officers pursuing an individual in a stolen vehicle who was wanted for first-degree assault and auto theft.

    The chase started when the vehicle was located on Interstate 55, and as the driver of the reportedly stolen Escalade went onto state Highway 84, Burns and another Caruthersville stopped their squad cars to set up spike strips.

  • Jury selected, Baker trial to begin on Tuesday afternoon

    A jury trial has been selected for Clifford Baker's murder trial, and the trial is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday afternoon.

    Potential jurors were interviewed on Monday by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and the team of three defense attorneys led by Taylorville attorney Monroe McWard.

    Four jurors had been selected by 1 p.m., and after more potential jurors were interviewed until shortly after 3:30 p.m., Judge Michael McHaney announced that the remaining eight jurors, as well as two alternate jurors, had been selected.

  • 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