Local News

  • 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.

  • News Briefs Sept. 29, 2011

    Scrapbooking at OUR PLACE
    Scrapbooking will be held at OUR PLACE Youth Center, 507 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday. The scrapbooking is open to everyone ages 8 to adult.

    Inaugural Fun Fest is Saturday

    The inaugural “Join Our Rage Against Neurofibromatosis Fun Fest” will be held from noon-6 p.m. at Gatch Lake.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 25, 2011

    Thursday, September 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Vandalia Community High School volleyball teams will hold their 2011 Volley for a Cure. The freshman match is at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity match is at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow. The evening includes an iPad give-away, raffles and an address by Jennifer Knebel.

  • Festivals draw big crowds

    Good weather and a variety of activities during the Grande Levée and Corn Day attracted big crowds to downtown Vandalia throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Smoking trial is next week

    A jury trial is scheduled next week for the owners of a Vandalia bar who have been issued three tickets for allegedly allowing smoking in the bar.
    The trial for G&T Holdings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.
    Vandalia Police issued three tickets last August which allege that the Redwood Inn violated a city ordinance put on the books in January 2010.