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  • UPDATE-Friday, 2:45 p.m.: Murder trial to stay in Fayette County

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple is now scheduled to begin on Aug. 15, and it's scheduled to be held in Fayette County.

    In a written ruling he issued late this week, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which attorneys for Clifford Baker asked that his trial be moved to another county.

  • Kern named VJHS principal

    Brian Kern, assistant principal Vandalia Community High School for the past five years, has been named principal of Vandalia Junior High School. His selection was made by the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting Thursday night.

    He replaces Rod Grimsley, who announced in mid May that he had accepted the superintendent’s position at Gifford Grade School in Champaign County.

  • Village-wide garage sales Friday and Saturday in Brownstown

    The village of Brownstown will host village-wide garage sales from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. this Friday and from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday.
    Garage sale maps are available at Victory Lane and Mark's Cafe in Brownstown.

  • Nice Twice future hinges on finding a new sponsor

    An institution that has helped Fayette County’s poor for nearly two decades is about to disappear unless a new sponsoring agency is found.
    Nice Twice, a resale store located at 418 W. Gallatin in Vandalia, will close within a month if some group doesn’t step in, according to store manager Joan Shafer-Siebert.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 2

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way. The lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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 Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., weather permitting.
    The pool hours for the season are: Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only and Sunday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There must be at least 10 people present to open to pool on days or evenings with questionable weather.
    Admission is $4, and ages 4 and under are admitted free
    Those children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper (Little Swimmers). Diapers and rubber pants are not allowed, due to health concerns.

  • Vandalia Idol judges picked

    Judges for the inaugural Vandalia Idol competition held by Soroptimist International of Vandalia have been announced.
    • Neil Clark has been performing, singing and playing music for more than 60 years,and has served as a judge in several talent contests in the past.
    • Mike Register is the director of the Kaskaskia College choir, as well as a music and voice instructor at KC.

  • Honoring Our Veterans
  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to both raise funds for the fight against all cancers and honor those who have battled the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia.
    The 2011 Fayette County Relay for Life is again being held in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The event gets under way with survivor registration at 4:30 p.m., when the grounds open, and closes with a ceremony at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
    The American Cancer Society event will again feature a variety of activities, including a survivor walk, luminaria ceremony and a lap of silence.

  • Murder trial delayed

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple was pushed back at the last minute due to a strategy change by his attorneys.
    And the judge overseeing the trial for Clifford Baker is expected to decide by Friday whether the teen’s murder trial will still be held in Fayette County.
    Baker, 16, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010. He is also charged with home invasion for allegedly entering another nearby home and attacking one of its residents.