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  • 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

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  • 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.