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  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.

  • Vernon man arrested after fatal altercation is released from jail

    A Vernon man who was arrested after a physical altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Centralia man was released from custody on Monday.
    According to a press release from Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, Ric D. Cline, 27, sustained stab wounds during that altercation and later was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

  • Teen now faces six major charges

    The Farina teen who was arrested last week for fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home now faces six felony charges.
    Clifford W. Baker was arrested shortly after he allegedly shot Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Four additional counts were added on Monday, during Baker’s first appearance in court with his court-appointed attorney, Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter.

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in altercation

    A Fayette County man who was involved in an altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday died from injuries sustained in that fight.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued Monday morning that Ric Cline, 27, was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia on Sunday.

    Initial indications, Friedel said, are that Cline was the aggressor. "However, the investigation has not been completed, and no final decisions have been made regarding any possible charges in the future."

  • More charges filed against teen charged with murder

    Four additional charges were filed on Monday against a 15-year-old male arrested last week for the murder of a Loogootee couple in their home.

    At the arraignment hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday morning, Judge William Becker read the charges to Clifford W. Baker, who alleged murdered Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning.

  • CRP signup Wednesday at Days Inn

    Days Inn Hotel –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. Quail Forever will be hosting a Landowner Informational meeting at the Days Inn Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 11,at 5 p.m. to help answer questions about how to improve enrollment chances and wildlife values.

  • Teen injured when truck collides with train

    A Vandalia teen sustained serious injuries on Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Nathaniel C. Henna, 16, was northbound on County Road 1050 East when he drove upon a rail crossing and was struck by a northbound train owned by CSX Railroad Transportation Co.
    The crash caused damage to the left front portion of the train and to the entire front portion of the truck driven by Henna.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students needing assistance, has set the dates for supplies pickup:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-noon.

    Vandalia Rehab holds supply drive

  • Bond set at $2 million for teen charged with murder

    Bond was set at $2million on Thursday for a 15-year-old Farina male who was arrested on Wednesday for the murder of two Loogootee residents in their home

    At his first court appearance, Clifford W. Baker was formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed the charges just before Thursday's mid-morning hearing.

    He is charged with murdering John Michael Mahon, 60, and Debra J. Tish, 53.

  • Names of murder victims released

    The names of the two individuals who were murdered in their home early Wednesday morning have been released.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday evening that Debra J. Tish, 53, and John Michael Mahon, 60, died in their Loogootee home after being shot multiple times with a high-powered gun.

    Bowen pronounced Tish and Mahon dead at their home at 4:27 a.m. on Wednesday. Autopsies on the victims were performed on Wednesday at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.