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  • 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.

  • Route 51 community group reorganizes

    Illinois Department of Transportation officials had scheduled a meeting last Wednesday in Vandalia to explain to northside neighborhood residents why the two Ill. Route 51 bypass routes IDOT selected are the best alternatives for the city.
    But opposition among local citizens and in the local media led them to rethink that plan before the meeting got under way.

  • City says owner required to maintain Randolph crossing

    Vandalia officials have been fielding a number of complaints about the condition of a rail crossing on one of the town’s busiest streets, the chairman of the city council’s street committee said on Monday.
    And the city has determined, Alderman Bret Brosman said at Monday’s city council meeting, that the city is not responsible for repairs to that crossing.
    Brosman said the complaints have been about the condition of the crossing on Randolph Street near Culbertson’s Heating & Cooling and Vandalia Warehouse.

  • Greenville Museum holds Heritage Days

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville held its annual Heritage Days celebration over the weekend, drawing large crowds to view hundreds of tractors and other types of farm implements, as well as various activities. The event included field demonstrations with classic tractors. Jimmy Kinnard is shown taking his granddaughter, 5-year-old Abigail Kinnard for a ride while he plows. Also shown is the museum's main building, which was recently enclosed and equipped with geo-thermal heating and cooling units.

  • Main Street plans restructuring

    In the face of funding cuts from the city of Vandalia and difficult economic conditions, the board of directors of Vandalia Main Street this week issued a press release affirming its intention to continue the organization – albeit in a scaled-down version.
    As a result, the organization will be “restructuring its dues, membership structure and administrative operations to better meet the needs of donors and offer better value for their investment,” according to a press release issued by Josh Henry, Vandalia Main Street board president.

  • City looking into enhanced police patrols at lake

    Everyone attending a meeting on Monday evening agreed that more of a police presence is needed at Vandalia Lake.
    How that can be accomplished has yet to be determined.
    But there was considerable discussion on that issue during a meeting called by the Vandalia Lake Committee.
    In addition to committee members, those in attendance included Mayor Rick Gottman, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay and several city aldermen.

  • Teen arrested for double murder in Loogootee

    A male teen was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, several hours after two individuals were found dead at a Loogootee residence.
    Fayette County Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued shortly before noon on Wednesday that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday to investigate a reported break-in at a Loogootee residence.
    A sheriff’s deputy then responded to a second Loogootee residence “and identified an apparent crime scene."

  • Two found dead in Loogootee home

    Two individuals who sustained gunshot wounds were found dead in a Loogootee home early Wednesday, and a male teen is in custody.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a statement released just before noon on Wednesday that the bodies of two individuals who had sustained gunshot wounds were discovered as the Fayette County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a break-in.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    State and county law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating the death of two individuals at their Loogootee home.

    County officials were still unable to release any more information by mid-morning on Wednesday. The release of information was scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

    More will be released on this website as information becomes available.