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  • BREAKING NEWS-Mayor's dismissal of police chief stands

    A 3-3 vote by the St. Elmo City Council at a special meeting on Thursday night means that Mayor Larry Tish’s dismissal of Ken Thomason from the chief of police position stands.

    About 240 city residents were on hand for the meeting, which was moved from the Phillips Building to the St. Elmo Elementary School because of the size of the crowd.

    At the close of the meeting, which lasted about an hour, aldermen Chris Worman and Mike McCall, and Tish, voted to uphold Thomason’s dismissal.

  • St. Elmo council uphold mayor's decision

    A 3-3 vote by the St. Elmo City Council at a special meeting on Thursday night means that Mayor Larry Tish’s dismissal of Ken Thomason from the chief of police position stands.

    About 240 city residents were on hand for the meeting, which was moved from the Phillips Building to the St. Elmo Elementary School because of the size of the crowd. About a dozen area police officers checked everyone with handheld metal detectors as they entered the building.

  • State late on school payments

    After receiving the first installment of local tax monies, the Vandalia Community School District’s financial picture is considerably brighter. However, uncertainty about state funding continues to cloud the district’s financial outlook — its payments to the district are about four months late.

  • City will pay for damages to downtown florist

    The Vandalia City Council was asked on Monday night to take care of what city officials expect to be the last of unwelcome surprises related to the downtown streetscape project.

    While tearing out the sidewalk on the south side of the 400 block of Gallatin Street, workers learned that part of the foundation of Something Special Florist was setting on that sidewalk.

    “They tore out part of the foundation when tearing out the sidewalk,” Something Special owner Donelle Conaway told the city council.

  • Fate of St. Elmo police chief will be determined on Thursday

    About 80 vehicles, ranging in size from compact cars to a road grader, paraded through St. Elmo on Monday night. There to greet each of the vehicles on Main Street was Ken Thomason, the man for whom the parade was held.

    That parade was organized by Dale Sperry as a way of showing community support for Thomason, who was deposed as chief of police by Mayor Larry Tish last Wednesday.

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.

  • Laches give soldiers a warm welcome and a warm meal

    What began as a simple refueling stop for a convoy of Army vehicles last week turned into a showcase for Fayette County hospitality.

    After receiving an inquiry from Army officials seeking a place to set up a refueling station, Dorothy and Steve Lach rolled out the red carpet to about a dozen groups of 20 Army vehicles traveling from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis. More than 500 personnel were involved in the convoy, which passed through the county on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • UPDATE: Ken Thomason will fight his termination

    Ken Thomason isn’t ready to give up his job without a fight. He just doesn’t know at this point what approach he will take in that fight.

    Thomason said on Friday, two days after being terminated as St. Elmo’s chief of police, that he has been talking with two attorneys since Mayor Larry Tish handed and read to him a letter of termination.

  • St. Elmo mayor fires police chief

    Two days after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish locked horns with Police Chief Ken Thomason at a city council meeting, Tish fired the police chief.

    Tish presented Thomason with a letter on Wednesday in which he stated that Thomason's termination was effective immediately.

    As for any explanation of the termination, Tish stated in the letter only that, "It is my opinion that the interests of the municipality demand your removal as chief of police."

  • Friday at 4 p.m. " LaMar among supporters of terminated police chief

    “We need a lot more of those hung up in town,” a female yelled from her vehicle Friday afternoon as she saw Michael L. LaMar holding a “Reinstate the Chief” at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Main Street.

    Upon learning that the female wanted one of those signs, LaMar pulled one from the bed of this truck.