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  • Judge considers Baker's request to lower sentence

    A judge has agreed to consider a request for a lower sentence filed by a Loogootee man who murdered two of his neighbors while he was a teen.
    At the end of a brief hearing last week in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Allan Lolie said that he would take under advisement Clifford W. Baker’s request to reconsider his request.
    Baker, 23, was convicted in October 2011 of fatally shooting neighbors John Michael “Mike” Mahon and Debra Tish while they slept in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Making Lady Vandal History
  • Large tax overpayment believed an anomoly

    While some taxing entities are expected to receive more money than they anticipated, it is believed that a significant amount for one entity is an anomaly.
    Initially, all local school districts feared that this may be a major widespread issue throughout after one district learned that it’s tax monies are much more than what they expect to get.
    But Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder said that such a large overpayment is thought at this time to be a rare occurrence.
    Any such issues, Conder said, “will be taken care of.”

  • Audit: water, sewer rate hikes needed

    Unless the Vandalia City Council takes action, city residents will be seeing their water and sewer rates increase by more than 7 percent.
    In presenting the city’s annual audit prepared by Timmerman and Co. Ltd., Dale Timmerman told city officials that the expenses for the water and sewer systems increased by $143,321 and $73,948, respectively.
    Percentage-wise, those are increases of 7.82 for water and 7.54 for sewer.

  • McGinnis dies in prison; flu believed to be cause

    A Greenville man who was sentenced to prison for murdering his ex-wife’s attorney and shooting up the office of his attorney in Vandalia has died in prison.
    Various media outlets reported on Tuesday that Kelly L. McGinnis died while incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner.
    The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Judge John Knight, who prosecuted McGinnis while serving as the state’s attorney in Greenville, said that McGinnis died from influenza.

  • Former VCC guard pleads guilty to amended charge, put on probation

    A former Vandalia Correctional Center officer was placed on probation upon pleading guilty to an amended felony charge on Tuesday afternoon.

  • New Chamber Logo
  • And the winners are ...

    For many years, residents of Brownstown could always look to Ginny Wilbur to take a leadership role in something of importance to their village. In Vandalia, Larry Hopkins plays a vital role in numerous organizations and projects.

  • Koontz now opts for trial by judge

    A Vandalia man who failed to appear in court for his jury trial on child pornography charges has decided to let a judge render a verdict.

  • Farmers have until next Monday to provide census data online

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reminds this nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is one week away.
    Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail by Feb. 5. The online questionnaire offers new timesaving features.
    The Census of Agriculture is the only NASS questionnaire mailed to every producer across the country and is conducted just once every five years.