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February 10--  The Vidalia city council observed a moment of silence before its Monday night meeting for two local teenage girls killed Sunday in an auto accident.

Reverend Kevin Hicks led the council in prayer for the family and friends of Amber and Mary Beth Mosley, both students at Toombs County High School and members of the school band.

Band members formed a memorial heart formation for their bandmates Monday at the school and students signed a sympathy wall created at the school for the girls.

In actions at its meeting, the council agreed to pay half the cost to run about 300 feet of water and sewer lines to a proposed optometry clinic on Highway 280 East across from Walmart.  If the project proceeds, it will cost the city about $60,000 for the infrastructure.

The city also agreed to seek a $50,000 state grant to landscape greenspace on Highway 280 West across from Thompson's Service Center.

The decision to start selling alcohol in Vidalia on Sunday's is apparently paying off for the city's coffers.  According to City Finance Director Bill Bedingfield, alcohol sales tax collections in January were up nearly 19% over January of last year.

The local motel tax also increased in January by nearly 12%, however, retail sales tax collections were down about 3%.