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January 16-- Longtime Vidalia Recreation Department board member Karen Hilton was honored by the Vidalia City Council at its monthly meeting in January.  She's been a board member for 15 years and an active member supporting the swimming program of the Rec Department.  The council named Kathy Brown to succeed her.


(L-R) Vidalia Rec Department Director Tommy Sasser, city council member Eddie Tyson, Mayor Ronnie Dixon, city council member Lisa Chesser, Karen Hilton, council member Kaily Dees and Mayor Pro Tem John Raymond Turner.

The council heard reports from Tourism Director Alexa Britton that a concert is being planned for March 21 at Southeastern Technical College and from Onion Festical Chairman Dustin Booth that an act has been signed for the festival's concert Saturday night, April 29th.  He said an announcement will be made January 18 regarding the act's identity.

The council reappointed Vidalia attorneys Reid Threlkeld and Mackey Bryant as City Attorney and City Court Judge, respectively.

City manager Nick Overstreet reported the city will apply for a state grant this year for upgrades in the community around the old city swimming pool. 

He also said plans are being made for a city-wide clean-up day on Saturday, February 18.