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December 14--  Northland cable viewers in Vidalia should know by the end of the year if the cable system will continue to offer programming from Savannah television stations.

Vidalia city manager Bill Torrance told the December city council meeting the cable company is in negotiations with the stations.  He says the stations want more money from the cable operator and if talks break down Vidalia viewers could lose access on short notice. The current agreement expires December 31.

The council approved annexation of 442 acres on the Ezra Taylor Road and of just over three acres on the Bob Sharp Road into the city.  

City employees are receiving year-end bonuses ranging from $250 to $500 per worker.  The cost is $39,518 and leaves the city with a year-end operating balance of about $200,000.

The council was informed of steps the city is taking to lessen the impact of the county decision to cease paying the cost of streetlights along a section of Highway 280 between Mosley Street and the Sonic Drive-In.  

In other actions, Leander Tufts was appointed to the Vidalia Planning Commission to succeed the late Henry Williams.  Others reappointed include Brent Sammons and Ronnie Green to the Development Authority of Vidalia, Tom Peterson to the Revolving Loan Committee, Chess Fountain to the Vidalia Development Authority, and Freddie Thompson, Karen Hilton and Johnny Whited to the Vidalia Recreation Board.