Use the form below to filter for articles containing certain key words. Use the calendar on the right for articles published during a certain Month, Year.

December 21--  The Vidalia city council is giving American Legion Post 313 a week to shape up in order to regain its business and liquor licenses.

The city revoked the post's licenses seven days after a teenager was killed in a shooting involving Vidalia police in a parking lot behind the post home on McIntosh Street early Thanksgiving morning.{mosimage}

At an appeal hearing before the council Wednesday, Police Chief Frank Waits said 19-year-old Trey Hunter had been inside the post prior to the shooting.  Post Commander Lorenzo Folson said the Post had rented the facility to a party deejay but retained control of the bar area.  He said patrons under age 21 were not supposed to be in the facility and claimed some used fake ID's to enter.

Chief Waits told the council police have responded to 16 disorderly conduct calls at the Post in the last year and that two involved guns.  He also said the parking lot behind the post became a gathering place for intoxicated customers after they left the building and that many of them left there and caused problems at Flash Foods on the corner of North and McIntosh Streets.

Folson told the council the Post had rented the building for parties to raise revenue.  Councilman Eddie Tyson suggested a change in policy, "If it's going to be American Legion Post 313, it needs to be for members and their guests only."

Folson concurred and said, "Only American Legion and their guests will be allowed in that post and we will operate under the American Legion concept.  We don't need all that other stuff with them young jitterbugs coming in and tearing us down.  We're going to be American Legion only and if they give me my license back, we're going to be alright."

The post commander was asked to put the post polices in writing and submit them to the city for review.  The council is expected to vote on returning the licenses at a called meeting Thursday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m.

In another action, the council extended the deadline for paying city property taxes to January 30, 2012.