Santa Claus came to town Saturday in Columbus as part of the regular Saturdays on the Square events sponsored by area merchants and vendors. Santa is shown above walking down the sidewalk to visit with children. The visits were a little different, as children and Santa had to remain socially distant, without the traditional moments on Santa’s lap. As shown above, children got a special chair near Santa or simply stood. Santa had some local helpers with him, riding on the back of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department’s engine. Santa answered one of the burning questions posed by area schoolchildren in this week’s Holiday Greetings section, which is, “can you get COVID-19.” Santa advised that, while he believed he was protected by his special magic from COVID, just to be safe, the U.S. CDC recently allowed him to take the new coronavirus vaccine. Banner Press photos by Vince Leibowitz
LA GRANGE —Purdue Farms is asking the Fayette County Commissioners Court to grant it a property tax abatement for pending expansion.
LA GRANGE — Fayette County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Muras has announced he will resign, effective Dec. 31.
The regional hospitalization rate for COVID-19 patients climbed above 15 percent for the first time in months for a portion of the Tri-County region as the entire region showed higher COVID-19 death tolls week-overweek compared to last week.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit, SGT Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt, stopped, left, a Chevy Silverado Dec. 15 on Interstate 10 at the 658 mile-marker at approximately 12:40 p.m. for a traffic violation. The vehicle was traveling from Mexico to Houston, Texas. After speaking to the driver Thumann became suspicious he may be involved in smuggling illegal narcotics. Thumann was given consent to search deployed his canine partner Kolt to conduct an exterior sweep of the vehicle. Kolt alerted to the vehicle for the presence of illegal narcotics. Thumann and Investigator David Smith discovered approximately 10 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1,000,000 inside the vehicles oil pan. Julio Yanez, 44, of Laredo was arrested for Felony Cocaine Possession and taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center in La Grange.