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Today's News

  • Pana wallops Lady Vandals

    Coach Michelle McNary said junior Hannah Edwards played her most complete game of the season last Thursday against Pana, but the Lady Panthers opened the game on a 6-0 run and never trailed in defeating the Lady Vandals, 75-38.

    Edwards’ season-long goal was to earn a double-double, which she had missed by one rebound three times and two rebounds one time this season, and she finally reached the mark, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss.

  • Lady Vandals rally to fend off Gillespie

    With 43.7 seconds left in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Gillespie, Lady Vandals coach Michelle McNary saw an opportunity that would help the team gain its first lead of the afternoon.

    Gillespie had just committed its sixth foul of the half, and if the Lady Vandals could continue drawing fouls, she believed they could gain the lead through free-throw shooting.

    Just 5.3 seconds later, freshman Megan Godoyo drew contact on her way to the basket and made two free throws to tie the game at 35.

  • Wrestlers rout rivals on senior night

    It was amazing it didn’t snow.

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team finally got to salute its seniors last Wednesday before a triangular with Carlinville and East Alton-Wood River that had been twice delayed by snow storms.

    Vandalia’s three seniors – Brenden Cripe, Justin Hill and John Vosholler – made the wait worthwhile, each earning at least one victory on the night, which saw the Vandals down the Cavaliers, 72-0, and the Oilers, 68-6.

  • Vandals slip past Hillsboro on road

    HILLSBORO – The Vandals held Hillsboro to fewer than 10 points in all but the second quarter as they notched their first win in three games last Tuesday, downing the Hilltoppers, 48-39.

    Vandalia entered the contest having lost four of its last six games.

    The Vandals never trailed in the contest, but each time it took a lead of at least seven points, Hillsboro slowly inched back into the game.

  • Inconsistencies still plague Vandals in SCC win

    Vandalia capped off the first half against Litchfield on Friday with an 11-0 run to take a 16-point advantage to the locker room, but mental lapses caught up with the Vandals in the second half, leaving coach Kevin Jackson confused after a 56-43 victory.

    It wasn’t a gradual comeback for the Purple Panthers, as they came out with determination, opening the second half on a 10-0 run and forcing the Vandals into four turnovers in the first three minutes.

  • St. Elmo senior Brooke Maxey to play volleyball for Kaskaskia College

    ST. ELMO – One of the area’s hardest hitting volleyball players has signed a letter of intent to play collegiately.

    At a small gathering in the high school library on Friday, St. Elmo senior Brooke Maxey signed to play volleyball for Kaskaskia College for the next two years. She also said there is a chance KC will offer a softball scholarship if scouts are impressed this spring.

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 3, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kevin Kaegy, president of the Bond County Historical Society, was the guest speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Five members of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team earned the right to compete in the state wrestling tournament. Advancing were Todd Hale, David Graumenz, Nathan Graumenz, Mike Mabry and Jeremy Durbin.
    Former Vandalia residents Ray and Beatrice Davis were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 3, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Rick Wells and Greg Baumann.
    Identifying them were: Lester Swofford, Linda Moreland, Neil Henna and Peggy Hunt.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew nelar morf cripeenexe ahtt emn verne laner romf reepixceen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Being Rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.

  • Many county men, women in Civil War

    In my past two columns, I have written about local events surrounding the upcoming 150th anniversary observance of the start of the Civil War on Feb. 11 and 12.

  • Mueller, Knebel worthy of Abes

    It’s always more fun to honor someone when they don’t expect it, and when they honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is all about. Then, you can be assured that they’re doing their good deeds for the right reasons.
    Such was the case with this year’s honorees for the Abe Awards, presented last Thursday by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the prestigious awards for exemplary community service work were Joyce Mueller and Doug Kenebel.