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Today's News

  • Lady Vandals clinch SCC-East title

     The Vandalia girls basketball team not only wrapped up its first-ever South Central Conference East Division title Monday night - the Lady Vandals got their mojo back.

    After struggling offensively in wins over Pana and Hillsboro its previous two games, Vandalia scorched the nets to the tune of 58 percent shooting from the field in a 61-48 win at Litchfield.

  • VCC warden placed on leave

    The warden of Vandalia Correctional Center has been placed on administrative leave.

    Derek Schnapp, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Steve Mensing had been placed on administrative leave.

    Schnapp declined to release the reason for the disciplinary action against Mensing, citing the IDOC policy on personnel matters.

    Schnapp said that Mensing will continue to be paid while on administrative leave.

  • Deem, McCarty receive Abe Awards

    Rodney Deem and Tom McCarty were named the 2009 recipients of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's Abe Awards at the chamber's annual banquet on Thursday evening.

    Also at the banquet, the chamber's 2008 president, Doug Knebel, handed over the reins of the organization to the 2009 president, Joanna Helm.

    The complete story will appear in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

     

  • Two meetings on consolidation of St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts held
  • York makes first appearance in court with new attorney

    A rural Ramsey man who pleaded guilty late last year to the murder of his unborn child will likely have to wait two months to argue for a reduced sentence.

    Michael York of rural Ramsey made his first appearance in court with his new attorney on Tuesday, about six weeks after he made known that he wants a reduction in his sentence.

  • Lady Vandals pick up rare victory at Pana

    Down by five points early in the second half and in desperate need of offense last Thursday at Pana, the Vandalia girls basketball team went to a scoring option few teams possess.

    It turned to its defense.

    The result was a turnover-fueled 11-1 run that turned an 18-13 third-quarter deficit into a 24-19 Lady Vandals lead and - after some tense moments down the stretch - something that hasn't happened in quite a while.

  • Vandals game at Hillsboro postponed again

    Tuesday's postponed Vandalia boys basketball game at Hillsboro has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 16, at Hillsboro. The game was originally rescheduled for tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 28), but heavy snows wiped out VCHS's latest attempt to take on the Hiltoppers.

    The Vandals' home date with Hillsboro has also been postponed twice and has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at VCHS.

  • Tonight's consolidation meeting in Brownstown still on

    Note from Brownstown and St. Elmo school district officials:

    Tonight’s Consolidation Informational Meeting will still be held at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who wishes to travel this evening. The same meeting format will be held Thursday evening at St. Elmo High School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will be other meetings scheduled between now and the April elections for those who do not wish to journey out.

  • Winter storm hits Fayette County

    Fayette County received its biggest snowfall in recent years via winter storms on Monday and Tuesday.

    The storm meant work for some people, including Marlin Filer, shown here using a road grader to clear streets in downtown Vandalia.

    For others, the storm brought enjoyment. Two photos here show sisters Haley and Sarah Bigelow sledding on Tuesday afternoon at the former Washington School, and a third photo shows Cheslea Kozak (left) and Carley Rathbone sledding on the Evans Scout House grounds on Randolph Street in Vandalia.

  • Four towns will have mayoral races

    Residents in four Fayette County communities will have a choice when voting for mayor in April.

    As the filing period for the April 7 consolidated election ended on Monday, races for mayor (or village president) formed in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Farina.

    VANDALIA

    Mayor Rick Gottman has two challengers as he seeks a third term in office. Also filing for the mayoral race were John David Wehrle Jr. and Neil F. Clark.

    City Clerk Peggy Bowen and City Treasurer Marjorie Blythe are both unopposed in running for their fourth terms in office.