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Today's News

  • Shelton wins Voice of Democracy contest

    The Browstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9770 recently announced Kelsey Shelton as the winner of its annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship Award for her winning essay.

    The opportunity to submit an entry is offered to high school seniors. If the winner is going on to college, the amount of the scholarship is $250. If no further schooling is planned, the award is $50.

    A 2009 Brownstown High School graduate, Kelsey has NASCAR among her interests. In fact, she likes NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson to the extent of having his initials on her license plate.

  • Repeat!

    It was, as they say, déjà vu all over again.

    The defending state champion Vandalia Community High School girls 4-by-400-meter relay team was in the runner-up position to Eureka after Thursday’s preliminary heats. Just like last year.

    They drew the same lane assignment in the finals – lane 8, next to the outside. Just like last year.

    And they ran an electrifying race – leading virtually pole to pole in the four-lap race. Just like last year.

  • T-Town blanks Vandals 13-0

    Three days after winning the first game of its regional tournament, Vandalia exited the tourney in the semifinal round against Teutopolis.

    Teutopolis, the No. 1 seed in the region, showed its depth and talent in the 13-0 win.

    “They [Teutopolis] know how to play game,” Coach Luke Hohlt said, “We just have to come out and be ready from the get go, and a few at-bats here and there may have changed the outcome of this game. We had some chances there, could have made the pitcher work a little harder, but that’s a learning experience.”

  • Ruffner takes third in high jump at state

    Going up to Peoria for the IESA Class AA State track and Field meet, VJHS coach Kevin Schroeder and his Junior Vandals had just one goal, win a medal.

    Competing in just nine of the 57 events, against the best seventh-graders and eighth-graders in the state, their goal would not be an easy one.

    Sierah Ruffner, however, rose to the occasion.

    Ruffner, an eighth grader, competed in the eighth-grade girls’ high jump. Despite the event start time of noon, she had to wait until 2 p.m. before her first jump, in the third flight.

  • VCHS relay team repeats as state champs

    The Vandalia Community High School girls 4x400 relay team repeated as state champions on Saturday.

    The Lady Vandals repeated with a time of 4:00.58, nipping second-place finisher Newton by just .3 seconds.

    The relay team consisting of Paige Dodson, Ashley Durbin, Tori Hagy and Kayla Houston set a new school record in the process of winning the state title. The new record beat the old record of 4:03.47, which was set in last year's state finals win.

     

     

  • VCHS relay team returns to state finals

    The defending state champion girl’s 4-by-400-meter relay from Vandalia Community High School was runner-up to Eureka in Thursday’s preliminary heat, but still qualified for Saturday’s final on the basis of time.

  • Curriculum program presented to school board on Tuesday

    After hearing a presentation on the district’s curriculum mapping progress from second-grade teacher Kim Well, the Vandalia Board of Education handled a variety of year-end matters at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

  • Lady Vandals end season with regional loss

    The Lady Vandals softball season ended on a low note as they fell to Carlyle 12-2 Monday afternoon in the first round of the regionals.

    Carlyle was in control from the first pitch. Its defense and pitching kept Vandalia off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.

  • Thank a veteran on Memorial Day

    Two weeks ago, we ran a feature story in The Leader-Union about two local men who traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a program called Honor Flight.

    In that program, veterans – particularly those who served in World War II – are treated to a free one-day trip to see our nation’s capital and the war memorials there. Organizers want it to be a way to say thanks to those men for the sacrifices they made for their country.

  • Mary Burtschi was 'historical treasure'

    I was working on an article about some of Fayette County’s settlements and villages when my sister Jane telephoned to tell me that Mary Burtschi had passed away.

    It was then that I decided my column this week would be about my friend and mentor, Mary Pauline Burtschi.

    I first met Mary on July 5, 1981, at “The Little Brick House” on St. Clair Street in Vandalia.