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Today's News

  • Freight go 1-3 at Major Nationals

    It was, quite literally, an all-American effort by the Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fastpitch softball team last week at the ASA Men's Major National Tournament.

    Ironically, the Freight was the only team at the "national" tournament with a roster featuring all United States players.

    "All of the other teams had at least one foreign player, and most had many," Freight manager Rich Well said.

  • Red-hot Gray takes Walt Leidner Memorial title

    Dallas Gray has spent the summer giving every indication he's about to embark on a highly successful career at Blackburn College.

    But on the weekend of July 26, the recent VCHS grad kicked things up a notch, giving every indication he could wind up being one of Blackburn's very best.

    Not only did Gray, 18, become the youngest golfer on record to win the Walt Leidner Open - doing so by shooting at blistering eight-under-par 132 at Vandalia Country Club - he beat recent Blackburn grad and Beavers standout Andy Odle by two strokes to take the title.

  • VYO football program enjoying record numbers

    Back when Smoky Newsom was a student at VCHS in the mid 1980s, the state of Vandalia football was bleak, to say the least.

    Not only was there no youth program to speak of, there was talk of doing away with the high school program.

    My, how things have changed.

    Thoughts of folding the high school program now would seem ludicrous, as the Vandals will be looking to make their third straight playoff appearance this coming season.

  • Storyboards to tell our history

    Vandalia residents already know that Abraham Lincoln began his political career in our community and that it was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Lincoln became legally entitled to practice law.

    But there is a great deal of other information about Lincolns time in Vandalia that is not common knowledge. That will change this fall.

    At a meeting of Vandalias Looking for Lincoln Committee last Thursday, Dale Timmermann unveiled the 10 wayside exhibits that will tell our communitys Lincoln stories.

  • Col. Greathouse was courageous warrior

    As you may know, the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society publishes a quarterly magazine under the title of "Fayette Facts." This 60-page book is chock-full of research help on Fayette County families through church and courthouse records and family histories.

    What you might not know is that the society exchanges publications with nearly 40 other genealogical societies around Illinois and beyond. One of these is the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, which publishes "The Saga of Southern Illinois," covering 28 counties in the southernmost part of Illinois.

  • Governor's cuts for historic sites baffling

    What better time than the celebration of Abraham Lincolns 200th birthday for Vandalia and all other state historic sites to present the communitys ties to the most popular man in history. Unfortunately, it looks like we are going to be greatly hampered in our efforts to do that.

    In what is just the latest of bizarre twists of the Blagojevich administration, Governor Rod has cut $1.4 billion with a B out of the budget for state historic sites.

  • 10 Wayside Exhibits Tell How Lincoln's Start in Politics was Right Here in Vandalia

    The committee charged with researching and telling stories about Abraham Lincolns time in Vandalia is planning to celebrate its biggest accomplishment to date the installation of plaques that present those stories to both local residents and tourists.

    At the same time, the committee is discussing how to fight state cuts at the Vandalia Statehouse and other Lincoln sites as Illinois prepares to join in on the celebration of Lincolns 200th birthday.

  • Ruot named temporary circuit clerk

    As expected, Fayette Countys resident circuit judge took action on Thursday afternoon that put Mary Sue Rout into the circuit clerks seat on a temporary basis.

    Judge S. Gene Schwarm signed an administrative order to fill the vacancy that was created by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka at the end of the day on Thursday.

  • Goggin tries to get back on ballot as a Republican

    A Greenville attorney is making his third bid to be on the Fayette County ballot as a states attorney candidate this November.

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee filed last Friday a resolution in which it lists Dan Goggin as the partys candidate for states attorney.

    Were going to try it again, Randy Pollard, committee chairman, told The Leader-Union on Friday. I checked with the Illinois Board of Elections, and they said that I had the right to nominate someone. So, we had a meeting today (of the Republican Central Committee), and we re-filed today (Friday).

  • Bluff City takes the brunt of Tuesday storm

    Jena Paulding and her son, Kevin, begin the arduous task of cleanup after their home sustained significant damage from Tuesday's storm. Jena Paulding said that right before the storm hit, her son took a look outside. "He said, 'It's looking funny outside,'" she said. "Then we heard a loud boom, and we ran to the basement." The Pauldings' garage also sustained damage. "I don't even know where to start," Jena Paulding said.