Today's News

  • Swofford wins title on SIGA golf tour

    Blake Swofford won the Southern Illinois Golf Association’s points championship and the tour’s Player’s Championship this summer.

    The Vandalia High School junior easily won the points title, finishing with 177 points in the 16-18-year-old boys division. The second-place finisher had just 79.5.

    At the SIGA Vogler Ford-Mazda Player’s Championship, Swofford had his best performance of the summer, winning by three strokes and shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Rend Lake.

    That win was Swofford’s seventh in 13 summer tournaments.

  • Atwood named MVP, Buckstop champs of slo-pitch league

    Pitcher Justin Atwood was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia’s men’s slo-pitch softball league after he helped Buckstop Archery to a 23-1 record and the league title.

    Six other Buckstop players were also awarded.

    The league wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday, and began a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday.

    The finishing order of that tourney will determine the seeding of the end-of-season double elimination tournament that begins next Tuesday.

  • The fall season is coming

    The busy fall sports season is nearly upon the seven area high schools, and practice for many teams opened last week.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug. 18)

    Aug. 15
    St. Elmo 23, Altamont Lutheran 6

    SEJH: 9-1-13—23-17-2
    ALJH: 0-6-0—6-2-1
    WP: Elizabeth Biggs (2-1)
    Offense: Sarah Maxey, 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Biggs, 2-for-3, 4 RBI; Morgan Brown, 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Emily Bone, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Kyrstyn Fitch, 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Tessa Philpot, 2 runs; Fatima Viramontes, 2 runs; Makenzie Parkison, 1 run; Jenna Long, 1 run; Laura Gurtner, 1 run.
    Record: 3-3 (1-1 NTC)

  • YMCA flag football, soccer starts soon

    Registration for YMCA flag football and soccer is open.

    The YMCA is also registering for a volleyball clinic.

    YMCA flag football is for children in second-fourth grades, and games are played at Miller Field.

    The soccer league is open to children age 4-first grade, and children in grades 2-5. All games are played at Miller Field.

    The volleyball clinic is for children in grades 3-8.

    Registration forms are available at: http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?category_name=membership-registration-forms.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 12

    Modifieds - 20 cars
    Heat 1    
    1.    24H    Mike Harrison
    2.    41M    Brent Mullins
    3.    28         Michael Bolyard
    4.    11    Ed Rolley
    Heat 2    
    1.    K9    Will Krupp
    2.    Bud1     Larry Anderson
    3.    G1    Gabe Menser

  • Historical Vandalia carnival now in town

    Historical Vandalia Inc. is now sponsoring a carnival in the open field next to Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

    The carnival runs from today (Tuesday) through Saturday. It opens at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Thursday night is Armband Night from 6-10 p.m.; Unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased for $16.

    All proceeds from the carnival go to Historic Vandalia.

  • Vandalia native killed in line of police duty

    A Vandalia native serving as a police officer in Caruthersville, Mo., was killed in the line of due early this morning.

    According to news reports from the St. Louis area, Evan Burns, 28, was among the police officers pursuing an individual in a stolen vehicle who was wanted for first-degree assault and auto theft.

    The chase started when the vehicle was located on Interstate 55, and as the driver of the reportedly stolen Escalade went onto state Highway 84, Burns and another Caruthersville stopped their squad cars to set up spike strips.

  • Jury selected, Baker trial to begin on Tuesday afternoon

    A jury trial has been selected for Clifford Baker's murder trial, and the trial is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday afternoon.

    Potential jurors were interviewed on Monday by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and the team of three defense attorneys led by Taylorville attorney Monroe McWard.

    Four jurors had been selected by 1 p.m., and after more potential jurors were interviewed until shortly after 3:30 p.m., Judge Michael McHaney announced that the remaining eight jurors, as well as two alternate jurors, had been selected.

  • Field of Dreams and Park District reach agreement

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday received permission from the Park District to tear down the backstop at the high school softball field.

    In addition, the Park District gave the committee $3,000 to put toward the renovation project.

    Other maintanence agreements and communication details were also ironed out between the organizations.

    Much more on this story will appear in the Aug. 18 edition of The Leader-Union.