Today's News

  • Brownstown places sixth at EIC

    ST. ELMO – Brownstown coach Toby Harms knew he had a challenge on his hands once Patoka was upset and had to settle for playing in the silver flight of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Thursday.

    After his team beat Mulberry Grove (25-14, 17-25, 15-8) and lost to St. Elmo (12-25, 9-25) last Tuesday to advance to the silver flight, Harms immediately knew what his team needed to do to be successful against the No. 2 seed two days later.

  • Eagles crowned EIC volleyball champs

    ST. ELMO – Top-seeded St. Elmo won the Egyptian-Illini Conference championship after defeating third-seeded Cowden-Herrick and fifth-seeded Beecher City in the EIC Tournament finals on Friday.

    Veteran coach Elise Asher had to be pleased with the finish after the Eagles finished a disappointing fifth in the National Trail Conference Tournament on Oct. 16.

    Going into the championship flight, the matchup Asher was most looking forward to was against Beecher City, which is coached by Katy Heckert, who, in high school, played under Asher.

  • Cherished senior class leaves Smith proud after 21 victories

    Six members of  the Vandalia High School volleyball came crashing through a banner reading “Still daddy’s little girls” with glow sticks wrapped around their necks, arms and legs and onto the home court for their final regular-season match last Thursday.

    Emotions ran high throughout the evening for players, parents and fans as the Vandals fought to the wire in a thrilling 25-19, 27-25 loss to Pana.

    Coach Allison Smith had nothing but praise for the girls following the match.

  • Pana spoils Vandals' senior night; Vandalia hosting regional

    Playing for the rights to the South Central Conference championship, Vandalia and Pana battled to the bitter end last Thursday, with Pana notching a 25-19, 27-25 victory to spoil the Vandals’ senior night.

    Caught up in the pregame festivities ­–­ during which the team honored its six senior members – Vandalia was sluggish at the start of the match, quickly falling behind 9-3.

    “I think it was us being nervous coming out with senior night,” said coach Allison Smith. “It’s typical human nature.”

  • Vandals take tough loss against G-Ville

    Going against the No. 1 offense in the South Central Conference last Friday was a tough enough chore for the Vandalia defense.

    Doing it with several injuries and two players – sophomores Ryan Ambuehl and Luke Smith – making their first varsity starts on defense, would seemingly be an impossible mountain to climb.

    But that’s just what Vandalia did on senior night, though a happy ending was not to be after Greenville defeated the Vandals, 35-28, in another hard-fought game.

  • IFOR membership drive prizes awarded

    The Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources recently held a membership drive. Winners were: Roger Withers (pictured), 36-gun safe with mystery gun; Jeff Cearlock, Stoeger model 835; Cindy Smith, Tarus 357 magnum; Bob Trexler, H&R slugger 12-gauge; Dillard Smith, .22 Cricket; Richard Schuesteer, H&R 20-gauge; and Don Klingston, .22 semi-automatic.

  • Vandals fall to Greenville on senior night

    Marty Johnson threw two touchdown passes to senior Daniel Bell, but the Vandals came up just short against Greenville on Friday, falling 35-28.

    The loss eliminated Vandalia from the playoffs and ended the careers of nine players.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Vandalia's celebration of Halloween gets under way this Saturday when Vandalia Main Street holds is Spooktacular Saturday.

    The event includes a storytime at Evans Public Library at 9:45 a.m., a children's costume contest at 10 a.m. at Family Video and trick-or-treating at downtown businesses at 10:30 am.

  • Vandalia firefighter injured at Effingham fire scene

    One of five Vandalia firefighters who provided mutual aid assistance for a fire in Effingham on Wednesday afternoon sustained facial burns.

    According to Vandalia Fire Chief Merle Adermann, Zac Stombaugh was treated in the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and released after sustaining first-degree burns, and possibly some second degree burns.

  • Fall Foliage in Fayette