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Today's News

  • Two-time cancer survivor cites benefits of Relay for Life

    Vera Durbin is a two-time survivor of cancerand looking and feeling great! However, she realizes the battle against cancer and the quest for the prevention of and cure for the dreaded disease must go on.

    Therefore, she is a worthy advocate for the Fayette County Relay for Life, which will take place June 7-8 on the Vandalia Community High School track.

    The National Relay for Life began approximately 20 years ago in Tacoma, Wash., and this is the 11th year for Relay for Life in Fayette County.

    Durbin remembers being diagnosed with uterine cancer.

  • District to create master plan for athletic facilities

    A meeting between Vandalia school officials and representatives of several community organizations was held last Thursday to launch the process of creating a master plan for sports facilities in the community.

    Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told a group of about 28 individuals that the process started with discussions several years ago about an all-weather track, but has subsequently spread to include other facilities near the school complex some owned by the school district and some by the Vandalia Park District.

  • Governor finally releases state funds for school districts

    Local school officials received word late last week that state school aid payments for the final month of the fiscal year will be made.

    The decision by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to release about $390 million in General State Aid payments to the states school districts comes after he came under increasing pressure from education officials and the media.

    For the past several weeks, Blagojevich had indicated that he would address the state budget deficit by withholding the last two semi-monthly payments of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo hold Memorial Day Programs

    The American Legion Posts in Vandalia and St. Elmo held Memorial Day programs over the weekend.

    In St. Elmo, the program included the dedication of the community's new Veterans' Memorial. The memorial, which is located just west of the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40, includes the names of 466 local residents who have served this country since the War of 1812.

    The speakers at the St. Elmo program included Judge S. Gene Schwarm, state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) and National Road Association Executive Director John Goldsmith.

  • Mary Peyton Meyer dies Thursday

    Mary Peyton Meyer, a retired teacher for more than four decades and The Leader-Union's Frogtown correspondent for more than 85 years, died on Thursday morning. She was 102.

    Complete obituary information appears in the Obituaries section of our Web site.

  • Three Memorial Day programs scheduled

    Three Fayette County communities will hold programs this weekend to honor the men and women who have died in military service to this country, and one will dedicate a new veterans memorial as part of its program.

    VANDALIA

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Memorial Day program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Legion Home.

    Braxton Denton will serve as the keynote speaker, and other speakers will include Vandalia Chief of Police Larry Eason and Vandalia student Britney Bennett.

  • 4x400=State Championship for Lady Vandal relay team

    Four x 400.

    Prior to last weekend's IHSA girls state track and field meet, those figures equated to many tremendous accomplishments for Kris Stunkel, Ashley Durbin, Kayla Houston and Paige Dodson during the 2008 season.

    Countless school records, a conference championship and a sectional title - just to name a few.

    But on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston, 4 x 400 equated to something Stunkel, Durbin, Houston and Dodson could have never dreamed coming into the team's first state appearance.

  • Altamont's Braasch no-hits Eagles in regional title game

    The postgame scene was a very emotional one Monday, as St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue said goodbye to a boatload of seniors following a 3-0 loss to the host team in the championship game of the Altamont Class 1A Regional.

    "I just appreciate all the dedication they've shown over the years," said Beccue of his 10 seniors. "Having that many kids from one class at a small school do what they do, I can never tell them how much they mean to me."

    Beccue credited his seniors for raising the status of the program to new heights.

  • Chiles, Hiltoppers end Vandals' season

    Hillsboro's Jordan Chiles has shown the Vandalia baseball team he can hit a baseball just as well as he runs the football, kicks the football and shoots the basketball.

    Turns out, the Vandals' multi-sport nemesis can pitch a little as well.

    Chiles out-dueled Dallas Gray in a battle of aces Friday, leading the host team to a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the Hillsboro Class 2A Regional.

    Chiles had Vandalia frustrated all game long, allowing just one earned run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

    The good news: Chiles has finally graduated.

  • Lady Aces keep the faith, win 2nd regional title in 3 years

    The Mulberry Grove softball team kept the faith when ace Brittany Crandell went down with a torn rotator cuff early this spring.

    And thanks to that perseverance - and a near-flawless effort Saturday in a 6-2 win over Bunker Hill - the Lady Aces are regional champions for the second time in three seasons.

    Granted, prior to the season, the Lady Aces (25-9) fully expected to be in the position they found themselves in when they were presented the championship plaque at the Valmeyer Class 1A Regional.