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Today's News

  • City tax hike hearing is Monday at 5 p.m.

    Vandalia officials will explain at a meeting next Monday evening their plan to increase three of the city’s tax rates.
    The Vandalia City Council will hold, as required by state law, a Truth in Taxation hearing because the total on the city’s proposed property tax levy is more than 5 percent higher than the last property tax extension.

  • Classic Bass Fishing Tournament (Oct. 23-24)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Classic Bass Fishing Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Oct. 23 and 24. The winners were: Mike Grejtak, first place, with 16.62 pounds; Travis Gould, second place, with 13.17 pounds; and Lonnie Gerdes, third place, with 13.11 pounds. The first-day big bass winner was Owens Karnes Jr. with a 3.90-pound catch, and the second-day winner was Ronnie Higgs with a 6.39-pound catch. Fifteen boats entered the tournament, which lasted for eight hours each day. The club will begin its 2011 tournament schedule on April 9.

  • Meeting on Route 51 path is Tuesday

    Local residents will be able next Tuesday evening to view the latest proposals for the four-lane path of U.S. Route 51 through the Vandalia area, and to offer their comments on those proposals.
    A public information meeting on the potential Route 51 alignments at Vandalia will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Nov. 17-23)

    Thursday Nov. 18
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Brownstown at Shelbyville, 6:15 p.m.
    South Central at North Clay, 6:15 p.m.
    JR. HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia at Pana St. Pat's, 6:15 p.m.
    JH BOYS BASKETBALL
    Mulberry Grove vs. Pocahontas, 6:15 p.m.
    Ramsey vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    St. Elmo vs. Cowden-Herrick, 6:15 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Vandalia vs. Roxana, 6 p.m.
    NTC Girls Tourney
    JR. HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL

  • School district responds to death of VCHS student

    Officials and teachers at Vandalia Community High School on Wednesday were helping students cope with the death of a sophomore student Tuesday evening.
    The 15-year-old femalewas found dead in her home.
    Information on the death was not available from Coroner Bruce Bowen at press time on Wednesday. That information will be posted on www.leaderunion.com when it becomes available.
    “We have several members of our crisis intervention team available to help students,” Superintendent Rich Well said Wednesday morning.

  • Mulberry Grove, Ramsey hosting Turkey Tournaments

    Mulberry Grove and Ramsey High Schools will be hosting boys basketball Turkey Tourneys next week.

    Brownstown, Mt. Olive, Odin and Sandoval will join Mulberry Grove, and Centralia Lutheran and Patoka will join Ramsey's varsity and junior varsity squads in the tourneys.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 18, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Is it any wonder that Greenville College had winning basketball teams back in the early 1950s? Four of the five starters were graduates of Vandalia Community High School, and all have been inducted into the VCHS Hall of Fame. Two of them presently live in Vandalia, one lives in Carbondale and one lives in Arkansas.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • South Central girls fall to Cowden/Beecher City

    A short-handed South Central High School girls basketball team was defeated by Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, 88-27.

    CHBC returned most of the team that finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season and faced a Cougars squad that had only six healthy players.

    "The girls played hard and never quit," said coach Gary Kapper. "They played with a lot of heart.

    "We have some things to work on, but if they come out and play hard like this every night, we will be competitive."

  • Guest Opinion

    By Josh Sharp

  • Vandals start season at St. Anthony Tournament

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season on Tuesday when it plays Charleston in the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 17-12 record, earning the South Central Conference championship and advancing to the finals of the regional tournament.

    In last season's opener, Vandalia fell to Effingham, 60-35 in St. Anthony's tournament. Johnson – who averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year – scored nine of Vandalia's points that game.