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Today's News

  • Phase two of Field of Dreams improvements under way

    Jeff Stone piles up bricks for the new backstop at the Vandalia High School baseball diamond. The work is being done as part of the Field of Dreams committee's second phase of improvements to ball fields in the city. The committee has three more phases it hopes to complete in the next five years and is always accepting donations, which can be made by dropping off a check payable to Vandalia Field of Dreams at Lincoln Land Credit Union or by sending a check to P.O. Box 242 in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 21, 2010

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Barbara (Austin) Randall, Betty (Francis) Schaub, Shirley (Davis) Jones and Anna Ruth (Radliff) Lilly.
    Identifying them were: Don and Ellen Willms, Howard Koester, Normalee Terry and Elizabeth Kasten.
    This week’s Scrambler:  fi ouy tel rafulie hobret yuo, uyo liwl veren dececsu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. (Henry David Thoreau)

  • NTC and MTC name top baseball players

    National Trail Conference

    Player of the Year
    Derek Thompson, Teutopolis

    First-Team NTC
    Derek Repking, Teutopolis
    Sam Thoele, Dieterich
    Clayton Brandt, Stew-Stras
    Kyle Floyd, Windsor
    Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis
    Dalton McFarland, Neoga
    Patrick Schutzbach, St. Anthony
    Jacob Massengill, Neoga
    Austin Miley, Beecher City
    Kyle Helmuth, Stew-Stras
    Dillon Hardiek, Teutopolis

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 21, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Brent Ellis, 31, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of “Sonny” Banal.
    Bill Donaldson was the keynote speaker for a Veterans Day program at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    John Burnam was re-elected president of the Vandalia Board of Education. John Gehrke took a seat on the board, succeeding Calvin Scott.
    Fayette County began a search for a new animal control warden following the resignation of Max Pummill.

  • Modern medicine helps fight disease

    It has been 12 years now since I was told that I had breast cancer…a fast growing type they said. On a scale of two to nine, I was a seven – not a good number to be.
    Being the first in my immediate family to be diagnosed with cancer, I searched my ancestor charts for kin who may have died as a result of this particular immune system disease. I came up nearly blank. In fact, throughout the lives of my family members, the most common "disease" seemed to have been old age.

  • Vandalia volleyball gets win No. 20

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team notched its 20th win of the season last Thursday, defeating Taylorville, 26-24, 25-11.

    Senior Holly Goldsmith led the charge for Vandalia, scoring 10 kills and blocking eight Taylorville attacks.

    Taylor Parrish also performed well, with seven kills and two service aces.

    Haley Wollerman added 22 assists and three service aces.

    The Vandals will conclude the regular season on Thursday at 6 p.m., when they take on conference-rival Pana.

  • City officials take first step to cut shortfall

    When things get tough, drastic measures often are required to fix them.
    Vandalia city officials now find themselves in such a situation.
    Facing a budget deficit of $600,000, uncertain funding from the state and an unfilled city manager’s position, city officials took some drastic measures of their own at Monday night’s city council meeting.

  • Cougars are MTC volleyball champs

    The South Central High School volleyball team won the Midland Trail Conference championship after defeating Grayville and Clay City last Friday during the MTC Tournament.

    No. 2 seed South Central downed top-seeded Grayville, 25-22, 25-17, and No. 3 seed Clay City, 25-15, 25-10.
    South Central (24-5) also beat Sandoval (25-8, 25-12) and Cisne (25-18, 25-19) during the tournament.

  • Seventh-graders stay perfect

    The key to Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team’s fast 9-0 start is that coach Dana Kirk has a team that learns from every situation.

    “We just learn from every game and keep getting better and better every time we step out on the floor,” Kirk said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but it’s still early in the season.”

    One of the bigger mistakes Kirk has noticed thus far is that her team often plays at a high-tempo, even when it should be playing slower to run down the clock.

  • Patoka upset in pool B of EIC Tournament

    ST. ELMO – The Patoka High School volleyball team was upset by fifth-seeded Beecher City in pool B of the Egyptian Illini Conference Tournament on Monday night in St. Elmo.

    The second-seeded Warriors got off to a fast start, dominating eighth-seeded Odin in straight sets in the opening game of pool play, 25-13, 25-11. But after Beecher City defeated Odin, 25-10, 25-15 in game two, it came into game three against Patoka seeking an upset.

    The Eagles then did what Odin could not by keeping the Warriors entrenched in a battle.