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Today's News

  • Bauer Steps Down As Boys Hoops Coach, A.D. At MGHS

     Ryan Bauer tendered his letter of resignation as Mulberry Grove High School boys basketball coach and athletic director Monday night so that he can concentrate on his new duties as MGHS principal.

    "With the time it takes to coach basketball anymore, it's just better for myself, the district and my family as well," said Bauer, an MGHS alum who enjoyed a three-year stint as the head coach at his alma mater.

  • Statehouse reopens, BUT.....

    A little more than a week before Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on federal charges, the doors of the Vandalia Statehouse – and other state historic sites – were closed as a result of Blagojevich’s budget cuts. On Saturday, the Statehouse doors were reopened.

    But just how long that’s the case is still up in the air, considering the budget address by new Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday.

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency held a ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse that morning.

  • City will study Gallatin Street parking limit again

    Vandalia’s mayor has asked a city council committee to again study the two-hour parking restriction on Gallatin Street.

    Rick Gottman turned that matter over to the council’s streets and sewers committee after a downtown developer complained about a parking ticket.

    The discussion on the issue started when Dennis Grubaugh told city officials that he received a ticket for parking on Gallatin Street overnight while staying in an apartment in one of his downtown projects.

  • St. Elmo man gets prison for sex crimes

    A St. Elmo man found guilty of three sex offenses in January has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    At a sentencing hearing in February, Derek M. Klincar was given two six-year sentences and one three-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm for the sex offenses.

    Those three sentences will be served consecutively, and consecutive to a three-year sentence for a 2007 offense.

  • Sunshine Week's message needed

    If ever there was a year to observe Sunshine Week in Illinois, this is it.

    The week, which runs March 15-21, is set aside each year to raise awareness about the importance of openness in government.

  • Vandalia School Board handles a number of personnel issues

    After an executive session lasting more than 90 minutes, the Vandalia Board of Education handled a variety of personnel issues at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    Upon returning to open session, the board approved the resignations of Jeri-Lynn Burnam (Jefferson Primary School teacher), Cathy Houghtaling (Vandalia Elementary School teacher), Mike Butler (Vandalia Community High School girls basketball coach), Meggyn Sytar (Vandalia Junior High School cheerleading coach) and Todd Ehlers (VJHS boys basketball coach).

  • Leader-Union Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Patience Pays Off in Shirley's Final Season

    It wasn't the mere fact that the South Central boys basketball team was losing at the start of the 2008-09 season that seemed cause for concern.

    It was how the Cougars were losing and who they were losing to - and the unfortunate timing of it all - that proved most disturbing for South Central fans.

    It all started with the program's first-ever defeat at the hands of Odin. Then there was a nine-point loss to an extremely young Flora team.

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  • VIDEO-Rick Gottman's Closing Statement at Forum