Today's News

  • This week's local sports schedule (Dec. 16-21)

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Second-round games, 6:15 p.m.
    Patoka at Wayne City Holiday Tourney
    Vandalia at Pana, 6 p.m.
    South Central at Noble, 6:15 p.m.
    Vandalia vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Brownstown vs. Patoka, 6:15 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. Altamont, 6:15 p.m.
    Ramsey vs. Pocahontas, 6:15 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 17
    Vandalia at Litchfield, 6 p.m.

  • Power outage highlights first day of St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

    ST. ELMO – A power outage halted play with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter of the second game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament between Brownstown and South Central.

    At approximately 8:41 Tuesday night, the city of St. Elmo lost power because of an accident involving a power pole near Altamont. At about 9:05, St. Elmo athletic director Ryan Beccue announced that the game was postponed.

  • Seeds and schedule filled for 39th Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    Seeds were selected last Wednesday and the schedule was announced last Friday for the 39th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    At a meeting of participating coaches at the Vandalia Country Club, the tournament was seeded as follows:

    Pool A:
    No. 1 Flora
    No. 4 Vandalia
    No. 5 Altamont
    No. 8 Greenville
    No. 10 South Central
    Pool B:
    No. 2 Wesclin
    No. 3 Pana
    No. 6 Stew-Stras
    No. 7 St. Elmo
    No. 9 Shelbyville

  • Vandal wrestlers go 2-1 at Vandal Quad

    Senior John Vosholler made the smartest decision among the Vandals during a quadrangular meet on Saturday.

    With the Vandals trailing 24-0 against state-ranked Leroy, Vosholler found himself hooked into John Morrell’s cradle lock in the third round of their match, which Vosholler was losing, 2-0.

    He did not panic, however, instead maneuvering himself into a defensive pin position, forcing Morrell’s shoulders to the mat to win the match with 1:08 left on the clock, boosting the team’s morale.

  • 'Hustle plays' key to road win at Greenville

    GREENVILLE – Two second-half plays defined Vandalia’s 52-39 win against Greenville last Friday.

    Junior Bryan Hosick lost control of his dribble late in the third quarter with the Vandals leading 30-23.

    But instead of giving up on the loose ball, Hosick dove to the floor, briefly gained control the ball and flipped it to senior Marty Johnson, who promptly made a bucket to put Vandalia ahead by nine.

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Rigdon and Bryce Mason

    BROWNSTOWN –– Senior Zach Rigdon did not think long before pronouncing himself a better basketball player than teammate Bryce Mason.

    “Most definitely me,” he said.

    Mason, also a senior, insists on the opposite.

    “I can take him,” he said. “No doubt.”

    A neutral party, coach Vince Rohr, left the debate open.

  • Sports scheduling changes

    1. The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will not play Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 21 as a makeup for Monday's game that was canceled. A new makeup date is to be announced. On Saturday, the girls will play Altamont at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m., as originally scheduled. The girls were scheduled to play at Pana, starting at 5 p.m. Friday night, but that has been canceled. A makeup date is to be announced.

    2. The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Litchfield.

  • The Way We Were-dec. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The attorney for Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, was asking the court for the permission to obtain fingerprints for two local men who he believed committed the murder.
    Vandalia’s wrestlers took first place at the Mascoutah Invitational. Mike Mabry, Nathan Graumenz and David Graumenz won their weight classes.
    Fayette County Caring & Sharing distributed Christmas baskets to 523 people in the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured as a Christmas gift 24 years ago, went to school in Vandalia. He is now married and lives in Brownstown. He loves to hunt and fish.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: i veern idd tagnyhin horwt gindo yb tidnecac, ron idd nya fo ym stinovnine moec yb nidtacec; hyte meca yb rowk.

  • Field key in construction of Statehouse

    This past Saturday evening, the Old State Capitol historic site was ablaze with candles and decorated with greenery in celebration of the annual holiday open house.
    It is one of three main annual events in which the stately building is featured, the other two being Abraham Lincoln’s birthday celebration and the Grande Leveé. The annual open house brings history to life.