Today's News

  • Community Calendar-Oct. 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    Friday, October 22
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, October 23

  • Vandals must win to make playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team will look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Greenville this Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

    After losing its last two games, Vandalia’s only hope to continue its season is by winning its regular-season finale against the 7-1 Comets.

    Vandals coach John Stout, who has led the team to a 4-4 record this season, said that just because Greenville looks superior on paper does not mean his team should be counted out.

  • Adopted teen reunites with his birth mother

    Twenty-five years ago, a 15-year-old girl stood at a hospital nursery window and told her baby son goodbye, with hopes and dreams for his future that she would be unable to give him, and believing that their separation on this earth would be forever.
    “The first time I saw you through a window, I said goodbye, and hoped you would understand, and hoped my dreams for your future would come true.”

  • Herker finishes 26th at state golf tournament

    Battling winds gusting up to 40 mph, Vandalia junior Derrick Herker finished in a tie for 26th at the Illinois State Golf Tournament last weekend, shooting a two-day total of 157 in Bloomington.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said first-year coach Brandon Taylor. “Hopefully, it shows him he can hang with the big dogs in the state tournament, and next year, he can go back and improve on his finish.”

  • This week's issue of The Leader-Union going to all households

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    It’s all part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers. To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Vandalia fights to finish in loss to Pana

    PANA – With about a minute left in Friday’s night game against Pana, senior Matt Hoffman stormed through the Panthers’ offensive line and wrapped up quarterback Max Mosely for a sack.

    The play had no effect on the outcome of a 41-0 Pana victory, but it was one of three high-energy plays from the Vandals in the second half that showed the perseverance of a team which must win its final game on Friday against Greenville (7-1) to become playoff eligible.

  • Local church to get old Rural King home

    City officials will consider a wording change in its zoning ordinance that will allow Rural King to give its former Vandalia home to a local church.
    Code Official Keith Meadows told the Vandalia alderman on Monday that Rodney Caswell, pastor of First Assembly of God, had notified him that Rural King will be donating its former home to his congregation.
    But for the donation to be legal, Meadows said, the city will have to change its zoning ordinance to allow for places of worship in an area zoned general commercial.

  • Mayor, council working for free right now

    Vandalia’s aldermen will be working without pay for the next three months, and its mayor will be working free of charge for at least a month.
    At the close of the city council meeting on Monday, after a closed session of about 20 minutes, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that he was directing City Clerk Peggy Bowen not to cut a paycheck for him for November.
    Then, each of the aldermen announced that they would not be accepting pay for the quarter ending in January.

  • Pana shuts down Vandalia, 41-0

    The Vandalia High School football team was shut out by Pana, 41-0, on Friday night.

    The Panthers (7-1) have allowed just 49 points all season and showed their superiority against the Vandals (4-4).

    Now, Vandalia is focusing all of its energy on beating Greenville at home next Friday to send its seniors out with a win and most likely earn a spot in the playoffs.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Church Briefs-Oct. 14, 2010

    Fall festival Oct. 24 at Liberty Christian

    Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will hold its annual fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the church pavilion.

    The event, planned by the youth team, will offer something for the entire family – a bonfire, hayrides, music and a devotion time.

    Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and buns for their family, soda and the ingredients for making s’mores.

    Hot chocolate, coffee and hot cider will be provided.