Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Feb. 22
    • Ash Wednesday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Thursday, Feb. 23
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p. m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 24
    • The Prairieland Pickers, 1:15 p.m., at Brookstone Estates, 1920 Brookstone Lane, Mattoon and 2:30 p.m., at Brookstone Estates South, 2008 W. Ninth St., Mattoon.
    Saturday, Feb. 25

  • Two killed in wreck early Sunday

    Both drivers sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Robert Norris, 74, of Vernon, was traveling south on Route 51 when a northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval crossed the center line, hitting the truck driven by Norris head-on.

    The vehicle driven by Jezek, who was identified on Monday afternoon, burst into flames.

    Norris and Jezek were pronounced dead at the scene by Bowen at 4:06 a.m.

  • Ulmer places fifth at state

    CHAMPAIGN – Senior Levi Ulmer led a group of five wrestlers at the individual state wrestling tournament, placing fifth.

    Ulmer, who narrowly lost in the championship semifinals, ended up dropping to the fifth-place match, which on Saturday he won, 11-4, against Garrett Kestner of Camp Point.

    In that match, Ulmer secured his first points since the championship quarterfinals with a quick takedown of Kestner and continued on without much trouble to become the first Vandal to place since 2010, when Trevor Pyle took third.

  • Saturday updates from the IHSA Individual State Tournament

    CHAMPAIGN - It's the final day of the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament, and at the time of this post, just one Vandal is still alive.

    In the 9 a.m. session, senior Daniel Edwards (152) lost a very tough match to Gage Hedges, 1-0, in the wrestle-back quarterfinals. Had Edwards won the match, he would have placed.

    Senior Levi Ulmer (195) will be wrestling in the wrestle-back semifinals. In that match, he will face Kenny Lindsey of St. Joe-Ogden, a rematch of the Robinson sectional final.

  • Ulmer and Edwards still alive in wrestle-backs at state

    Seniors Levi Ulmer and Daniel Edwards will both wrestle on the third day of the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

    Ulmer, who lost to Logan Staver, 3-0, in the championship semifinals, got an automatic spot in the wrestle-back semifinals, meaning he will place.

  • Bruno makes state in 3-point shootout

    Vandalia junior Amber Bruno qualified for the state round of the 3-point shootout last Thursday by making eight shots at the Fairfield Sectional finals.

    Her appearance at state will give the Lady Vandals two in two years, as Haley Wollerman qualified last season.

    The state shootout preliminaries are on Thursday at Redbird Arena in Bloomington.

  • Friday updates of the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

    Throughout the day, this page will provide updates on the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament as they become available.

    On Friday, two Vandalia wrestlers are guaranteed to wrestle, with three others waiting to see if they will become eligible for the wrestle-back bracket.


    9:22 p.m.: Senior Levi Ulmer earlier tonight lost in the semifinals, 3-0. He will wrestle during the wrestle-back semifinals on Saturday. That round begins at 11 a.m.

  • Two senior wrestlers advance at individual state tournament

    CHAMPAIGN – Seniors Daniel Edwards and Levi Ulmer won first-round bouts at the individual state tournament on Thursday.

    With their wins, they are assured at least a spot in the wrestle-back bracket if they are unable to win in Friday’s quarterfinal matches. That round starts at 8:30 a.m. at Assembly Hall.

    Ulmer (32-6) defeated Jeffrey Haley (32-11) of Quincy Notre Dame, 14-8, by taking immediate control and fighting all the way to the finish.

    And as an encore, he threw up a Subway pizza sandwich all over the mat.

  • Thursday updates from the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

    This page will be updated throughout the afternoon with Vandalia's results from the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament, which is being held at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    For instant results, please visit this page and become a Facebook fan.


    4:56 p.m.: A recap of today's action will soon appear on www.leaderunion.com. Updates from tomorrow's action will be provided here and on Facebook.

  • Ulmer takes individual sectional title to lead five Vandals into this weekend's state tournament

    ROBINSON – In a wildly entertaining championship match on Saturday, Vandalia senior Levi Ulmer outlasted one of the best 195-pound wrestlers in Illinois to win an individual sectional championship.

    By winning, Ulmer became the fifth Vandal of the day to qualify for this weekend’s individual state tournament.

    Battling Kenny Lindsey – a senior from St. Joe-Ogden who is ranked No. 1 in the class by www.illinoismatmen.com – Ulmer needed both overtime tiebreaker periods to clinch the victory, taking the bout, 4-3.