Today's News

  • Day one of Vandalia Holiday Tournament produces several close games and upsets

    A pair of games decided by five points or fewer and two upsets led an exciting first day at the Vandalia Holiday Tourmnament on Wednesday.

    No. 3 Vandalia went 1-1 on the day, beating ninth-seeded St. Anthony, 70-65, before being upset by No. 6 Shelbyville, 55-42 in the final game of the night.

    Shelbyville had earlier lost to No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth, 60-56, but M-F was upset by No. 7 Altamont, 55-44, later in the day.

    That left Maroa-Forsyth, Vandalia and Shelbyville all 1-1 in Pool B. Altamont leads the pool, with a 1-0 record, and St. Anthony is 0-1.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia officials announced that local businesses could apply for loans through the city's Community Development Assistance Program revolving loan fund. Previously, the funds were available only for industrial projects.
    A Mt. Vernon architectural and engineering firm presented Vandalia School District officials with a study on district facilities. That study showed that the district needed more space, and that it would be expensive to address that problem.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys are cousins who were born one day apart.

  • YMCA Basketball Clinic

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently concluded a pair of youth basketball clinics.

    The younger group is pictured in the first photo, and the older group is pictured in the second. The YMCA's youth basketball league begins in January.

  • Lady Vandals Alumni Game

    The Lady Vandals held their alumni game recently.

    In the first photo, current coach Michelle McNary (left) battles Amber Durbin for a rebound. In the second photo, Jessica Pollard drives around Shelby Cearlock.

  • A look back

    The area’s basketball season has already produced several memorable moments, even though most teams have played just 10 games or less.
    The Leader-Union has put together a brief synopsis of the start to each team’s season, featuring all of the top moments from the first month and a half of games.
    The Vandals have enjoyed a good start to the season, going 6-3 through Tuesday, including three South Central Conference wins. All of the team’s starters average at least six points per game.

  • Holiday Tourney runs through Saturday

    The 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened on Wednesday, and the championship games will be held on Saturday.
    The Vandals are ranked No. 3 in the event and will be after their first tourney title since 1981.
    But to get there, Vandalia will be facing some very tough competition along the way.
    The Vandals opened tournament play on Wednesday against St. Anthony, and Shelbyville.
    Results of those games, as well as all games from the tournament, will be available at www.leaderunion.com throughout the week.

  • Early Christmas gift for VVFD

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department received an early Christmas gift earlier this month – a $2,000 donation from TransCanada, a natural gas and oil pipleline company.

    TransCanada employee Galen Frailey of Patoka (second from right) presented the donation, which will be used to purchase equipment. Pictured, from left, are VVFD Second Assistant Chief Steve Stombaugh, VVFD First Assistant Chief Keith Meadows, Frailey and VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Georgia M. Hicks, 30, 815 S. Poplar St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 15 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000.
    • Tilda J. Kahle, 36, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, turned herself in on Dec. 24 for failure to appear in court in Montgomery County court on a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $2,000.
    • A 17-year-old Ramsey resident was arrested on Dec. 23 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • New kidney a Christmas gift for Davison

    A lighted, gaily decorated Christmas tree stands near the front room door of Nancy Davison’s home that she shares with her husband, Ora.