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Today's News

  • Lady Aces get 3rd in own tournament

    MULBERRY GROVE – Playing without its top pitcher, the Mulberry Grove High School softball team went 1-1 to finish third at its own tournament on Saturday.

    Sophomore Becca Oldham was involved in a car accident on Saturday morning and was unable to pitch for the Lady Aces, but Megan Blankenship, a junior, filled in and pitched well, according to coach John Barnes.

    “She got some innings she normally wouldn’t have gotten,” Barnes said. “She showed that she could step up.”

  • Lady Eagles meeting expectations

    The high expectations bestowed on the St. Elmo High School softball team before the season are coming to fruition, as the Lady Eagles are off to a 4-4 start, a good beginning toward their goal of winning 20 games.

    St. Elmo vs. Vandalia
    The Lady Eagles were no-hit by Vandalia on Tuesday during a 6-0 loss.

    Four Lady Eagles reached base in the game, however.

    Senior Brooke Maxey made it the farthest, reaching second on an error in the fourth and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Myers.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured several years ago, is well known in Fayette County for her love of history. She is a mother and a grandmother.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Eagles at .500 after suffering three losses

    The St. Elmo High School baseball is at .500 after losing three games last week.

    The Eagles have a 6-6 record.

    St. Elmo at Cumberland
    St. Elmo lost its third straight game on Tuesday, falling to Cumberland, 14-4.

    Nine different Cumberland players had at least one hit, as the Pirates scored 13 runs in the first three innings.

    St. Elmo scored in the top of the first on a single by Woodsen Savage. Four others would have at least one hit, including two from Blaine Scholes.

  • Above the bar
  • The Way We Were-April 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – After learning its insurance carrier, the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust, had added a new surcharge late in 1995, the Fayette County Board decided to look at other insurance providers.
    Dustin Sefton and Christy Yokley were crowned king and queen at Brownstown High School’s prom.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was getting ready to proceed with the construction of its welcome sign.
    Fayette County Hospital announced that it was adding a home health program.

  • Dr. Billy Smith had the gift of healing

    “I knew it when I was 21,” he said. “Up to that time, I had only treated horses or some suffering animal. One day, I happened to visit a man who as very ill with erysipelas.  His head was twice as large as it should have been, and the doctors told him they couldn’t help. That man received my first treatment.  The next day, he was up and all right.”

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (April 7)

    South Central shuts out Brownstown

    The Cougars scored in every inning to defeat Brownstown, 10-0, last Thursday.

    Junior Colton Wilkins earned the win by pitching four innings, and at the plate, he was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

    Junior Colby Bushue paced the offense with a 3-for-3 effort. He, along with junior Cole Armstrong, also had two RBI.

    For Brownstown, senior Bryce Mason and freshman Jake Behrends both collected one of the team's two hits.

  • New Briefs

    Relay for Life book sale continues

    A book sale to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life is continuing at National Bank, 520 W. Gochenour St., Vandalia.
    The sale will continue until all books are sold.

    VCHS book fair is next week

    Vandalia Community High School is hosting a book fair April 11-18, from 8-4 p.m. daily. Parents may go online to shop and place orders at scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs.
    For more information, contact Fran Rickman at 283-5155 ext 288.

  • Other Fayette County vote totals

    LIBRARY TRUSTEES
    Evans Public
    Library District
    *Melanie Maag Bowles-760
    *F. Gale Meseke-839

    St. Elmo Public
    Library District
    6-Year Term
    *Mary K. Spitler-687
    One seat to be filled by appointment
    4-Year Term
    *Tony Koberlein-642
    *Rodney Crawford-516
    *Don Crawford-550

    REGIONAL BOARD
    OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
    6-Year Term
    *William LaDage-2,134
    4-Year Term
    *Bruce Bannister-1,880
    PARK TRUSTEES