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Today's News

  • VCHS relay team returns to state finals

    The defending state champion girl’s 4-by-400-meter relay from Vandalia Community High School was runner-up to Eureka in Thursday’s preliminary heat, but still qualified for Saturday’s final on the basis of time.

  • Curriculum program presented to school board on Tuesday

    After hearing a presentation on the district’s curriculum mapping progress from second-grade teacher Kim Well, the Vandalia Board of Education handled a variety of year-end matters at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

  • Lady Vandals end season with regional loss

    The Lady Vandals softball season ended on a low note as they fell to Carlyle 12-2 Monday afternoon in the first round of the regionals.

    Carlyle was in control from the first pitch. Its defense and pitching kept Vandalia off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.

  • Thank a veteran on Memorial Day

    Two weeks ago, we ran a feature story in The Leader-Union about two local men who traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a program called Honor Flight.

    In that program, veterans – particularly those who served in World War II – are treated to a free one-day trip to see our nation’s capital and the war memorials there. Organizers want it to be a way to say thanks to those men for the sacrifices they made for their country.

  • Mary Burtschi was 'historical treasure'

    I was working on an article about some of Fayette County’s settlements and villages when my sister Jane telephoned to tell me that Mary Burtschi had passed away.

    It was then that I decided my column this week would be about my friend and mentor, Mary Pauline Burtschi.

    I first met Mary on July 5, 1981, at “The Little Brick House” on St. Clair Street in Vandalia.

  • City OKs pact for $300-million project

    The Vandalia City Council signed an agreement with a Michigan firm on Monday night that paves the way for that company to develop a $300-million sports and entertainment facility on the city’s west side.

    The next day, Mayor Rick Gottman and other city officials traveled with representatives of Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. to Springfield in an attempt to get the state also involved in the project.

  • Miller stays on track with his model train hobby

    Some years ago, it was the dream of most little boys to have an electric train for Christmas. The name “Lionel” was probably almost synonymous with “Christmas wish” for young boys.

    It was not unusual to see Christmas trees, often decorated with colorful Noma Bubble lights and little electric trains running around their base.

    The electric trains, with maybe a few more feet of track and accessories added, eventually were packed away and stored in the attic as the boys became interested in other toys and pastimes.

    Not so with Mark Miller.

  • Going back for more

    A year ago, the Vandalia girl’s track and field team was returning to Vandalia as state champs in the 4-by-400-meter relay. This weekend they will attempt to repeat as state champions.

    For the second straight year, the girls 4x400 team qualified for state. The squad posted a first-place finish at last weekend’s sectionals, with a time of 4:07.976.

    Although the team is returning to state, the parts won’t be the same as last year. Paige Dodson, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin are all back. Missing is Kristen Stunkel. In her place will be Tori Hagy.

  • Vandals upset Shelbyville in regional play

    In the opening round of the baseball regional on Monday Vandalia pulled off a shocking upset of Shelbyville.

    “I just really proud of the boys the way they came out from the first pitch today and went from the first inning to the seventh inning,” head coach Luke Hohlt said. “That’s how you’ve got to play this game.”

    The Vandals pitching and hitting was both on point in the 16-5 win over the Rams. Freshman pitcher Ian Murrell earned the win.

  • VJHS thinclads heading to state

    Four days after winning their second consecutive conference championship, the Vandalia Junior High School boys track team advanced to state by winning a sectional championship.

    The VJHS squad won the 13-team Springfield sectional on Saturday with 80 points, three more than Chatham.

    Those qualifying for the state tournament included sectional champions Blake Swofford and Ryan Ambuel. Swofford won the long jump title at 18 feet, 11 inches, and Ambuel won the 110-hurdles with a time of 16.4 seconds.