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Today's News

  • Lovett taking another shot at pro ball after setback

    Aaron Lovett thought his lifelong dream was about to come true.

    After dealing with the disappointment of going undrafted following his senior season at the University Kentucky, the former Brownstown pitching standout's baseball future was very much up in the air until he received a call last month from the Toronto Blue Jays.

    "They said, 'Hey, we've got a spot and wondered if you wanted to come down," Lovett said.

  • Several locals on Effingham MMA event fight card

    It's the first of a long line of questions that come to mind.

    Why?

    Why would someone train three hours a day, five days a week, for months - if not years - for something that is going to last nine minutes, tops?

    Why would someone subject themselves to such a strenuous routine in return for zero pay and potential pain and humiliation in front of more than 1,000 people, many of which are close friends and family?

  • 1996-97, '97-98 wrestling teams to enter VCHS Sports Hall of Fame

    Vandalia Community High School is pleased to announce its Sports Hall of Fame inductees for the 2008-09 school year.

    This years inductees are the 1996-97 wrestling team and the 1997-98 wrestling team, each of which placed fourth at state.

    The teams will be inducted in a ceremony at Mark Greer Field prior to the Vandals Sept. 12 homecoming football game against East Alton-Wood River.

  • Neighbors lend a hand in Bluff City cleanup

    The Good Samaritans began appearing shortly after the freight-train noise of last Tuesdays storm headed for the county line. And they didn't leave until the cleanup was complete.

    That very localized, but potent, storm roared through Vandalia, hit Bluff City with a vengeance and moved on to the east. In its wake, it left a path of downed trees and thankfully generally minor damage to houses.

  • Greathouse descendant shares history

    It has been 12 years now since my first contact with John D. Greathouse of Missoula, Mont.

    A nephew of Vandalias Civil War hero, Col. Lucien Greathouse, he had written looking for additional information on the family. Johns father was Isaac Ridgely Greathouse, son of John Stull Greathouse and his second wife, Catherine Waring, and Luciens younger half-brother.

    It is through John that I was able to share with you photographs of John Stull Greathouse and his son, Col. Lucien Greathouse, in full military dress, in last weeks column.

  • Watson gives chamber members a capitol update

    Four years ago, when area residents played a key role in staving off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs attempt to close Vandalia Correctional Center, their efforts were in the forefront as legislators worked to prevent something like this happening in the future.

    Now, legislators are looking at Orgills plan to close its Vandalia facility as they consider ways to make Illinois more competitive in the arena of economic development.

  • County board appoints Ruot circuit clerk

    The Fayette County Board voted 9-4 on Tuesday to appoint Mary Sue Ruot to the circuit clerk position, but not before some discussion about politics being involved in the appointment.

    Doing most of the talking was board Chairman Steve Knebel, who said he was prepared to appoint Ruot to the post, despite opposition from Republicans.

    At issue was whether it was fair to appoint Ruot to the post vacated by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka, because Ruot is a candidate for circuit clerk in the November general election. She is being opposed by Republican Nona Nonie Beckman.

  • Friedel objects to new Goggin petition; electoral board meeting Wednesday

    The Fayette County Electoral Board is being asked for the second time in about four months to determine whether Greenville attorney Dan Goggin can run as a Republican candidate for states attorney in November.

    The board was scheduled to covene on Wednesday, five days after the incumbent states attorney, Democrat Stephen Friedel, filed an objection to nomination documents filed on Aug. 1 by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee on Goggins behalf.

  • Former Fayette County state's attorney dies Sunday

    Rod Irvin, who served as Fayette County's state's attorney from 1992-96, died early Sunday morning at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 43.

    Obituary information for Mr. Irvin appears in the Obituary section of www.leaderunion.com.

  • Friedel files objection to Goggin's petition

    A week after Dan Goggin filed documents trying to get back on the ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney in Fayette County, Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel filed an objection to those documents.

    Friedel filed on Friday an objection to the Greenville attorney's nomination papers, arguing that Goggin could not fill a vacancy on the ballot because there wasn't a legal vacancy to be filled.