Today's News

  • K-Moe's upsets Buckstop, wins slo-pitch tournament

    K-Moe's upset Buckstop Archery, 10-9, last Thursday in the championship semifinals of the Vandalia men's slo-pitch single elimination tournament, and then went on to beat Ugly Koyote, 17-5, to take the title.

    Jeremy Logue in the seventh inning hit a two-run homer to break an 8-8 tie against Buckstop, and K-Moe's would retire the final batter with the winning run on base.

    Against Ugly Koyote, Logue's bases-loaded triple gave K-Moe's a 10-run lead in the sixth inning to end the game.

    Logue was named tournament MVP.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug. 25, 2011

    • Greg M. Liggett, 42, Alma, was arrested on Aug. 23 for failure to appear in Macon County court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joseph A. Barker, 29, 2224 Berg Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on Aug. 22 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jan S. Jameson, 39, Harvey, was arrested on Aug. 22 on charges of driving while license was suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 25, 2011

    Thursday, August 25

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, August 26

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • VYO football holds season-opener

    Vandalia went 2-2 against Carlinville on Saturday.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Aug. 25)

    Aug. 22
    at Pana
    Team scores:
    •Vandalia, 169
    •Pana, 189
    Individual scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 35
    •Derrick Herker, 38
    •Josh Lawson, 43
    •Zach Jackson, 53
    •Jake Bowen, 57
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Individual JV scores:
    •Zack Schaal, 44
    •Bo Baldock, 45
    •Adam Palmer, 50
    •Jake Shulman, 61
    •Bradley Wehrle, 67

  • YMCA to offer exercise programs

    The YMCA will offer several fitness programs in September.

    Every Monday and Wednesday starting Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the YMCA will offer aerobics with Lynn Ferguson.

    Every Tuesday starting Sept. 6, the YMCA will offer two bootcamps:  “Wild Bootcamp” from  5-6 p.m. and “Mild Bootcamp”  from 6-7 p.m, with Haron Denton

    On every Tuesday and Thursday starting Sept. 8, Zumba will be offered from 9-10 a.m. with Alison Durbin.

    Contact the YMCA at 283-1258 with questions or to register.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 19

    UMP DIRTcar Modifieds - 18 cars
    Heat 1    
    1    818       Kelby Simmons
    2    66    Michael Fox
    3    89    Norm Wood
    4    2H    Cody Hood
    Heat 2    
    1    25    Brent Keyes
    2    28       Michael Bolyard

  • 2:46 p.m. Tuesday: Baker guilty of murder, home invasion

    Loogootee teen Clifford Baker has been found guilty of first-degree murder and home invasion.

    The jury received the case at 11:06 a.m., and at 1:45 p.m., trial Judge Michael McHaney read a question from the jury, in which they asked whether they would be allowed to leave the building before the courtroom was emptied.

    The judge replied with a question: "Does this mean you've reached a verdict?" The answer: "Yes."

  • Murder case goes to jury

    The jury in the Clifford Baker murder trial has begun deliberating.

    Jurors were given the case shortly after 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), after hearing closing arguments presented by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and Mark Havera, one of three defense attorneys representing Baker.

    Jurors began deliberations after choosing a foreperson, and they were served lunch at about noon.

    Keep on eye on www.leaderunion.com for news of the verdict.

  • Insanity defense dropped in Baker case

    As previously scheduled, the prosecution and defense attorneys in the Clifford Baker murder trial will deliver closing arguments first thing on Tuesday morning.

    But as the attorneys met with Judge Michael McHaney to prepare jury instructions, Baker's defense team, led by Monroe McWard of Taylorville, announced that it would no longer present arguments for an insanity defense.
     That leaves the defense of involuntary intoxication.