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Today's News

  • Vandals pick up big win over Pana

    The Vandalia boys basketball team picked up a big win on Tuesday night over conference foe Pana, 57-39.

    The Vandals (12-9, 8-0 SCC) went on a 20-0 run at the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to pull away from the Panthers and move to 8-0 in the conference.

    "Obviously, that's huge," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said. "We settled in and played really good offense and I thought we guarded really well...and that's a big part of what we want to do."

  • Lady Vandals rain threes in 51-41 victory

    The Vandalia girls basketball team seems to be peaking at the right time, or coach Michelle McNary and the Lady Vandals would like to think so, as Vandalia won its second-straight contest and fourth of its last seven games on Monday night. The Lady Vandals hit seven three-pointers in their 51-41 victory over East Alton-Wood River.

    "I saw a lot of good things tonight," McNary said. "I like to think we're peaking, but there's obviously a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season."

  • Wrestlers take third at Litchfield Invitational

    Heading into the individual regional this weekend, the Vandalia wrestling squad is on a nice clip after picking up a third-place finish at the Litchfield Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

    "I though we wrestled pretty well all weekend," Vandalia coach Jason Clay said. "We had some matches that we could have won, but we had some matches that I didn't know how we'd do in. So it was a good tournament all the way around."

    Vandalia had eight wrestlers finish in the top five of their weight class, with two of them taking home first-place honors.

  • Field of Dreams leaders to address chamber

    Two men who are involved in the Vandalia Field of Dreams project will present the program at this Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Luke Hohlt and Brian Buscher are among the local people involved in the project to improve the baseball fields in Vandalia.

    Also on Wednesday, new chamber President Shaun Murray will conduct his first meeting as president of the organization.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

     

  • LaDage, Bell receive Abe Awards

    A long-time educator and the publisher of The Leader-Union were honored on Thursday night for their service to the community.

    Sharon LaDage and Dave Bell each received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's annual banquet on Thursday night at the American Legion Home.

    Also at the banquet, the outgoing chamber president, Joanna Helm, handed the gavel to the 2010 president, Shaun Murray.

    For the complete story, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clerk gives undervoting notification

    From the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri D. Braun: The State of Illinois has enacted a law which requires our voting equipment to notify voters if they do not vote for every office on the ballot. This is referred to as an under vote. If you choose not to vote for all offices listed, your ballot will be returned to you by the tabulator, and a message will appear on the tabulator read-out, informing you of which office(s) you under voted.

  • Vandals use third-quarter surge to beat Toppers

    "We have to go play," Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson said to his team at half time.

    The simple and obvious statement  shook Vandalia out of the vegetable torpor that it had fallen into in the first half against Hillsboro on Tuesday night.

    The Vandals went on an 8-2 run to start the third quarter and take control of what was a four-point game at the half, in recording a 54-42 win.

  • Lady Vandals drop back-to-back games

    After winning back-to-back games for the first time all season, the Lady Vandals basketball team fell into an all-too-familiar pattern, as they lost back-to-back games in the last week.

    On Monday night, Vandalia faced Litchfield for the second time this season, and the results of the rematch weren't much better than the 73-44 drumming that the Lady Vandals got back in December.

    Vandalia was outscored 37-9 in the second and third quarters to fall out of contention and lost 60-29.

  • Agreement halts prison layoffs

    A mediated agreement reached this week prevents the layoff of state prison workers for at least 17 months.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman received on Tuesday a copy of the mediated agreement approved by the union that represents the majority of state prison workers and the state.

    The mediated agreement is a resolution to the lawsuit filed by the employees’ union, Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in Johnson County in August of last year.

  • Andy Canning among those helping earthquake victims

    When Vandalia native Andy Canning enlisted in the Navy, he hoped to see the world.

    What he didn’t count on was being deployed to help provide aid to the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit the area on Jan. 12.

    But that’s exactly where he’s found himself.