Today's News

  • Dugan ends career with tight match

    EFFINGHAM – Micah Dugan was a volleyball player for Vandalia before switching to tennis her junior year.
    Dugan made an immediate impact last season and was counted on to be one of two senior leaders this year.

    Playing as a dependable No. 4 singles player and teaming with Cassie Goodin as the No. 2 doubles team, Dugan found varsity playing time this year that may have been sparse had she stuck with the volleyball team, which has a large senior class this year.

  • Osborne concert is this Sunday

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge this Sunday.

     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano. Also performing will be Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.

    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Community Calendar-Oct. 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    Friday, October 22
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, October 23

  • Vandals must win to make playoffs

    The Vandalia High School football team will look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Greenville this Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

    After losing its last two games, Vandalia’s only hope to continue its season is by winning its regular-season finale against the 7-1 Comets.

    Vandals coach John Stout, who has led the team to a 4-4 record this season, said that just because Greenville looks superior on paper does not mean his team should be counted out.

  • Adopted teen reunites with his birth mother

    Twenty-five years ago, a 15-year-old girl stood at a hospital nursery window and told her baby son goodbye, with hopes and dreams for his future that she would be unable to give him, and believing that their separation on this earth would be forever.
    “The first time I saw you through a window, I said goodbye, and hoped you would understand, and hoped my dreams for your future would come true.”

  • Herker finishes 26th at state golf tournament

    Battling winds gusting up to 40 mph, Vandalia junior Derrick Herker finished in a tie for 26th at the Illinois State Golf Tournament last weekend, shooting a two-day total of 157 in Bloomington.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said first-year coach Brandon Taylor. “Hopefully, it shows him he can hang with the big dogs in the state tournament, and next year, he can go back and improve on his finish.”

  • This week's issue of The Leader-Union going to all households

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    It’s all part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers. To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Vandalia fights to finish in loss to Pana

    PANA – With about a minute left in Friday’s night game against Pana, senior Matt Hoffman stormed through the Panthers’ offensive line and wrapped up quarterback Max Mosely for a sack.

    The play had no effect on the outcome of a 41-0 Pana victory, but it was one of three high-energy plays from the Vandals in the second half that showed the perseverance of a team which must win its final game on Friday against Greenville (7-1) to become playoff eligible.

  • Local church to get old Rural King home

    City officials will consider a wording change in its zoning ordinance that will allow Rural King to give its former Vandalia home to a local church.
    Code Official Keith Meadows told the Vandalia alderman on Monday that Rodney Caswell, pastor of First Assembly of God, had notified him that Rural King will be donating its former home to his congregation.
    But for the donation to be legal, Meadows said, the city will have to change its zoning ordinance to allow for places of worship in an area zoned general commercial.

  • Mayor, council working for free right now

    Vandalia’s aldermen will be working without pay for the next three months, and its mayor will be working free of charge for at least a month.
    At the close of the city council meeting on Monday, after a closed session of about 20 minutes, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that he was directing City Clerk Peggy Bowen not to cut a paycheck for him for November.
    Then, each of the aldermen announced that they would not be accepting pay for the quarter ending in January.