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Today's News

  • Franciscos overcome several obstacles

    Following Matt Philbrick’s inspirational message at the recent Lenten Luncheon at First Christian Church in Vandalia, the pastor of the host church, the Rev. Robert Francisco, further blessed the meeting as he gave a beautiful rendition of “Bethlehem Morning,” sung with such reverence that it could have served as the benediction. He has been pasturing churches since 1992.

    Meet Francsico  and his wife, Euna.

    A Bit of History

  • Wrestlers defeated by injuries and Gibson City at state tourney

    One might say that Vandalia was lucky to get past Roxana in the sectional last Tuesday, but if that’s the case, Gibson City and the rest of the field were lucky that Vandalia wasn’t at full strength going into the dual team state tournament on Saturday. Not to place Vandalia’s 43-26 loss to the Falcons on the shoulders of those who weren’t well enough to wrestle, but the chatter going on in the stands was full of a lot of “what if’s” surrounding Vandalia’s health. What if Trever Pyle, Brendan Cripe and Justin Hill were all heathy?

  • Field of Dreams meeting moved to Tuesday, March 2

    The monthly Field of Dreams meeting has been moved to Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • Question prompts look at county schools

    An internet query from Jane Cox, a Leader-Union reader, is the impetus for this column. Jane wanted to know if a list of county schools was available, along with information about those still standing. 

    The answer is “yes.”

  • Vandals move on to regional championship, will play Pana on Friday

    Vandalia used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Hillsboro, 55-51, on Wednesday night. The Vandals hit 13 of 17 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and Marty Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to fuel the late rally.

    Vandalia will play Pana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It has split meetings against Pana this season. Last Saturday the Vandals fell to Pana 77-67. Earlier in the month Vandalia won at home, 57-39.

  • Chamber meeting is Wednesday

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

     

    The meeting includes a noon luncheon, followed by a business meeting and a program. This month's program is Desiree Bennyhoff, communications director of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, speaking on the Member to Member Privilege Program.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional championship

    Vandalia lost to Pana in the regional championship on Friday night, 48-45. Marty Johnson had 22 points for the Vandals.

    Leading by four with 3:17 remaining, Vandalia missed key free throws down the stretch and were outscored 7-0 to fall to the Panthers.

    Vandalia ends the season 17-13 overall and is the South Central Conference champion with a record of 11-2.

  • Fire destroys four businesses

    Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed four buildings in downtown Vandalia.

    Cages, Donaldson Carpet, Gathe’s Tax and Accounting Service, and Dennis Gerkin’s State Farm Insurance Agency were destroyed in that blaze, which kept Vandalia firemen busy through much of the day.

    Two investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal visited the scene on Tuesday, and a determination on the cause had not been made by press time on Wednesday.

  • How to reach Donaldson's Carpet, Gathe's Tax & Accounting, Gerkin's State Farm & Vandalia GMAC Real Estate

    Donaldson's Carpet

    283-3478

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    Gathe's Tax & Accounting

    283-0401

    292-5329, 292-7067

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    Gerkin's State Farm

    283-1625

    267-1626

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    Vandalia GMAC Real Estate

    283-4436

     

  • Pyle takes third at state

    Late Saturday afternoon, as wrestling fans returned to Assembly Hall following an intermission before the third-place matches in the individual state tournament, Vandalia had just one wrestler left, out of the five who had made the trip to Champaign to compete.

    The other four wrestlers had lost out earlier in the day or during the Friday sessions. Sophomore Trever Pyle was the last man standing.