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Today's News

  • Senate OKs historic sites funding, BUT...

    Meeting in special session on Tuesday, the Illinois Senate approved legislation designed to reverse the proposed closure of state historic sites, including the Vandalia Statehouse, and state parks.

    But whether that action, OK'd on a 55-40 vote, will actually do that remains to be seen.

  • Corn Day offers many activities

    As area farmers prepare for harvest, our community is preparing for this Saturday’s annual Corn Day celebration.

    Sponsored by Vandalia Main Street, the event features a variety of activities – some to celebrate the prominent role that corn plays in our area’s economy and some just for fun.

    The activities get under way at 7 a.m. with a community-wide yard sale promotion. (See the ad elsewhere in this issue of The Leader-Union for the addresses of more than 50 yard sales included in the event. Many also have ads in the classified section of today's paper.)

  • Main Street looking for hay bales, corn stalks

    The Vandalia Main Street is looking for hay bales and corn stalks for next week's Corn Day celebration.

    Anyone who is willing to donate or sell hay bales and corn stalks at a reasonable price should contact the Main Street office, 283-8751. Main Street needs about 90 hay bales.

  • Kids' Safe-T Expo is Saturday

    The seventh annual Kids' Safe-T Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    The event will include children's car safety seat checks from 10 a.m.-noon, jumping houses, food, a children's photo ID stand, a duck pond and displays featuring an ambulance, helicopter and fire truck (with Pluggie).

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The event is sponsored by the Fayette County Interagency Council and Safe Kids Coalition.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 18

    eoe" The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Farm Bureau office on Sunset Drive, with local farmers, bank personnel and representatives of local agri-businesses canvassing the county. The results of the survey will be presented at the Farm Bureau's Market Outlook, a steak cookout at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. Tickets for the meal are $5 each and available at the Farm Bureau office. The guest speaker will be Adam Nielson, the Illinois Farm Bureau's director of issue management.

  • Warriors get key EIC win

    It is generally believed that the Brownstown baseball team is capable of beating anybody when ace Jared Winters is on the mound.

    That said, Patoka has to believe the Egyptian-Illini Conference title is their's for the taking following Monday's big 4-2 conference win over Winters and the Bombers at home.

  • Double miracle: Dokey, Earnest take doubles title

    VCHS seniors Victoria Dokey and Jessica Earnest started believing in miracles after pulling off an 8-4 upset of the host program's No. 1 team Saturday at the Highland Doubles Tournament.

    But they still can't believe how many more miracles they would go on to experience in a stunning championship run.

    "I'm still in shock that we won," said Earnest when asked to recount the details of she and Dokey's subsequent wins over Greenville and Centralia.

  • Doerhing suffers season-ending injury

    For Brock Doehring, the 2008 football season ended far too early.

    The Illinois College sophomore tight end, a Vandalia grad, tore ligaments in his elbow in IC's opener, a 38-20 loss to Millikin University. The grade-three tear effectively ended Doehring's season. The injury should allow him to redshirt and gain another year of eligibility, if cleared by the NCAA. The injury will require surgery.

    "I knew that something was wrong immediately," said Doehring of the injury. "My arm got caught in the turf, and it was hit by a player from Millikin.

  • Bombers and Eagles 'Volley for a Cure'

    The final score wasn't irrelevant.

    It never is when St. Elmo and Brownstown hook up - especially when you consider the Lady Eagles' 25-12, 25-16 win over the Bombers gave head coach Elise Asher 250 career wins at the school.

    But the figures carrying the most importance following St. Elmo and Brownstown's second annual Volley For a Cure breast cancer awareness match had dollar signs in front of them.

    The event drew nearly $600 worth of donations from the respective communities, and the big crowd present Tuesday at SEHS paid a total of $464 to watch the two teams play.

  • Vandals move to 3-0

    As Drew Bell settled under center Friday for the Vandalia football team's first series against East Alton-Wood River, the Vandals quarterback was faced with a defense that had a different look than what coach John Stout expected.

    "They came out in a 52 defense, with a rover back who would follow our motion," Stout said.

    As a result, the Vandals went three-and-out, forcing Bell to punt for the first time this season.

    But that was pretty much the end of the Oilers' defensive success, as the Vandals improved to 3-0 with a 37-0 Homecoming win.