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Today's News

  • VCHS JV and freshman volleyball teams combine for 30-5-3 record

    The present couldn't be much brighter for the Vandalia varsity volleyball team.

    The Lady Vandals recently set a program-record with their 23rd win - taking their first-ever outright SCC-East title in the process - and they will be favored to win their first regional title since 1985 this week at Olney.

    But despite facing the loss of five senior starters next year, the varsity team's future seems bright as well, as the Vandalia junior varsity and freshman teams recently wrapped up highly-successful seasons, combining for a 30-5-3 record.

  • Local woman qualifies for Boston Marathon

    Imagine for a moment that your Saturday mornings for the past three months consisted of getting up at 5 a.m. to do something most people would find unimaginable at any hour of the day - running 20-plus miles.

    Now imagine that the point of all that hard work - to prepare to run in the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles - was wiped away by a hurricane.

    Yes, a hurricane.

  • Vandals' offense comes alive against Carlinville

    When the postseason - and all the pressure that comes along with it - is just around the corner, even 7-1 teams can use a little boost of confidence.

    And fortunately, the Vandalia football team got a much-needed shot of self-esteem Friday at Mark Greer Field with a 33-18 "Senior Night" win over Carlinville.

    Much like it did last year, the Vandals entered Week 9 in great shape record-wise, but struggling offensively.

    Unlike last year, coach John Stout's team emerged from its offensive funk just in time to enter postseason play with a much better mindset.

  • Vandals to host Flora in first round

    It's difficult not to look ahead when something you really want is just down the road.

    But, by the same token, the Vandalia football team knows its hopes of getting where it wants to go - to Highland for another shot at Greenville in Week 2 of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs - will hinge on its ability to focus on what's directly in front of it Friday night at Mark Greer Field, where the Vandals (8-1) will take on Flora (7-2) at 7 p.m. in the first round.

  • Lady Vandals have historic Senior Night

    Tears were flowing prior to the Vandalia volleyball team's Senior Night match against Pana Thursday, as VCHS seniors Amanda Walton, Shelby Cearlock, Mary Davis, Tori Hagy and Stephanie Henna were recognized in an emotional pre-game ceremony.

    Tears were flowing after the match as well.

    Fortunately they were tears of joy instead of tears of sorrow - thanks to a remarkable turnaround by the Lady Vandals.

  • Candidates' forum is Tuesday; coverage on www.leaderunion.com

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidates' Forum for county officer candidates at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

    Coverage of the forum will appear this week on The Leader-Union Web site, www.leaderunion.com.

  • Bi-Phy-Chem takes donations

    The Bi-Phy-Chem, a club whose members are interested in both the environment and community service, will be accepting donations as it participates in a fundraiser to help hurricane victims in Galveston, Texas.

    Members of the club will be out during trick-or-treat hours in Vandalia, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, accepting donations for Operation H.E.A.R.T. The goal is $600.

    Individuals interested in making donations may contact the Bi-Phy-Chem adviser, Amber Redman, at aredman@fayette.k12.il.us.

    The fundraiser is continuing through Friday, Nov. 7.

  • Auditor says school district doing good job of handling expenses

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday received a positive report from the accounting firm that conducts the district’s financial audit.

    Joe Barth, representing Luallen, Cearlock and Barth Certified Public Accountants, told the board that “the school district is doing a good job in budgeting. Not one account was over in expenses; you have a good handle on your costs.”

  • Help fight crime by calling in tips

    With about 720 square miles to cover, it’s no surprise that Fayette County law enforcement officials have welcomed the idea of resurrecting an organization through which citizens can help solve crimes.

    The launch of CrimeWatchers was announced earlier this month by Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason. His office, in conjunction with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in all county communities, are joining together to operate the program.

  • Company has 1968 aerial photos of area

    Ed Miller of State Aerial Farm Statistics Inc., telephoned the other day to tell me he was in the area. Ed and I have played phone tag during the past year, because he has something that I, as a historian, am interested in.

    Back in 1968, when I was a high school junior, this firm took photographs of Fayette County’s farms and towns. Once this was done, salespeople visited the farms and businesses to see if the owner would like to purchase the image painted on canvas.