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Today's News

  • Booher one-hits Bombers again, drives in game-winner

    Strange as it sounds, Colton Booher was starting to seriously question his ability to hit a baseball Tuesday night.

    To such a degree, that following the St. Elmo senior's second strikeout against Brownstown ace Jared Winters, Booher stepped outside the dugout, tossed a baseball up in the air, and proceeded to smash a long drive into the woods adjacent to the first base dugout at Deken Park - just to remind himself what it felt like to make contact.

  • Wall vandalism is unacceptable

    As noted in two letters to the editor, printed elsewhere on this page, the Veterans Wall at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia has been the target of vandals recently.

    Though no form of vandalism makes sense, this one is especially disturbing. In a time when patriotism runs high and our society honors the sacrifices of our men and women who have served or are serving in the military, it's baffling that anyone would feel the need to deface a monument such as the wall.

  • Uncle Jake's Model T Ford still kicking

    My dad, Edmund Torbeck, was born and reared one mile south of St. Paul in Wilberton Township.

    The farm on which he was reared was also the birthplace of his mother, Anna Yund, and had been given to her by her parents when she married Henry Torbeck in 1903.

    About a mile south of dads house lived his mothers bachelor brothers, Jacob and Albert Yund. Their unmarried sister, Wilhelmina "Minnie," moved in with them following their mothers death in 1929.

  • New budget includes new pumps at Vandalia Lake

    The city of Vandalias budget for the coming fiscal year is pretty much like the current budget, as far as the total and some of the projects being funded.

    But it does include some new items, including monies for an important infrastructure project.

    The new budget has a bottom-line total of $13.4 million, which City Administrator Jimmy Morani said is unchanged from the current budget.

  • Dedication, ribbon-cutting held for KC Vandalia Campus

    "I am pleased to say that now, Vandalia is truly a college town."

    Speaking at the dedication of the new Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus last Friday, KC President Dr. James Underwood said that the new facility on West Fillmore Street became a reality only because so many people in the community worked toward that goal.

  • Soil and water conservation district, Extension learn that state funds being released

    Under the bright sunshine on a warm spring afternoon, Vandalia sixth-graders ventured out of the classroom to learn about Vandalia Lake, water quality, soils and other conservation issues. A week ago, the agency that organized Vandalia Lake Appreciation Day were thinking that Mondays event would be the last of its type.

  • Brown, Bowling crowned at VCHS prom

    Brittany Brown and Adam Bowling were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom on Saturday evening.

    For photos from the prom, see this Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Fire destroys empty house

    A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a vacant house.

    Vandalia firefighters were called out at about 2:30 a.m. for a house fire at the west end of Edwards Street.

    For more information, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 12-16

    The city of Vandalia's annual spring Cleanup Week is May 12-16.

    During that week, residents may get rid of larger unwanted items by setting them out with their trash on their regular trash pickup day.

    The following items WILL NOT be picked up:

    Paint in a wet stage.

    Car batteries.

    Brush and other landscape waste.

    Construction materials.

    Hazardous waste materials.

    Tires.

    For more information, contact Vandalia City Hall, 283-1196.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Friday, May 2

    eoe" An open house at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Center will be held from 1-6 p.m. The center is located at 2310 W. Fillmore St. A dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m.

    eoe" A barbecue in support of Fayette County 4-H will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Eagles parking lot, 118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia. Porkburgers and pork chops will be sold.

    Saturday, May 3