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Today's News

  • 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

  • UPDATE---State funds for Extension, SWCDs reportedly will be released

    Illinois legislators are being told by their leadership that they can tell University of Illinois Extension and soil & water conservation districts in their districts that state funding for their agencies is going to be released.

    But local representatives for those agencies dont plan to celebrate until the checks are in their hands.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment up in Fayette County

    Fayette County had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    The March 2008 total is significantly higher than the March 2007 figure, 6.2 percent. The March 2008 total, however, is significantly lower than the January 2008 figure, 9.1 percent.

    According to IDES, work force conditions did begin to slowly improve in March. Although weather conditions were not particularly favorable, some construction projects did get under way.

  • Vandals win first meet since 1989

    Synergy reigned supreme for the Vandalia boys track team Monday in a quadrangular meet at Breese Mater Dei.

    Enduring winter's latest attempt to hijack spring and running on a track featuring a cinder/weed mix not conducive to record-breaking performances, VCHS coach Jane Bell asked her team to forget about individual ambitions.

    Instead, she asked almost every Vandal to go outside of their comfort zones and compete in up to four events - many of which they had never been in before.

  • Lady Vandals tie for 3rd at SCC Meet

    An 11-person roster is ideal for basketball. Track and field, though? Not so much.

    But the Lady Vandals' lack of depth didn't keep them from equaling last year's solid third-place finish Tuesday at the South Central Conference Meet at Carlinville.

    Despite competing without defending 100-meter dash champion Emma Krummel, who is out with an Achilles rupture, the short-handed Lady Vandals proved that quality can trump quantity, as their 70 points tied for third with Greenville in a field of 12 teams.

  • Local Scoreboard/schedule

    Saturday, May 3

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 4, Red Bud 2

    Red Bud 6, Vandalia 3

    South Central 11, Carmi-White County 9

    South Central 28, Carmi-White County 12

    Brownstown 7, Ramsey 0

    High School Softball

    South Central at Benton Tournament, SNA

    EIC Tournament

    Championship – Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, SNA

    Third-place Game – Beecher City 11, St. Elmo 8

    Semifinal 2 – Mulberry Grove 14, St. Elmo 6

    Monday, May 5

    High School Baseball

  • Bombers' pitching outstanding during busy stretch

    Bombers lefty Wes Kistler was outstanding for the second game in a row, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in six innings, but Beecher City's Tyler McKay was even better, as the Eagles edged the Brownstown baseball team Tuesday, 1-0.

    McKay allowed just two hits - singles by Levi Tackett and Cody Robbins - in a complete-game effort, as he struck out 15 and walked four.

  • Casey resigns as Ramsey basketball coach

    Nick Casey is a man accustomed to wearing many hats.

    Husband. Father. Principal. Athletic director.

    And - as if that weren't enough - he's spent the past 12 winters coaching the boys basketball team at his alma mater, Ramsey High School.

    But with a growing family, Casey has concluded that there are simply not enough hours in the day to continue multi-tasking at the same pace.

    Therefore, the man who led the Rams to their first regional title since 1942 has decided to step down as head basketball coach.