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Today's News

  • VHT Day Three: Vandals handle Eagles

    Fueled by an intense trapping defense, the Vandalia Vandals ran past the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles, 65-39, on Monday at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The win propelled the Vandals into the fifth-place game on Tuesday night.
    With the loss, the Eagles remained winless at the tourney and headed to the ninth-place game.
    Vandalia had a small lead when it switched from man-to-man to a 1-2-2 trapping press. The game sped up, the Eagles turned the ball over time and time again, and the Vandals began to get easy hoops or wide-open jumpers.

  • VHT Day Three: Flora, Greenville will meet for championship

    In the recent history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Flora has found its way to the championship game time and time again.
    This year is no different.
    Bryce Pearce made five of six free throws with under a minute to play, and Flora edged defending champion St. Anthony, 55-50, on Monday night.
    The win puts the Wolves in the title game, while the Bulldogs had to settle for the third-place game.
    It's the fifth trip to the title game in six years for the Wolves, who always seem to find a way to the title game.

  • Web update: Greenville wins Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    Greenville beat Flora 46-32 in the championship game of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at a packed Vandalia High School gymnasium.

    The VHT title is the first for Greenville.

    St. Anthony won the third place game, 44-35, over Altamont.

    Shelbyville beat Vandalia, 60-53, for fifth place.

    In the seventh place game, South Central beat Maroa-Forsyth, 58-42.

    Pana handled St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in the ninth place game.

     

    2014 VHT

    All-Tournament Team

  • Maske heads solar car team at SIUE

    SIUE NEWS
    No gas required –as long as your vehicle is out in the sun, you will be ready to go.
    This may seem like something out of a science fiction book, but for members of the SIUE solar car team, it is reality.

  • Where are they now?

    ERICA (LAMB) CHOI
    City where you currently reside: Ballston Lake, N.Y., upstate New York in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.

  • We don't need resolutions – we need a new life

    Christmas is over, and as 2014 draws to close we look forward to a New Year. It’s that time of year when many people make New Year’s resolutions.

  • Body cams are useful tools

    Drug offenders in Fayette County have made it possible for law enforcement officers to now be equipped with a piece of equipment that can greatly aid in the prosecution of others.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison has used monies obtained through drug seizures to buy body cams for officers throughout the county.
    Those units will record footage of numerous types of criminal investigations, including those for suspected drunk drivers and those alleging domestic abuse.

  • The true story about Lincoln's jump

    While looking through back issues of The Ramsey News-Journal, I came across an article in the Aug. 8, 1939, issue submitted by Will F. Jordan of Pana. The writer had spent some time in the log cabin home of George Jackson of Carson Township and wished to share his experience with his neighbors.
    He wrote, “Down in what is known as ‘the sticks’ in Carson Township, Fayette County, is located the humble but hospitable old cabin home of George Washington Jackson, retired farmer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    Last week's photo: Cecil Williams.
    Those identifying him were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Patty Donaldson, Shirley Mattes, Carolyn Sasse, Ed Taylor, Beulah Brown, Barb and Herschel Ambuehl and James Williams, and Charlie and Linda Townsend.
    In the photo in the Dec. 18 issue were Frederick, Vernon, Linda, Kenneth and Wilma Brazle.
    No one identified them.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
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  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Brant Wright was the winner of The Leader-Union’s “First Baby of the Year” contest. He was born at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham to Darin and Cheryl Wright of St. Elmo.
    New anti-drug laws affecting bus driver went into effect, meaning all school bus drivers had to pass drug and alcohol tests prior to getting their permit.
    The Pit Stop Restaurant opened in Vandalia. Owners included Judy, Vicky and Joyce Miller.