Today's News

  • School district still waiting for state funds

    The Vandalia School District’s financial picture for the year looks good at this time, given the fact that it has been receiving much of the funds due to them. That will change as the school year progresses, even more dramatically so if it doesn’t receive other monies it is owed.
    “As is tradition with this time of the school year, our fund balances are healthy, based on the fact that we have received all of our (local) property tax monies,” Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education last week.

  • City holds on gaming

    Enough is enough.
    In essence, that was the message sent – in two ways – by Vandalia officials on Monday night.
    In a meeting that lasted only about 20 minutes, the Vandalia City Council rejected a proposed increase in the number of city liquor licenses that allow for gaming machines.
    In fact, it rejected the proposal by not even voting on it.

  • Eighth-Graders Recognized
  • Brownstown Kicks Off Holiday Season
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Carl A. Jennings, 47, 318 E. Third St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Nov. 20 on a charge of disorderly conduct and on an alleged violation of bail bond. He was later arrested on a charge of resisting a peace officer. Bond was $1,500.
    • Derrick G. Herker, 22, 2031 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 18 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. He was released at the order of a judge.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 24

    ✔ The 10th annual free Community Thanksgiving Meal provided by Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is being held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. The meal is a community event allowing local residents to celebrate Thanksgiving for others. Reservations are not required.

    Friday, November 25

    ✔ The Leader-Union office will be closed for Thanksgiving.

  • Junior High

    Vandalia Junior High’s eighth-grade boys defeated Hillsboro, 47-27, last Tuesday.
    The Junior Vandals lead 8-6 after one quarter and 20-13 after two quarters. They held at 19-7 edge in the third quarter and 8-7 edge in the fourth to take the win.
    Markus Isaiah led the eighth-graders with 15 points, and Drew Thompson added 10 points. Other scorers –Tarkington 8, Casey 4, Goldsmith 4, Smith 2, Marquardt 2, Sasse 2.

    Vandalia’s eighth-grade girls squad improved to 14-4 on Monday with a 19-14 win over Teutopolis.

  • Lady Bombers fall in season opener

    Brownstown-St. Elmo never recovered from a slow start and lost its season opener to Mt. Olive on Tuesday, 75-42.
    The Lady Bombers were outscored 24-3 in the first quarter, and that edge stayed the same at halftime as each team scored 15 in the second quarter.
    Mt. Olive added eight points to its lead in the third quarter and four more in the final stanza.
    Claire Wilhour led the Lady Bombers with 15 points, 11 of those coming in the second half.

  • Lady Vandals lose opener on last-second shot

    A basket with 1.5 seconds left in the game gave Altamont a 59-57 win over Vandalia in the Lady Vandals’ season opener on Tuesday night.

  • Sports Briefs

    Marquardt has top 10s at sectional meet

    Vandalia Community High School’s Olivia Marquardt scored enough points on her own to give the school a 14th-place finish at the IHSA sectional swimming meet at Urbana.
    Marquardt placed fourth in the girls 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 1:02:43, and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:03.22.

    SEB chili supper, Spirit Night