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Today's News

  • Ramsey stuns top seed SEB in opener

    ST. ELMO — Ramsey looked nothing like an eighth seed.
    The St. Elmo Holiday Tournament began with an upset, as the Ramsey Rams stunned the No. 1-seeded tourney hosts, handing St. Elmo/Brownstown a 56-53 loss on Tuesday night.
    Ramsey's Kyle Adermann hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to give the Rams the upset victory.
    The game saw the Rams race out to a big early lead, only to see the Eagles claw back into the game with a big third quarter.

  • A CLEAN SWEEP

    Three duals. Three wins.
    That's how Saturday went for the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team.
    The Vandals weren't very gracious hosts, as they earned wins over the other three teams in attendance at Saturday's quadrangular.
    Vandalia got past Herrin, 49-30, and then had little trouble in knocking off Leroy, 57-14. The Vandals topped Oakwood, 51-25, to finish the day at 3-0.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said he saw several positives from his team.

  • Another painful loss for Vandals

    Another solid effort, another close loss.
    That was the painful reality for the Vandalia Community High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night.
    Despite a valiant comeback by the hosts, Hillsboro held on late for a 67-62 overtime victory over the Vandals.
    The Vandals battled until the end, but ultimately fell, remaining winless on the season.
    Each and every time the Hiltoppers appeared to have Tuesday's game secure, the Vandals made a run.

  • Shop with a Cop a good program

    While some police officers across this country are drawing media focus for the wrong reasons, Vandalia’s finest are showing that they are deserving of that title.
    Led by Chief Jeff Ray, the VPD conducted a Shop with a Cop for the first time this holiday season. Through that program, with financial support from some local businesses, groups and individuals, city officers were able to provide 11 youngsters with a merry Christmas.

  • The stories of Smith, Crump & Cronk

    While working on decorating the tree at the Vandalia Statehouse last week we got into a conversation about names.
    One of the stories we tell to visitors at the old capitol is of Supreme Justice Theophilus Washington Smith, who pulled a gun on Gov. Ninian Edwards. Edwards took it away from him, pistol-whipped him and broke his jaw.
    Another of the justices, Stephen Lockwood, in a letter to his wife, Mary, wrote that Smith’s jaw "had not yet reunited."

  • Vandalia Memories

    As part of their campaign tour across the Midwest in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, stopped at the Vandalia Statehouse, where they spoke to a crowd estimated at 10,000.

    After their speeches, Clinton and Gore, and their wives, Hillary and Tipper, were led on a tour of the Statehouse by Judy Baumann, who was then the site superintendent. Also in this photo, taken by Leader-Union Editor Rich Bauer, is Roland Burrus, a Centralia native who was the state's attorney general at the time.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All of the members of this family grew up in the Sefton community. Three still live in the Brownstown community.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was under way.
    The Leader-Union and area merchants were sponsoring the First Baby of the New Year contest.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Beginning Feb. 17, one had to pay 22 cents to mail a letter. Postcard rates raised to 14 cents.

  • Holiday Weekend at Statehouse

    Prior to the start of the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night, Statehouse volunteer Linda Hanabarger, left, talks to Christina Pennington, one of the local Girl Scouts volunteering at the open house, about the history of the old state capitol.

  • Lake House wins in court

    The owners of The Lake House have won a court battle that allows them to continue operating their restaurant on Lake Vandalia.
    And the city will allow that victory to stand without a fight.
    Six days before a jury trial was set to begin, a judge has ruled unconstitutional an ordinance that the city argued prohibits Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry from running a restaurant on the lake.