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Today's News

  • Primary filing began Monday

    Races in the spring primary election in Fayette County began forming on Monday as the filing period for that election got under way.

  • Community shows support at benefit

    One of the best things about living in a small town, Tom Fedrigon says, is that people come together in a time of need.

  • State, federal EMA assess twister damage in St. Elmo

    One week after a tornado moved through the St. Elmo area, state and federal authorities were in the area to assess the damage caused by that twister.

  • Lay won't seek a third term

    Sheriff Aaron Lay has decided that he will not seek a third term in office.

  • Vandalia senior will cheer in New York City parade

    VANDALIA – Millions of people  across the country will tune in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning.

    And those in the Vandalia area have even more incentive to do so this year.

    Jaden Evans, a senior cheerleader, will be performing in the parade with Spirit of America Productions, which brings together two groups of 650 cheerleaders from across the country for a performance that will be broadcast on NBC from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday.

  • Lady Vandals trounce Mt. Olive for first victory

    Four players set or tied their career-high for single-game scoring, Vandalia picked up 15 steals and the Lady Vandals trounced Mt. Olive for their first win of the season.

    Playing on Monday at the Litchfield McDonald’s/Niehaus Cycle Thanksgiving Tournament, the Lady Vandals earned a lopsided 71-35 victory against a young Mt. Olive team, which has a roster of seven freshmen and one sophomore.

  • All three local teams fall at MG tourney

    None of the three area teams in the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament were able to earn a victory on Monday, the first day of the event.

    The tournament continues this week, concluding on Saturday night. Results of Tuesday’s games can be found at our website, www.leaderunion.com.

    The remaining schedule follows.

    Wednesday, Nov. 27
    •5:15 p.m.: Ramsey vs. Odin
    •6:45 p.m.: Sandoval vs. Patoka
    •8:15 p.m.: Mulberry Grove vs. Cowden-Herrick

  • DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic up next for Vandalia boys team

    The Vandalia boys basketball team begins play at the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic next Monday.

    Vandalia and Cairo will open the tournament that night at 6 p.m., but that will be the only game for the Vandals until next Friday.

    That night, Vandalia plays DuQuoin at 7:30 p.m., and that is followed by two games on Saturday.

    At 2 p.m., the Vandals will meet Flora, and at 6 p.m., the Vandals will meet Hamilton County.

    Vandalia was 1-2 last season in a four-team tournament.
     

  • Lady Bombers split first two contests

    BROWNSTOWN – Two players scored in double figures to help the Lady Bombers maintain their early lead and pick up their first win of the young season.

    Battling Shelbyville in the home-opener last Thursday, senior Molly Hill scored 15 points, and sophomore Krystyn Fitch added 13 as Brownstown/St. Elmo knocked off the Lady Rams, 58-51.

    The Lady Bombers (1-1) were strong from the free-throw line down the stretch, making 16-of-22 shots in the game, including 11-of-14 in the fourth quarter when Shelbyville was trying to erase a nine-point deficit.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Nov. 28)

    VANDALIA
    The Jr. Lady Vandal seventh-graders saw their season come to a close on Saturday at the Pana Regional.
    Vandalia dropped the contest, 30-19, to finish the season at 6-15.
    Katelyn Wilkerson had five points, and Katlyn Mills had four points.
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    Vandalia’s junior high boys teams swept a pair of games at St. Elmo on Saturday.
    The seventh-graders improved to 4-3 on the season with a 60-45 win.
    The Jr. Vandals led by four at halftime, but went on an 18-10 in the third quarter to secure a big lead.