Today's News

  • Brown homers, triples in BSE win

    St. Elmo/Brownstown pounded out 14 hits in a 13-3 win over South Central at Deken Park in St. Elmo.

  • Three Vandals combine for no-hitter

    Three Vandalia pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the Vandals’ 6-0 home win against Brownstown/St. Elmo on Saturday morning.

  • Brownstown/St. Elmo tops Pana, Cougars split on Saturday

    Brownstown/St. Elmo outhit Pana, 8-7, and took advantage of three Panther errors to record a 10-7 win at Pana last Thursday.
    Dalton Denton, Caleb Atwood, Wade Ireland and Jeffrey Kelly each had two RBIs for the Bombers, who improved to 2-6 on the season.
    Bryton Pruett picked up the win, giving up seven hits and four runs while striking out three and walking two in 4 1/3 innings. Jeffrey Kelly struck out two in an inning of work to earn a save.

  • Two more Freight players enter HOF

    Two members of the local fastpitch softball team that won two national championships joined four other members of that team in the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.
    Marty Cloe and Brad Sturdy were inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining teammates Rich Well, Nick Casey, Alan Meinhart and Bob Nagel. The Freight is also in the Hall of Fame.
    Cloe, from a family of fastpitch hurlers from Pana, appeared in 248 games with the Freight, compiling a record of 166-45. Also a designated hitter, he batted .313 for the local team.

  • All-Star Game Honors
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: George “Herb” Dieckmann.
    Identifying him were: Ivalee Stine Herrin, Joyce Mueller and Harold Baumann.
    This week’s Scrambler: adeurcnen si etciepna tencdoatercn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

  • The story of Alexander Field

    In the early years when the governor lived in Vandalia, our city was home to many men of importance.

  • Schools fighting tough battle with the state

    For several years, school districts throughout the state have been fighting for a more-appropriate funding formula, one that benefits downstate schools as much as those more wealthier ones up north. Last week, 17 districts – including Vandalia's – took that fight to another level, filing a lawsuit.
    The suit claims that while the state continues to set higher standards for the districts, it doesn't provide the necessary funding to meet those standards.