Today's News

  • The sad story of Amanda Reese Bolt

    Amanda Ellen Reese was born on July 23, 1841, in Adair County, Ky. When she was very small, her parents both died of cholera. I remember hearing about Amanda many years ago, and about her cruel childhood, during which her feet were so badly injured that she could not wear shoes.

  • HARNER: One day. Five performances to remember in Fayette County

    What a day.

    With records set, championships won and rivals defeated last Thursday was easily the most memorable day so far in the fall season.

    Brownstown/St. Elmo senior Jacob Behrends shocked everyone with his program record 22-strikeout performance in a 3-0 win against Patoka in the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    At the same time, Vandalia’s volleyball team was earning the biggest win of the season by defeating rival Pana, 25-16, 25-23.

  • Vandals get win, then lose close battle to Carlinville

    VANDALIA – It appeared the Vandals were on their way to the biggest win in school history.

    At halftime on Saturday, Vandalia and Carlinville were mired in a 1-1 tie, but the Vandals didn’t come out of the break with the same excitement as they had in the first half, allowing three goals in a 4-1 South Central Conference loss.

    “I am hoping that we are expecting to compete with these teams, and we did,” said coach Walt Kinney. “We feel that any team we play against, we are going to hang with them, and in the first half, we sure did.

  • Help prevent West Nile

    Though it seems too late in the year to be concerned about mosquito-borne illnesses, the reality is that insects infected with the West Nile Virus were detected in St. Elmo within the past couple weeks.
    That means it’s prudent to take precautions to prevent exposure to the disease.

  • Vandals finish 4th at SCC Tournament

    The Vandals beat out Southwestern by just two strokes in taking fourth place on Monday at the South Central Conference Boys Golf Tournament.

    Golfing at The Rail, a par-72 course in Springfield, the Vandals were led by junior Zach Schaal, who shot a 90 to place in a three-way tie for 11th place.

    Others counting toward Vandalia’s team score of 382 were: freshman Richie Well (93), junior Jake Bowen (94) and freshman Alec Schroeder (105).  Others golfing for the Vandals were senior Jake Shulman (106) and freshman Levi Cox (109).

  • Support musicial activities as well

    Each week, we devote several pages of The Leader-Union to covering the achievements of hundreds of our young people who are involved in sports of one sort or another. Those participants include preschoolers to adults, and the sports include (this time of year) football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cross country. Also a part of the sports pages are stock car racing and its small-scale cousin, radio-controlled car racing.

  • Tennis finishes third at Centralia Invite

    The Lady Vandals tennis team finished third at the Centralia Invitational on Saturday, with sophomore Hannan Blythe taking the second-place medal in singles.

    She defeated the No. 1 player from Centralia and the No. 2 player from Olney, while losing to Olney's top player.

    Also in singles was junior Courtney Ulmer, who made the third round but did not place.

    In doubles, Vandalia seniors Karlee Brimberry and Megan Dothager went 1-2, and senior Kristyn Nichols and freshman Emma Meyer were 0-2.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 3)

    Friday, Sept. 27
    Seventh-grade girls
    Old Capitol Classic
    Championship game
    Altamont 30
    Vandalia 15
    •Katlyn McKinney, 7; Libby Johnson, 4.
    Friday, Sept. 27
    Eighth-grade girls
    Fifth-place game
    Vandalia 19
    Greenville 5
    • Alli Palmer, 8; Olivia Marquardt, 5; Bailee Workman, 3; Sydney Austin, 2; Rachel Zimmerman, 1.
    Tuesday, Sept. 24
    Eighth-grade girls
    Mulberry Grove 32
    Vandalia 31

  • Ramsey overcomes Ks to take third place

    VANDALIA – Led by 13 strikeouts from senior ace Tristan Wesselman, Ramsey overcame 14 strikeouts by its offense to take third place in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick left-hander Jacob Kenter struck out 14 Rams in last Thursday’s game, but allowed five hits to give fourth-seeded Ramsey some scoring chances in its upset 4-1 win against the No. 3 seed.

    And with the victory came the first baseball trophy that Ramsey has won in several years.

  • News Briefs

    Little Garden Festival is Oct. 12

    The annual Harvest Festival at Vandalia's Little Community Garden will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
    The festival will include a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony for the memorial garden created by Girl Scout Troop No. 382 and a cemetery walk at the Old State Burial Ground from 1-3 p.m.