Today's News

  • Hector S. Humphrey launched The Union

    “I was born in Tompkins County, New York, June 27, 1828, [and] came to Illinois in 1848. I got my first job on the Chicago Daily Journal, setting a prospectus for a campaign newspaper. Two years later, I became the owner of a newspaper in Naperville, Illinois.”

  • Promoting area tourism involves everyone – not just the officials

    In today’s issue of The Leader-Union, we proudly include our annual Fayette County Area Tourism Guide. Each year, we present that guide – with updated and new material – in hopes that it will serve as a one-of-a-kind resource about things to do and see in Vandalia and all of Fayette County.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on April 22 on charges of theft up to $300, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating curfew. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Trenton B. Duckworth, 20, 821 N. Main St., St. Elmo, was arrested on April 22 on a charge of theft up to $300. He was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Bart A. Stokes, 47, 621 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on April 21 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. No bond information was listed.

  • Late runs give Pana tournament title over SEB

    NOKOMIS – With their offense cruising through the first three innings, the Lady Eagles appeared as if they were going to overcome the defensive lapses that allowed Pana three runs in the second inning.

    But with just four hits in the next five innings of the championship game of last Saturday’s Nokomis Tournament and four errors in the same span, St. Elmo/Brownstown’s lead slipped away and Pana was able to come away with the 7-6 extra-inning victory.

  • Vandals drop two road games

    The top four hitters in Vandalia’s lineup each had one hit, but that only produced one first-inning run for the Vandals in last Friday’s 11-1 loss at Staunton.

    Junior Jake Bowen drove home junior Collin Nestleroad in the top of the first, but Staunton answered that run in the bottom of the frame, and added one more in the second, two in the third and seven in the fourth in the South Central Conference matchup.

  • Lady Rams finish 1-2 in tournament

    RAMSEY – The Lady Rams fended off a late comeback try by Hillsboro for their second win of the season last Saturday, and that helped them to a third-place finish in their own tournament.

    Hillsboro scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but stranded two runners in scoring position, allowing Ramsey to take the 7-6 victory.

    The Lady Rams scored at least one run in the second-sixth innings, and that consistent scoring helped them overcome an early 3-0 deficit.

  • BSE offense breaks out in win at Ramsey

    RAMSEY – Brownstown/St. Elmo’s offense may finally be heating up.

    Though the Bombers haven’t been facing the toughest teams on their schedule, they have averaged 10 runs a game over their past five, including last Thursday’s 11-1 win at Ramsey.

    The Bombers (7-6) are 4-1 in that span and have won three games in a row. BSE had been 1-4 in the five games prior to the stretch.

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 24)

    Senior Colton Woolsey and sophomore Ethan Meyer were first-place finishers for the boys track team last Tuesday at Roxana.
    Tuesday, April 15
    Boys at Roxana
    First-place finishers
    •Meyer, triple jump, 38-4½
    •Woolsey, shot put, 43-7½
    Second-place finishers
    •Curtis Gordon, 110-meter hurdles, 15.6
    •Woolsey, long jump, 18-8½
    Third-place finishers
    •Meyer, 200-meter dash, 24.2

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 24)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • Boys track ties for 6th at Cumberland

    Vandalia tied for sixth as a team and freshman Curtis Gordon placed first in the pole vault on Tuesday at Cumberland.

    Gordon cleared 14 feet to win, and also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.02). Other second-place finishers for the Vandals were: senior Colton Woolsey, shot put (42-10), and sophomore Ethan Meyer, triple jump (38 feet, 6¼ inches).

    Also placing for Vandalia was junior Ben Strobel, who took fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4:55.91).

    The Vandals had 52 points. Teutopolis won the meet, with 116.