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Today's News

  • Vandalia to face Altamont in the first game of Jr. Legion District Tournament

    Vandalia will open the Jr. Legion District Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Altamont.

    Post 95 is the No. 7 seed, while Altamont is seeded second. Effingham is the top seed, and South Central is seeded fourth.

    South Central opens play against No. 5 Teutopolis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. With a win, South Central advances to play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., while a loss would send SC to the 10 a.m. game on Saturday.

  • Vandalia stays alive in Sr. Legion District Tournament; face Olney on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    ROBINSON – Vandalia faced two must-win games on Wednesday at the Sr. Legion District Tournament, and despite falling behind in both games, Post 95 got to 30 wins on the season with a pair of victories, advancing the team to the championship game of the tournament.

    Post 95 erased a 6-2 deficit against Robinson, using an eight-run inning to turn it into a blowout 13-6 win, and after falling behind 1-0 to T-Town, back-to-back extra-base hits in the third and a three-run eighth gave Vandalia a 8-4 win.

  • South Central grad Spencer Patton traded to Texas Rangers

    On the same day he will pitch for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded to the Texas Rangers organization.

    Patton was traded by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in a deal in which they acquired veteran reliever Jason Frasor. Patton was assigned to the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

    Patton was a 24th-round selection of the Royals in 2011, and he steadily advanced throughout their minor league system.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Cindy (Sprayberry) Scoles, Becky (Elmore) Hourigan, Judy (Ray) Nalley, Vicky (Greer) Haas, Barbara (Wright) Ellis and Patty (Ellis) Morgan.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Correctional Center received word that its road camp was scheduled to reopen in October, a little more than two years after it was closed. It meant an additional 25 jobs at VCC.
    Grace Kepner of the Wheatland HEA was named homemaker of the year at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Home Extension Association.
    The First Baptist Church youth choir was readying its musical “Live It to the Max,” for a multi-state tour.
    Ten girls were vying for Miss Fayette County Fair honors.

  • Metzger building has long, colorful history

    Several months ago I was contacted by the Tim Metzger family for information on the Metzger Hotel built by Tim’s great-grandfather, John Ulrich Metzger.

  • Sign enforcement must be consistent

    A complaint lodged against a Vandalia citizen who posted signs on public property near his home advertising garden produce for sale has resulted in discussions of how the city’s sign ordinance should be enforced.
    Currently, enforcement of the city’s lengthy sign ordinance is driven by complaints – meaning that the city doesn’t enforce it unless someone complains.
    Well, someone complained about Dave Hill’s vegetable sign. So now he’s complained to city aldermen about the city’s enforcement practices.

  • Knights keep fish stand tradition going

    One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.

  • Schools get state money on time

    In contrast to the past several years, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday received good news on the financial front.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that the state made its fourth quarterly categorical payment to the district before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
    That on-time payment leaves the district with an unanticipated windfall of $400,000 in state funding. In recent years, the state had delayed that final payment until mid-July, which means it had to be applied to the next fiscal year’s revenues.

  • Resident wants fair sign law enforcement

    “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs …”
    Those lyrics from a 1970s song are similar to a message delivered to the Vandalia City Council by a resident who alleged selective enforcement of the city’s sign ordinances.
    Dave Hill asked city officials for fair and consistent enforcement of sign laws after being asked to take down signs he posted.