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Today's News

  • Vandalia Idol finale is Saturday

    With both nights of preliminary competition complete, eight finalists prepare to compete this Saturday for a $250 cash award and the honor of being the Vandalia Idol for the third season.
    The second-place winner in each division of the Idol competition, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, will receive $100.
    The competition, held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, begins at 6 p.m.
    The public is invited to attend, and admission is $3 per person.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Zayne L. Nash, 20, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence. Bond was $15,000.
    • Whitney C. Dealy, 27, Gillespie, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Gaige C. Stief, 19, 2109 Burg Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on March 18 on charges of reckless driving and leaving a vehicle unattended. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 21

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Bonifaciuses ready to help in Brownstown

    Pastor Kevin Bonifacius and his wife, Connie, arrived in Brownstown in January to minister to First Christian Church.

  • Electric aggregation meeting is Thursday

    A public hearing for both Vandalia and Fayette County on the issue of electric aggregation is this Thursday night.
    Good Energy is holding the public meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    At the meeting, Good Energy representatives will explain the issue of municipal aggregation, as well as answer questions from people in the audience.
    A municipal aggregation referendum is on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.

  • Rotary taking on downtown trees

    Vandalia aldermen learned more details on Monday about the plan to solve the unsuccessful planting of trees along Gallatin Street in the downtown business district.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported that city employees have helped a private contractor remove any remaining trees, along with the containers in which they were planted.
    In those holes, redbud, lilac and crab apple trees will be planted, with the Vandalia Rotary Club maintaining them.

  • More school cuts, changes OK'd

    Another wave of personnel cuts and organizational changes was unveiled Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.

  • Vandal coaches talk about re-aligned SCC

    VANDALIA – The revamped South Central Conference debuts this school year, and prior to each season, The Leader-Union will be asking Vandalia’s coaches how they think the changes will affect their team.

    A list of all of the changes follows.

    1)    Gillespie and Staunton have replaced East Alton-Wood River and Marquette Catholic.
    2)    There will no longer be divisional play in any sport, with all teams that used to have divisions to play one game that counts in the conference standings.

  • Track Insider: Girls bonding already

    VANDALIA – For Gena Nance, the track season has already created memories even though the Lady Vandals have participated in just one indoor meet.

    With a team of “genuine athletes” who care about each other’s performances, Nance said that how the team came together in the first few weeks of practice is a lasting memory.

  • Lady Vandals show good signs at Noble

    The Lady Vandals may have started the season at 0-2, but had there not been an hour time limit at Saturday’s Noble Round-Robin, their record may have been better.

    Losing to Hutsonville/Palestine, 4-3, in five innings, and Red Hill, 11-6, in three innings, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher didn’t have too many complaints about the games.

    “We played pretty well the first game,” Buscher said. “We had a couple of errors, but it wasn’t a bad game. If there wasn’t a time limit, we probably could have scored more runs.”