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Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Oct. 11)

    Taylor Parrish • Sophomore • Franklin

    •Oct. 6 – Parrish, a Vandalia grad, played in two sets of a 3-1 loss at North Manchester (Ind.). She had one dig and one block assist during the match. Franklin is 7-13 on the season..

  • NTC volleyball tournament begins on Thursday

    The National Trail Conference volleyball tournament begins on Thursday at St. Anthony High School in Effingham.

    Three area teams – South Central, St. Elmo and Brownstown – are all in Pool C.

  • Family Worship Center starts Horizons

    It has been said that our children are tomorrow’s leaders, our hope for the community’s future.

    Therefore, it is important that they receive proper guidance and encouragement, and are taught respect and caring for others, as well as integrity and character, while retaining their own personality and individuality.
    Vandalia and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have many young families with children. The parents, guardians and other caregivers are also fortunate to have several child care and learning center/facilities available.

  • This week's schedule (Oct. 11-17)

    VANDALIA
    Football
    •Friday at Pana, 5 p.m.
    Volleyball
    •Thursday vs. Carlyle, 5 p.m.
    •Tuesday at Gillespie, 5 p.m.
    Golf
    •Friday at IHSA State*
    •Saturday at IHSA State*
    *Boys at Prairie Vista in Bloomington
    *Girls at Red Tail Run in Decatur
    Tennis
    •Friday at IHSA Sectional, 1 p.m.*
    *at Effingham
    JV Football
    •Monday vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Freshmen Football
    •Thursday vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    Jr. High Girls Basketball

  • PHOTOS: VYO football vs. Litchfield

    The VYO football teams took to Mark Greer Field on Saturday against Litchfield, winning all four contests in the second-to-last week of the season. The teams will make up games at EAWR on Saturday.

  • Hollow-een

    Happy Hollow Farms, located south of St. Elmo, held its annual Fall Festival Weekend on Saturday and Sundy, offering a variety of activites for area families.

    In the first photo, 5-year-old Lanie Spangenberg struggles to hold onto the pumpkin she chose for her family. In the second photo, 4-year-old Evan Warren enjoys playing in the sand box filled with corn. In the third photo, Alex Aderman of the St. James 4-H club, stirs the chili that the club was serving at Happy Hollow Farms' Fall Festival Weekend.

  • Chancey explains IARDC reprimand 20 years ago

    The Democratic candidate for state’s attorney in Fayette County doesn’t hesitate to talk about being reprimanded by the state’s disciplinary commission more than two decades ago.
    In fact, Matt Chancey has been explaining why he was reprimanded – and why he risked losing his license to practice law – to people in Fayette County for some time.
    And, he said, he would again risk disciplinary action in such a situation.

  • County looks into deep cuts

    The Fayette County Board is in the final stages of preparing a budget for the next fiscal year, and the board chairman said the proposed budget includes “some pretty hard cuts.”
    Chairman Steve Knebel said that the new budget has cuts totaling about $300,000, with the majority of those cuts in the sheriff’s office.
    Included in the spending reductions proposed at this time is the elimination of the chief deputy position.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kyle V. Finfrock, 22, Altamont, was arrested on Oct. 8 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $3,000.
    • Leland J. McNutt, 35, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 8 for an alleged violation of bail bond. No bond information was listed.
    • Matthew W. Warner, 47, 516 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 7 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.

  • Correction (Oct. 11)

    The soccer team's statkeeper was incorrectly identified in a story and a photo in last week's edition of The Leader-Union.

    The team's statkeeper is Andrew Daley.

    We apologize for the error.