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Today's News

  • PHOTO: St. Elmo/Brownstown Nearly Makes State

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown seventh-grade volleyball nearly made the state tournament after losing a close sectional match to undefeated Robinson Nutall at Casey-Westfield on Monday. The Jr. Lady Eagles lost, 25-17, 26-24, 24-26.

  • PHOTO: VJHS Cheerleading Awards

    The Vandalia Junior High cheerleading squad recently held its awards banquet. The award winners are pictured.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (March 7)

    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.

    Laura Hobbie • Senior • Greenville

    •Hobbie, a Vandalia graduate, finished her senior season with 11.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She was 14th in scoring in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

  • PHOTO: Sports Boosters Receive Donation

    During basketball season, National Bank donated $10 to the Sports Boosters for each 3-pointer made.

  • Sports Briefs (March 7)

    Spring season begins next week

    With another season of winter sports having gone by, some of the area’s spring teams will open their seasons next week.

    The Vandalia girls track team will travel to Eastern Illinois University for the Charleston Indoor Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    Teams at Mulberry Grove and St. Elmo then take to the fields next Tuesday.

    In baseball action, Mulberry Grove is hosting Sandoval, and St. Elmo will travel to Shelbyville. Both games are at 4:15 p.m.

  • Lindberg retiring from FAYCO; Taylor promoted

    After 25 years as the executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, Bob Lindberg is retiring.

    And, as Lindberg announced his retirement on Monday, he also announced that Kim Taylor, a 29-year employee of FAYCO, will succeed him as executive director.

    More on the story in this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Jr. Lady Vandals make regional finals

    TEUTOPOLIS  — Taking over the serve with a 17-12 lead in the second set of Saturday’s regional semifinal against St. Elmo, Sarah Bigelow served five aces in eight points to close out the match and give the Vandalia eighth-graders a spot in the regional title game.

    Those serves were the first of the game for Bigelow, and secured a 25-21, 25-12 win in the semifinals of the Teutopolis Regional.

  • Genealogical Society to publish family history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society (FCGHS) has voted to sponsor the writing and publishing of a book length history of Fayette County families.
    The primary content of the book will be family histories.
    Each Fayette County family will be asked to write a historical sketch not to exceed 500 words. This sketch and one photo will be published free.
    Additional text will be charged at 15 cents per word and photos will cost $15 each.
    The book will also include a general county history.

  • New automation program at Evans Library

    Over the next few weeks, Evans Public Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
    On July 1 of last year, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System –  eICat, GateNet, LINC and SilNet – merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally).
    SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
    On April 9, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform known as Polaris.

  • Card Shower

    Marie Arnold
    A card shower has been requested for Marie Arnold, who will celebrate her 97th birthday this Saturday.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 1, Box 74, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.