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Today's News

  • St. Elmo to play for second straight regional title

    ALTAMONT — St. Elmo played nearly flawless basketball in the first half to build an insurmountable lead during a 68-40 victory against North Clay in Wednesday night's regional semifinals.

    The Eagles scored first, but after a short tie at 2-2, St. Elmo pulled away to a 20-2 lead. The team led 37-11 at halftime.

    Senior Blake Pruett was the leading scorer with 20 points, and junior Connor Beasley (13) and senior Patrick Schaal (11) also reached double-digits.

  • Furious rally gives Vandals upset OT win in regional semifinals

    PANA — Facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter made it seem that the Vandalia boys basketball season was all but over.

    A 16-0 run, which lasted just 2:09 and was sparked by a seven-point possession 1:30 into the final period, changed the dynamics dramatically, and helped the Vandals tie the game at 49 and eventually win 55-52 in overtime.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Fayette County’s Cooperative Extension Service’s executive council voted unanimously on Tuesday to form a three-county cluster with Effingham and Shelby counties.
    Births – Joshua Michael to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Perkins of Effingham; Kenny Robert to Jackie Richards and Kendall Pryor of Shobonier; and Hayley Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Jahn of Centralia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler:  ghitsn yam moec ot shote how tiwa, tub lyno het gistnh flet yb setoh ohw letshu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. (Robert Shaffer)

  • Reward great service by casting your vote

    They've earned your loyalty and respect every time you've set foot in their store – now it's your turn to return the favor to your favorite merchants by voting in The Leader-Union's annual Reader's Choice contest.
    For the past two weeks, we've included a ballot in The Leader-Union and The Leader-Union Extra. Those ballots give you the chance to reward those merchants whose commitment to excellence has earned your support.

  • Congratulations to area athletes

    It's the time of year to step up. It's the time when champions rise to the challenges and leaders lead.
    And that's exactly what we've seen recently from athletes at Vandalia Community High School.
    Members of the wrestling team and the boys basketball team have shown such strength of character as they've competed in recent days.
    Five wrestlers qualified for the state individual tournament, with Levi Ulmer coming home with a fifth-place medal. And Tuesday night, the squad pulled out a close match with Herrin to return to state as a team.

  • Persistance may pay off with intake

    Understandably, the city of Vandalia has kept a close watch on its spending the past couple of years. That has meant delaying some needed infrastructure projects.
    But one city alderman is making sure that one of those projects, the Kaskaskia River intake, is not forgotten.
    Terry Beesley announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that, as a way of getting something done with the intake, he has contacted every state agency he could think of, looking for some type of free assistance.

  • All About You Day Spa Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Feb. 9 at All About You Day Spa, a new business located at 522 W. Gallatin.

    Owner Ashley Metzger Miller, center, is joined Mayor Rick Gottman, her parents and several members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Other members of the spa's staff are Cinde Ward, Mindy Roe and Elaine Feezel.

  • Chamber hears about social media

    Local businessman Josh Henry presented a program on "The Basics of Social Media" at the first meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

  • Business Briefs

    Woolsey Brothers RSVPs due Feb. 25
    Customers of Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply who received invitations for the company's appreciation day dinner are asked to send in the RSVP card by this Saturday.
    That RSVP is necessary to ensure seating and a meal at the company's annual meeting.
    Two meetings are being held – one at noon and the other at 6:30 p.m. – on Thursday, March 1.
    Entertainment for both meetings will be provided by country singer Moe Bandy.