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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys are cousins who were born one day apart.

  • YMCA Basketball Clinic

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently concluded a pair of youth basketball clinics.

    The younger group is pictured in the first photo, and the older group is pictured in the second. The YMCA's youth basketball league begins in January.

  • Lady Vandals Alumni Game

    The Lady Vandals held their alumni game recently.

    In the first photo, current coach Michelle McNary (left) battles Amber Durbin for a rebound. In the second photo, Jessica Pollard drives around Shelby Cearlock.

  • A look back

    The area’s basketball season has already produced several memorable moments, even though most teams have played just 10 games or less.
    The Leader-Union has put together a brief synopsis of the start to each team’s season, featuring all of the top moments from the first month and a half of games.
    VANDALIA BOYS
    The Vandals have enjoyed a good start to the season, going 6-3 through Tuesday, including three South Central Conference wins. All of the team’s starters average at least six points per game.

  • Holiday Tourney runs through Saturday

    The 41st annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament opened on Wednesday, and the championship games will be held on Saturday.
    The Vandals are ranked No. 3 in the event and will be after their first tourney title since 1981.
    But to get there, Vandalia will be facing some very tough competition along the way.
    The Vandals opened tournament play on Wednesday against St. Anthony, and Shelbyville.
    Results of those games, as well as all games from the tournament, will be available at www.leaderunion.com throughout the week.

  • Early Christmas gift for VVFD

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department received an early Christmas gift earlier this month – a $2,000 donation from TransCanada, a natural gas and oil pipleline company.

    TransCanada employee Galen Frailey of Patoka (second from right) presented the donation, which will be used to purchase equipment. Pictured, from left, are VVFD Second Assistant Chief Steve Stombaugh, VVFD First Assistant Chief Keith Meadows, Frailey and VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Georgia M. Hicks, 30, 815 S. Poplar St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 15 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $5,000.
    • Tilda J. Kahle, 36, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, turned herself in on Dec. 24 for failure to appear in court in Montgomery County court on a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $2,000.
    • A 17-year-old Ramsey resident was arrested on Dec. 23 on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • New kidney a Christmas gift for Davison

    A lighted, gaily decorated Christmas tree stands near the front room door of Nancy Davison’s home that she shares with her husband, Ora.

  • Year in Review

    A struggling economy continued to be one of the top stories in Vandalia and Fayette County, as the area lost more jobs and the county dealt with financial matters for most of 2012.
    A look back at 2012 begins in this issue with the first six months of the year.
    January
    • About six months after an Illinois State Police investigation, St. Elmo librarian Terri E. Gillespie was arrested on theft charges.  Gillespie was charged with two counts, one alleging the theft of up to $500,000 in library funds and the other alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Council to vote on putting electric aggregation on ballot

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to consider at its next meeting that could possibly lead to lower electrical rates for city residents.
    The council is scheduled to vote at its Jan. 7 meeting on an ordinance amendment that would putan electric aggregation referendum before voters.
    If the council approves that amendment, residents will vote on the electric aggregation issue at the April 9 consolidated election.
    City officials discussed the issue at last week’s meeting after a presentation of electric aggregation by Steve Bryant of Good Energy.