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Today's News

  • Texas man killed in I-70 accident on Monday

    A Texas man was killed in an accident early Monday morning on Interstate 70 in eastern Fayette County.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that James Tinsley II of El Paso sustained fatal injuries when struck by a tractor-trailer shortly before daylight.
    According to the Illinois State Police, a tractor-trailer driven by Tinsley was involved in a crash, which Bowen said resulted in his lights being disabled.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Feb. 2)

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Jan. 31
    Teutopolis 58
    St. Elmo 41
    THS: 13-11-14-20—58
    SEHS: 15-6-8-12—41
    Points: Connor Beasley, 10; Jake Mansker, 10; Blake Pruett, 7; Ben Sperry, 6; Levi Maxey, 3; Blaine Scholes, 3; Garrett Bartels, 2.
    Record: 16-6
    T-Town: Niebrugge had 19 points.

  • Sports Briefs (Feb. 2)

    Patoka man to be inducted at SIU

    A former Patoka athlete will be inducted to the Southern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
    John Garrett is among the six inductees in the 2012 class.

    Garrett, who was a 5-foot-10, point guard nicknamed "Mouse," scored 995 points over 72 games (13.8 points per game) during his three-year career at SIU. When he played, from 1969-72, freshmen were not eligible.

  • PHOTO: Vandalia JV team falls to Pana
  • Clymer, Ashdown win Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown are the latest residents to be honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for their service to the community.

    Clymer was honored for his years of serving as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. Clymer, a member of the Lincoln Presenters, successfully lobbied the organization to hold its annual convention in Vandalia several years ago.

    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the construction of a new Family YMCA facility.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Senior Spotlight: Haley Wollerman

    Discouraged after being hit with a ticky-tack foul, a stoic Haley Wollerman sat with her head down on the Vandalia bench.

    The senior guard wasn’t used to going to the bench with four fouls – especially not in the third quarter – but she knew exactly how her role needed to change at that point.

    Moments later, Wollerman became like a player-coach to her teammates, calling out to them if she saw a screen coming or if someone needed to move elsewhere on the court.

  • Vandal boys split season series with Hillsboro

    The Vandals pushed the tempo for the entire game against Hillsboro on Tuesday to produce a 21-point victory, the team’s first since Jan. 10.

    Vandalia opened the game on an 18-0 run, and held Hillsboro star Matt DeLuka without a field goal and the Hilltoppers without a 3-pointer during a 57-36 win.

    “I was very pleased with our effort and the intensity on the defensive end,” said coach Kevin Jackson. “We flat-out played better, and that’s what we needed to get back to after getting beat last Tuesday (by Teutopolis).”