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Today's News

  • PHOTO: Fourth-graders win tournament

    The fourth-grade boys basketball team is shown with its first-place plaque from the Salem Invitational.

  • Vandalia man found dead Monday morning

    A Vandalia man was found dead in a wooded area south of Vandalia late Monday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he believes that 22-year-old Justin Wyatt died from hypothermia sometime on Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday evening in Effingham.

  • Vandalia School District to make cuts

    The Vandalia School District will meet in special session on Wednesday evening to act on district cuts.

    The 5 p.m. meeting will include reports and presentations on proposed athletic, fine arts and district cuts.

    After a closed session, the meeting agenda states, the school board will act on a deficit reduction plan and expenditure cuts for the next school year.

    Prior to the board meeting, at 2:30 p.m., district officials will meet with Vandalia Unit Teachers Association representatives.

  • Flowers, Lindberg honored with Abe Awards

    Two men who have made significant contributions to the Vandalia area received Abe Awards from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

    The awards, presented at the chamber’s annual banquet, were given to businessman Tony Flowers and FAYCO Enterprises executive director Bob Lindberg.

     Also at the banquet, outgoing chamber president Ben Timmermann passed the gavel to incoming president Greg Starnes.

    A full story about the banquet and the Abe Awards will be included in next week’s Leader-Union.

  • Jr. Vandals are regional champions

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or for that matter that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals pick up OT win on senior night

    On senior night, the Lady Vandals got 29 points from senior Amber Bruno and used a 7-0 run at the start of the overtime period on Thursday night to pick up a 66-56 South Central Conference win against Roxana.

    Junior Kaitlyn Kershaw made a game-tying layup with about two minutes left in regulation, and freshman Madelyn Hosick blocked a second-chance shot in the waning seconds to force the extra period.

    Morgan Cripe, a junior, assisted Kershaw on that basket, and had a double-double for the Lady Vandals (9-16, 2-6 SCC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Vandals celebrate seniors with exciting quad

    VANDALIA – Two veteran wrestlers both went 3-0 in their final home regular-season event on Saturday at Vandalia High School.

    Zach Jackson and Sean Newcomb each had a perfect day as the Vandals went 2-1 in a quadrangular against Clinton, Beardstown and PORTA.

    Newcomb had three pins, while Jackson had a pin, a 6-4 win and a forfeit victory for the Vandals (19-10).

  • Vandals top Patoka in nonconference action

    After splitting a pair of nonconference games in the past week, the Vandals will get back into South Central Conference play next Tuesday.

    Vandalia travels to Pana that night for a rematch of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament championship game, which the Panthers won, 56-44.

    Prior to that, the Vandals will host Litchfield in a nonconference game on Friday night.

    Vandalia won the conference game at Litchfield, 48-34, on Dec. 14.

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    On Tuesday, the Vandals couldn't control Taylorville's hot shooting in a 76-52 loss.

  • Vandalia Idol scheduled for March

    Soroptimist of Vandalia will be holding its third Vandalia Idol contest in March.
    Vandalia Idol is a singing competition open to all ages of amateur vocalists.
    Auditions will be held on two nights, March 9 and 16, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Three finalists will be chosen each night from each of the two age groups. The finalists will be asked to return on March 23 for the finale.
    From the final 12, two Vandalia Idols and two runners-up, one from each age group, will be chosen.

  • Lincoln hat, note going on display at museum

    Nothing brings the image of Abraham Lincoln to mind better than his iconic stovepipe hat. And nothing sums up Lincoln’s beliefs better than a scrap of paper he may have stored in that battered hat.
    “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy,” the piece of paper says.