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Today's News

  • Vandalia wins first regional volleyball title since 1985

    It's about time.

    The Vandalia volleyball team beat Flora, 25-18, 25-18, to win to school's first regional championship since 1985 on Thursday night, earning a trip to the Cumberland Sectional, where the Lady Vandals will play Pana on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

    Senior RaeChelle Leiken had the game-winning kill, the final of her team-high 10 in the match. Senior Austyn Krueger added eight, and Sierah Ruffner had seven to help the Lady Vandals record 30 in the game.

    Vandalia had five blocks in the match, with Leiken having one solo and four assists.

  • Benefit planned for 5-month-old

    A benefit fundraiser is being planned for 5-month-old Kinly Walker, who is awaiting a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
    Kinley is the daughter of Troy and Hannah (Schroeder) Walker of St. Elmo. Troy graduated from St. Elmo High School and Hannah graduated from Altamont High School. Troy is involved in farming and sells Beck’s Seed, and Hannah works at the Wellness Complex of Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
    Kinley has two sisters, Morgan, age 13 and Reagan, age 10, who both attend school in St. Elmo.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house this Sunday.

  • News Briefs

    Carlyle Lake area tour is this Sunday

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association Inc., will be conducting a site tour of the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area this Sunday
    The guided tour, by personal vehicle, will give interested parties a chance to view Sub-impoundments 1 and 2 prior to the upcoming waterfowl season, which begins on Nov. 10.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The four cornerstones of character on which this nation is built are: initiative, imagination, individuality and independence.

  • Enjoy the season with parade and trick or treating

    There's a lot going on in Vandalia this week. And with all the interesting things to do, we urge you to make plans to participate in some of them.
    It all kicks off Thursday night at 7 p.m. with the Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade. Known as one of the premier parades in this part of the state, the event features dozens of floats, a number of high school bands and a wide variety of walking entries.

  • When is a hit more than a hit?

    It’s every parent’s nightmare.
    Your son is playing football, takes a thunderous hit to the head and goes face down on the turf. He doesn’t move.
    Time stands still. Your vision swirls. You rush to the field. Your protective instincts are running full-throttle.

  • Breast cancer journey continues

    It has been 13 years now since I was told that I had breast cancer – a fast-growing type, they said. On a scale from two to nine, I was a seven. Not a good number to be.
    Being the first in my immediate family to be diagnosed with cancer, I searched my ancestor charts for other kin who may have died as a result of this particular affliction. I came up blank. In fact, throughout the lives of my family members, the most common cause of death was old age.

  • School, teachers pact a good sign

    Earlier this month, as the Vandalia Board of Education and the union representing the district’s teachers reached a contract settlement, it was a win for both sides.
    Talks between the two groups had been going on since last spring, and had included one arbitration meeting in September when the two sides couldn’t come up with a compromise that they could live with. A second arbitration meeting had been scheduled, but never was held.
    The teachers had been working without a contract since the new fiscal year began July 1.

  • Next museum program is Sunday, Nov. 4

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.