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Today's News

  • 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).”

  • Lady Vandals can't contain Litchfield

    For the second straight game, a Lady Vandals player scored her 1,000th career point, but the team was unable to secure a victory.

    Senior Haley Wollerman on Monday became the 10th female member of the school’s 1,000-point club, six days after junior Amber Bruno also reached the milestone.

    “Hopefully, it will help us settle down and relax, but it’s a great accomplishment,” said coach Michelle McNary. “I knew a couple of years ago that they would have an opportunity to do this if they stayed healthy.”

  • St. Elmo routs MGHS; inducts to Wall of Fame

    The St. Elmo High School basketball team had little trouble handling Mulberry Grove on Saturday, the same night the school inducted new members to its Wall of Fame.

    Prior to the Eagles' 94-28 thrashing of the Aces, four individuals and one team were honored.

    Bob Olson, Bruce Williams, Dan Denton and Fred Moss were the individuals inducted, and the 1944-45 boys basketball team was also honored.

    The game, meanwhile, saw the Eagles take control immediately.

  • Field of Dreams committee holds first meeting of year

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee discussed many areas of business last Thursday at its first meeting of the year.

    •Work on the softball field renovation is mostly complete, but there are still two big sections that need to be finished.

    Neither of the storage garages on the sides of the dugouts have doors installed, and the committee wants that work done before the season to help ease with organization.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (Jan. 26)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who played this past week.

    Isaac Grapperhaus • Junior • Illinois College