Today's News

  • Beasley shines in shutout of Route 40 rival

    ST. ELMO – Senior Connor Beasley set the school record for strikeouts, and the Eagles offense took advantage of several Brownstown errors to pick up a win on Monday night.

    Beasley struck out 19 batters in a record-breaking performance that left the Bombers with just two hits and St. Elmo with an 8-0 win in one of the last games between the two schools before they co-op in baseball next season.

  • News Briefs

    Man dies from gunshot wound

    A rural Ramsey man died on Monday from a single gunshot wound, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.
    Bowen pronounced the man, 62-year-old Kenneth Evans, dead at the scene, and said that the gunshot wound was apparently self-inflicted.
    Bowen is continuing to investigate the death.

    Band Boosters accept items for sale

    The Vandalia Band Boosters are asking for items to be donated for a rummage sale it will hold on Saturday, April 20, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Pittsburg man pleads guilty to federal charge

    On April 5, Jason Scott Byrley, 35, of Pittsburg pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2008 and Jan. 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin counties.
    Byrley’s offense carries possible penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years’ supervised release. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.

  • Mulvaney gets 30 years in prison

    A Farina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes.
    At the end of March, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm sentenced Ryan E. Mulvaney on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
    Mulvaney was found guilty of those four counts, each a Class 2 felony, in a two-day jury trial that was completed on Nov. 17 of last year.
    Schwarm ordered that two 12-year sentences and one six-year sentence were to be served consecutively, and that a third 12-year sentence was to be served concurrently.

  • PHOTO: Banal makes college choice

    Ramsey senior Peyton Banal on Monday signed a letter of intent to play softball for St. Charles (Mo.) Community College.

  • Vandals can't find big hit in loss to Altamont

    VANDALIA – The Vandals had several base runners, but never could find a big hit to drive them home on Tuesday in a loss to Altamont.

    Six runners were left in scoring position and 11 total runners were stranded as the Indians used a late push to take a 10-1 victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    “We had the bases loaded a couple of times, and we just have to come up big in those situations,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “I am confident we will get there with these guys.”

  • Vandals 1-1, Bombers 0-2 at round-robin

    VANDALIA – Hits were hard to find for the Vandals and Bombers in the first game of Saturday’s round-robin in Vandalia, and one run was enough for Vandalia to secure the win.

    Both teams had three hits in the game, but a first-inning RBI infield single by Michael Wells was enough to give the Vandals the 1-0 victory

    “I thought that we could have put the ball in play some more, but I am happy we came away with a win,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Kyle Reiss.
    Identifying him were: Mike and Barb Reiss, and Phil and Linda Rebbe.
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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: An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

  • Lady Vandals Insider: Plenty of players available for softball team

    VANDALIA – It’s hard to say if the Lady Vandals will ever have a true group of regular starters this season.

    With some 15 players who have proven they deserve playing time, coach Brian Buscher has employed several different lineups already this spring to give as many players as possible the chance to get on the field.

    “We’ve basically played 14 players, and Kylie Sellers will hopefully be back next week, so that’s 15 in the rotation,” Buscher said. “The girls will have be patient.”

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state's economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar pro-claimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state's first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were ar-rested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.