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Today's News

  • Lions announce Halloween parade winners

    Midland States Bank is the sponsor of the second-place float award.

  • Mulberry Grove man died in motorcycle crash

    A Mulberry Grove man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Danny White, 58, was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Route 140 about one mile west of County Road 300 East at about 6 p.m. when he failed to make a turn and crashed.

    Bowen pronounced White dead at the scene of the crash at 6:24 p.m.

  • St. Elmo beats Brownstown for regional title

    St. Elmo beat county rival Brownstown, 25-16, 25-22, to win its first regional championship since 2010 and end the Lady Bombers' program.

    Brownstown will co-op at St. Elmo next season.

    Seniors Savannah Feezel and Katie Stites led the attack, with sevenand six kills, respectively. Senior Megan Maxey added three aces, and senior Perry Manley had 17 assists for the Lady Eagles (27-9).

    For Brownstown (12-19), Courtney Howard had four kills, and Tara Johnson had three aces.

  • 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.