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Today's News

  • County board OKs balanced budget

    The Fayette County Board passed on Tuesday what it hopes will be a balanced budget.
    Several factors, however, could dash their hopes.
    The budget approved by the board estimates general fund revenues in the coming fiscal year, which begins on Dec. 1, to total $4,323,214, and expenditures at $4,374,956.
    But that deficit turns into a surplus of about $255,000 with carryover revenue that exceeded the projected revenue amount for this fiscal year, according to board Chairman Steve Knebel.

  • Re-aligned SCC changes winter athletic play

    The revamped South Central Conference debuts this school year, and prior to each season, The Leader-Union will be asking Vandalia’s coaches how they think the changes will affect their team.

    A list of all of the changes follows.

    1)    Gillespie and Staunton have replaced East Alton-Wood River and Marquette Catholic.
    2)    There will no longer be divisional play in any sport, with all teams that used to have divisions to play one game that counts in the conference standings.

  • South Central coaches excited about NTC

    FARINA – South Central High School has joined the National Trail Conference this season, coming into the NTC at the same time Teutopolis is leaving.

    South Central has previously been in the Midland Trail Conference for many years.

    Prior to each sports season, The Leader-Union will be asking South Central’s coaches how they think the conference switch will affect their team.

    Boys basketball

    Though South Central is new to the NTC, the boys basketball team has played many of the conference’s teams in the past.

  • Field of Dreams works to nail down finances

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee took care of some offseason business at Tuesday’s meeting, and also took a big step toward straightening out its future financial success.

    A motion was carried to use the current money saved in the bank for operating expenses, while using any additional revenue that comes in by the middle of summer to be put toward making a loan payment.

  • Lady Cougars drop first NTC game

    The Lady Cougars lost their first-ever National Trail Conference game on Monday in a 50-14 win for conference favorite Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

    Senior Macie Cain had a team-high six points for South Central (0-1, 0-1 NTC), while freshman Lauren Lotz had five rebounds.

    Jenna Rose, a sophomore, added four points, and senior Taylor Keen and Lotz each had two points.

  • Vandals open season at South Central next Tuesday

    The Vandals will open the 2012-13 basketball season against a county rival next Tuesday.

    South Central will host the Vandals in both teams’ season-opener and coach Brian Buscher’s debut as Vandalia head coach.

    For the Cougars, senior Fischer Tharp will be looking to score his 1,000th career point. He needs 20 points in the game, and in last season’s matchup, he was able to score 18 in a 53-36 Vandalia victory.

  • Lady Vandals begin season Monday at Litchfield

    The Lady Vandals have added a third tournament to their regular-season schedule, and that is where they will open the 2012-13 season.

    On Monday, Vandalia will play its first game in the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament, taking on Nokomis at about 7:45 p.m. That game will begin after the conclusion of the 6 p.m. game.

    The tournament runs through next Saturday, and the Lady Vandals play four games.

  • Mulberry Grove/Ramsey Tourney begins early next week

    The Mulberry Grove/Ramsey Super Turkey Tournament opens early next week at both high schools.

    The tournament runs through next Saturday, with the finals being held at Ramsey, starting at 2 p.m.

    The championship game will start at about 8 p.m.

    At Ramsey on Monday, Christ Our Rock Lutheran will take on Patoka at 6:15 p.m., and Ramsey will face Cowden-Herrick at 7:45 p.m.

    At Mulberry Grove on Tuesday, Odin will battle Brownstown at 6:15 p.m., and Sandoval will take on Mulberry Grove at 7:15 p.m.

  • Variety of YMCA programs are open for registration

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County are several programs currently open for registration.

    For more information about any of the following programs, contact Program Director Amber Daulbaugh at 283-1258 or adaulbaugh@fayetteymca.com.

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    The YMCA will be hosting a Parents' Night Out program for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, Dec. 1.
    Registration cost is $10 and $5 for siblings, and will begin at 5:15. Parents may pre-regsiter at the YMCA.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Nov. 15)

    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 recently made headlines.