Today's News

  • Paine is Lenten speaker

    Ryan Paine will speak at the second Lenten Luncheon, on March 7, at First Church of God, from noon-1 p.m.

  • Online History & Memories

    What started out as a discussion between two women on Facebook about some of the things from Vandalia’s past quickly developed into a Facebook page that is documenting the town’s history.

  • Cameras in the Courtroom

    While the Illinois Supreme Court has given its OK for cameras in Illinois courts, it’s not likely that you’ll see any cameras in Fayette County’s courtrooms in the near future.
    And even if you did, the coverage that you see in this county will be different than that in the state’s metropolitan areas.
    Judge Gene Schwarm, Fayette County’s resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, points out that the Supreme Court’s decision allows circuits to apply for participation in what is essentially a test.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Donald R. Vanhoose, 21, RR 1, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Feb. 28 on a charge of theft of $500 and under. Bond was $20,000.
    • Bryer N. Wemple, 23, 1313 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 28 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, concealing a fugitive and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Jeffrey A. Steinkamp, 24, 1313 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $10,000.

  • Pana man killed in wreck Sunday morning

    A Pana man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about three miles north of Ramsey late Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Avgary G. Kehias, 88, was northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 11:13 a.m. when the vehicle left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Kehias was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Bowen pronounced Kehias dead at Fayette County Hospital.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 1

    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, March 2

    ✔ The Fayette County Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, Seventh and St. Clair streets, Vandalia. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Carry-outs are available.
     Saturday, March 3

  • St. Elmo Eagles win second straight regional championship

    The St. Elmo boys basketball team won its second straight regional championship last Friday, defeating Altamont, 43-34.

    The win was the fourth against the Indians this season and earned St. Elmo a trip to the Bridgeport Sectional for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

    Results of that game will be posted at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday morning.

    The game will be contested against Woodlawn (24-5), the team that knocked St. Elmo (22-7) out of the sectional tournament last season.

  • Vandals routed by Lena-Winslow in team state quarterfinals

    BLOOMINGTON – Junior Zach Jackson had the team’s lone pin, and the Vandalia wrestlers’ only other victory on Saturday came from senior Dayin Godberson during a 58-9 loss to Lena-Winslow at the team state tournament.

    A loss in the first-round match was not out of the question, considering Lena-Winslow had five individual state placers, but no one expected a 49-point defeat, which was the worst showing of any team in any class at the tournament.

    Included were six Vandalia wrestlers getting pinned in less than two minutes.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional title game

    PANA – Vandalia’s season came to a close after last Friday’s loss to Pana in the regional championship game, but this season’s regional tournament will be an event the players will always remember.

    After getting comeback wins in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, the Vandals tried to parlay that momentum into a win against the Panthers, which had beaten Vandalia three times during the regular season.

    But once again, Pana proved to be just too good in its 57-43 win.

  • Overtime thriller put Vandalia in title game

    PANA — Facing a 17-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter made it seem that the Vandalia boys basketball season was all but over.

    A 16-0 run, which lasted just 2:09 and was sparked by a seven-point possession 1:30 into the final period, changed the dynamics dramatically last Wednesday against Carlyle, and helped the Vandals tie the game at 49 and eventually win 55-52 in overtime.