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Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 31)

    Many athletes who 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.

  • PHOTOS: Youth Focus (Jan. 31)

    Photos from events at the YMCA.

  • PHOTOS: JV Corner (Jan. 31)

    JV photos from the past week.

  • PHOTO: Fourth-graders win tournament

    The fourth-grade boys basketball team is shown with its first-place plaque from the Salem Invitational.

  • Vandalia man found dead Monday morning

    A Vandalia man was found dead in a wooded area south of Vandalia late Monday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he believes that 22-year-old Justin Wyatt died from hypothermia sometime on Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday evening in Effingham.

  • Vandalia School District to make cuts

    The Vandalia School District will meet in special session on Wednesday evening to act on district cuts.

    The 5 p.m. meeting will include reports and presentations on proposed athletic, fine arts and district cuts.

    After a closed session, the meeting agenda states, the school board will act on a deficit reduction plan and expenditure cuts for the next school year.

    Prior to the board meeting, at 2:30 p.m., district officials will meet with Vandalia Unit Teachers Association representatives.

  • Flowers, Lindberg honored with Abe Awards

    Two men who have made significant contributions to the Vandalia area received Abe Awards from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

    The awards, presented at the chamber’s annual banquet, were given to businessman Tony Flowers and FAYCO Enterprises executive director Bob Lindberg.

     Also at the banquet, outgoing chamber president Ben Timmermann passed the gavel to incoming president Greg Starnes.

    A full story about the banquet and the Abe Awards will be included in next week’s Leader-Union.

  • Jr. Vandals are regional champions

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or for that matter that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.

  • Lady Vandals pick up OT win on senior night

    On senior night, the Lady Vandals got 29 points from senior Amber Bruno and used a 7-0 run at the start of the overtime period on Thursday night to pick up a 66-56 South Central Conference win against Roxana.

    Junior Kaitlyn Kershaw made a game-tying layup with about two minutes left in regulation, and freshman Madelyn Hosick blocked a second-chance shot in the waning seconds to force the extra period.

    Morgan Cripe, a junior, assisted Kershaw on that basket, and had a double-double for the Lady Vandals (9-16, 2-6 SCC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Vandals celebrate seniors with exciting quad

    VANDALIA – Two veteran wrestlers both went 3-0 in their final home regular-season event on Saturday at Vandalia High School.

    Zach Jackson and Sean Newcomb each had a perfect day as the Vandals went 2-1 in a quadrangular against Clinton, Beardstown and PORTA.

    Newcomb had three pins, while Jackson had a pin, a 6-4 win and a forfeit victory for the Vandals (19-10).