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Today's News

  • The College Report will soon return to the LU

    The College Report is slated to return to The Leader-Union in September.

    Before that happens, we need help from you, the reading public. We are looking for names of athletes to include for the 2011-12 school year.

    There are only two rules to be included in this column. One is the athlete must be a resident of Fayette County or be a graduate of a high school normally covered by The Leader-Union.

    Secondly, they have to be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen school competes against other colleges/universities.

  • Prep scores and schedules (Sept. 1)

    VANDALIA GOLF
    Aug. 29
    at Shoal Creek
    Team Scores:
    •Raymond, 167
    •Vandalia, 183
    •Litchfield, 185
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 37
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 46
    •Zach Schaal, 46
    •Josh Lawson, 47
    •Leyton Godoyo, 51
    Record: 3-4

    Aug. 25
    vs. Ramsey/Altamont
    Team Scores:
    •Vandalia, 170
    •Altamont, 189
    •Ramsey, 262
    Individual Scores:
    •Blake Swofford, 40
    •Josh Lawson, 41
    •Zach Jackson, 44
    •Derrick Herker, 45
    •Zach Schaal, 48
    •Leyton Godoyo, 59
    Record: 3-3

    VANDALIA TENNIS
    Aug. 25
    Marquette 9, Vandalia 0
    Singles:

  • Ramsey beats Mulberry Grove in third-place game

    RAMSEY – Each Rams batter reached base at least once, and junior Tyler Pryor and sophomore Tylor Knisley allowed just two hits last Friday, as the Ramsey High School baseball team defeated Mulberry Grove, 7-0, for third place at the Ramsey Tournament.

    Pryor did not overpower the Aces – recording just three strikeouts in four innings – but he let his defense make plays behind him, inducing three pop-ups and six grounders.

    Knisley struck out three in two innings of work to close out Ramsey's first win of the season.

  • Season-ending slo-pitch tourney won by Buckstop

    Buckstop Archery’s Justin Atwood last Thursday was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia men’s slo-pitch league’s season-ending double-elimination tournament.

    Atwood allowed one earned run in four games during the tournament to help Buckstop take the title.

    Buckstop was also the regular-season champions and Atwood the regular-season MVP.

    All-Tournament Team
    P – Justin Atwood, Buckstop
    C – Justin Durbin, Buckstop
    1B – Jon Keck, Keck’s
    2B – Drew Jones, K-Moe’s
    3B – Tony Alstat, K-Moe’s
    SS – Josh Atwood, Buckstop
    OF – Brent Bayles, Buckstop
    OF – Jon Lotz, Keck’s

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (Aug. 13)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13.

  • New teachers' contract approved

    One week after teachers in the Vandalia district approved a new one-year contract, the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday also OK’d the pact.

    Both sides agreed to a contract that gives teachers a 2 percent raise and offers more options for health insurance. Though no increase was granted in the benefits package to cover additional health insurance premiums, the district made available two higher-deductible plans that will lower teachers’ premium payments. The teachers previously had only two plans from which to choose.

  • Vandals beat EAWR in opener

    WOOD RIVER — Four players scored touchdowns to help the Vandalia High School football team win its season-opener at East Alton-Wood River on Friday, 27-6.

    Seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick, and juniors Tim Ritchey and Ryan Ambuehl each scored for the Vandals during the game, which was the fifth straight win against the Oilers.

    EAWR scored toward the end of the second quarter, but did not threaten during the third or fourth.

    A full recap of the game will appear in the Sept. 1 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Football scheduling changes

    The Vandalia JV football game scheduled for Monday has been relocated, and the freshman football game scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

    The Vandals JV squad on Monday was scheduled to play Greenville at home, but due to the ongoing construction of the all-weather track, the game has been moved to Greenville.

    On Thursday, the freshmen were scheduled to play at home against Carlinville, but the game has been canceled.

  • Frogtown News

    Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)
    Mr. O. (“O” for ornery) Possum is the most likely candidate, but they are usually known to be nocturnal critters, we thought. However, I remember during a lot of ice and snow one winter, a very big, fat possum came up to our ground-level bird feeder to eat scraps in broad daylight.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)