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Today's News

  • Public record (Sept. 1, 2011)

    Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:

  • Hummingbirds flock to Wilhelm's feeders

    Sharon Wilhelm enjoys the tranquility of sitting on her front porch in the evenings, watching the many hummingbirds flock to  her feeders, and hearing the constant whirring of their wings as they fly about.

    The surrounding, scenic, view is also comforting and remindful of pleasant memories, as she was born and lived in a house in the woods nearby, until her father built the present house when she was 4 years old.

    Meet Sharon as she shares her enjoyment of the hummingbirds and some of her childhood memories of her rural Brownstown home.

  • Vandalia homecoming court named

    The Vandalia Community High School homecoming court was recently selected. 

    Homecoming will be celebrated at the Sept. 9 football game.

  • Community Calendar (Sept. 1)

    Thursday, September 1

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Prairie Tractor

    More Prairie Days photos appear on Page 8B of the Sept. 1, 2011 issue, and more will be online at www.leaderunion.com later this week.

  • Regional superintendents caught in the political crossfire

    Julie Wollerman has a job to do, and she’s not going to let a little thing like a paycheck get in the way.

    She – like all the regional superintendents of schools around the state – hasn’t seen the eagle fly since July 1, yet she is still on the job. And it doesn’t look like anything will be changing soon.

    “People ask me why I don’t just quit working,” Wollerman said.

  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Hosick

    WOOD RIVER – Bryan Hosick rumbled through the night against East Alton-Wood River last Friday.

    The Vandalia senior carried the ball just six times for the Vandals during a 27-6 season-opening win, but all but one of those dashes were at least 10 yards, and two of them – a 34-yard scamper and a shifty 68-yard run – set up Vandal touchdowns.

    “The line blocked awesome, and there were holes everywhere,” Hosick said. “It was easy to run like that.”

    His 144 yards were more than double his career-high of 67 yards, which he gained against Roxana last season.

  • Vandalia Fall Leaders (Week 1)

    See the photo below to see Vandalia's team leaders through the first week of the fall season.

  • Vandals open season with fifth straight win against EAWR

    WOOD RIVER – Four different Vandalia High School football players scored touchdowns during a 27-6 win against East Alton-Wood River last Friday night in what is likely to be the final conference game between the schools.

    Juniors Ryan Ambuehl and Tim Ritchey, and seniors Levi Ulmer and Bryan Hosick all scored in the last game against EAWR before the South Central Conference re-aligns at the start of next season.

  • Lady Vandals down EAWR to win opener

    Junior RaChelle Leiken had a nice introduction to Lady Vandals volleyball.

    On the first point of Tuesday night's South Central Conference match, senior Haley Wollerman set the ball to
    Leiken, a transfer student from Oregon, who promptly dropped an authoritative kill in between two East Alton-Wood River players.

    Vandalia would continue on from there, using high-flying leaps and powerful kills throughout the match to beat the Lady Oilers, 25-10, 25-19.

    "The initial pre-game jitters needed to get out of our system," said coach Allison Brown. "But overall, we played well."