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Today's News

  • Folta – Schilling

    Jessika Folta and C.J. Schilling, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Field of Dreams donors honored; throw out ceremonial first pitch
  • Koester – 50 Years

    Howard and Carol Koester of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children  from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at Liberty Christian Church, Brownstown.

  • Board approves bid for all-weather track

    A bid for the construction of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was approved by the school board on Monday.

    The bid, which came from National Erectors in Highland, was $502,500, slightly higher than the $500,000 the school received in funding.

    It had been higher, but the school opted to cut out some less important features, including paving the walkway between the high school and junior high school, asphalting the gravel area near the ticket window and some of the reworked fencing.

  • Lady Aces get 3rd in own tournament

    MULBERRY GROVE – Playing without its top pitcher, the Mulberry Grove High School softball team went 1-1 to finish third at its own tournament on Saturday.

    Sophomore Becca Oldham was involved in a car accident on Saturday morning and was unable to pitch for the Lady Aces, but Megan Blankenship, a junior, filled in and pitched well, according to coach John Barnes.

    “She got some innings she normally wouldn’t have gotten,” Barnes said. “She showed that she could step up.”

  • Lady Eagles meeting expectations

    The high expectations bestowed on the St. Elmo High School softball team before the season are coming to fruition, as the Lady Eagles are off to a 4-4 start, a good beginning toward their goal of winning 20 games.

    St. Elmo vs. Vandalia
    The Lady Eagles were no-hit by Vandalia on Tuesday during a 6-0 loss.

    Four Lady Eagles reached base in the game, however.

    Senior Brooke Maxey made it the farthest, reaching second on an error in the fourth and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Myers.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured several years ago, is well known in Fayette County for her love of history. She is a mother and a grandmother.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Eagles at .500 after suffering three losses

    The St. Elmo High School baseball is at .500 after losing three games last week.

    The Eagles have a 6-6 record.

    St. Elmo at Cumberland
    St. Elmo lost its third straight game on Tuesday, falling to Cumberland, 14-4.

    Nine different Cumberland players had at least one hit, as the Pirates scored 13 runs in the first three innings.

    St. Elmo scored in the top of the first on a single by Woodsen Savage. Four others would have at least one hit, including two from Blaine Scholes.

  • Above the bar
  • The Way We Were-April 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – After learning its insurance carrier, the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust, had added a new surcharge late in 1995, the Fayette County Board decided to look at other insurance providers.
    Dustin Sefton and Christy Yokley were crowned king and queen at Brownstown High School’s prom.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was getting ready to proceed with the construction of its welcome sign.
    Fayette County Hospital announced that it was adding a home health program.