Today's News

  • Lions' fireworks display now set for Sunday, Sept. 2
  • Zimmermans compete in many 4-H categories

    A visit to the Fayette County Fair-grounds Saturday afternoon found that, although the temperature was in the three-digit range, area 4-H kids were braving the heat to participate in the rabbit competitions.

  • Friedel making run for judicial post

    Fayette County residents will not see the name of Stephen G. Friedel on the ballot this November, but Shelby County residents will – for a different post than the one he holds here.

  • Pageantry at the Fair

    Pageants on Sunday and Monday evenings provided excitement on the first two days of the 2012 Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    In the first photo, Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia reacts as she is announced as the winner of this year's Junior Miss Fayette County Fair pageant on Sunday. In the second photo, NickWollerman puts his award-winning sheep on display for potential buyers at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction on Tuesday evening. Photo galleries from the fair will be online at www.leaderunion.com later this week.

  • Treasurer Options

    Vandalia’s aldermen did not, as planned, discuss at last week’s meeting possible raises for city officials who are elected next spring, or the recently discussed idea of eliminating the city treasurer position.
    But it did receive from the city’s legal counsel information on the treasurer issue.
    The city council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee – at the request of Mayor Rick Gottman – met on June 25 to begin discussing possible raises for city officials who will be elected next spring.

  • Vandalia native closes youth bowling career with international gold medal

    Waking up on the first day of team competition at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, the first thing that Jessica Earnest encountered was a plastic remote control holder – digging into her toe.

    Not realizing her toe was bleeding after stepping on it, the squeamish Vandalia native surprised even herself by not passing out when she turned over her foot to check out the damage.

  • Post 95 set for districts after wins

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team rebounded from its tough ouster at the Mattoon Firecracker Classic with a pair of wins over the weekend.

    Now, the focus will be on taking that momentum into the district tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Vandalia.

    “If we keep playing the way we are playing, I really think that we are capable of beating anybody,” said coach Andy Rincker of his 14-9 squad. “We are at least six deep on the mound, but it’s all going to come down to how we swing the bats.”

  • Vandalia softball beats county rival St. Elmo

    The Vandalia softball team pounded out double-digit run totals in both games of a doubleheader against St. Elmo last Thursday, picking its first two wins of the summer.

    “It feels better to win,” said coach Brian Buscher

    A winning streak would not ensue, however, as the Lady Vandals were swept by Greenville on Tuesday, 18-5 and 25-11.

    After allowing eight runs in the top of the first inning of game one, the Lady Vandals stormed back to win, 14-12.

    In game two, Vandalia took a 9-0 lead after three innings of a 12-6 victory.

  • Vandalia golfers finding success on SIGA Jr. Tour

    Two rising seniors at Vandalia Community High School have been finding success on the Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Tour this summer.

    Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken have a combined seven tournament wins in nine chances this summer.

    Most recently, each won in the 16-18 age division at the Gambit Junior Cup in Vienna by shooting a round under par, and Leiken won the Jackson Junior Tournament in Murphysboro on Monday, with an 82.

  • Area pro ballplayers struggling at season's start

    Two South Central High School graduates have started their seasons in professional rookie leagues.

    Tanner Bushue and Spencer Patton opened their seasons in late June, but have both struggled thus far.

    Bushue, a Houston Astros prospect who was demoted from the Class A Lexington Legends in May, was 0-2 with a 4.70 earned-run average in four relief appearances for the Greeneville Astros, who are based in Greeneville, Tenn.

    He has struck out six in 7 2/3 innings pitched.