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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 2

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way. The lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., weather permitting.
    The pool hours for the season are: Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only and Sunday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There must be at least 10 people present to open to pool on days or evenings with questionable weather.
    Admission is $4, and ages 4 and under are admitted free
    Those children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper (Little Swimmers). Diapers and rubber pants are not allowed, due to health concerns.

  • Vandalia Idol judges picked

    Judges for the inaugural Vandalia Idol competition held by Soroptimist International of Vandalia have been announced.
    • Neil Clark has been performing, singing and playing music for more than 60 years,and has served as a judge in several talent contests in the past.
    • Mike Register is the director of the Kaskaskia College choir, as well as a music and voice instructor at KC.

  • After being a POW, Filer came home to work

    Last week, 90-year-old Miles Filer shared his story about serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Army Airborne Division; his jump over Normandy on D-Day; his capture by the Germans; and 11 months as a prisoner of war, nine of which he worked in a coal mine in Czechoslovakia, until the war was over.

    May 1945
    The war was over – Miles Filer was rescued from a POW camp, returned home after an honorable discharge and began life again as a civilian.

  • Honoring Our Veterans
  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to both raise funds for the fight against all cancers and honor those who have battled the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia.
    The 2011 Fayette County Relay for Life is again being held in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The event gets under way with survivor registration at 4:30 p.m., when the grounds open, and closes with a ceremony at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
    The American Cancer Society event will again feature a variety of activities, including a survivor walk, luminaria ceremony and a lap of silence.

  • Murder trial delayed

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple was pushed back at the last minute due to a strategy change by his attorneys.
    And the judge overseeing the trial for Clifford Baker is expected to decide by Friday whether the teen’s murder trial will still be held in Fayette County.
    Baker, 16, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010. He is also charged with home invasion for allegedly entering another nearby home and attacking one of its residents.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team lost to Calhoun in the sectional championship game on Monday, 5-4.

    The Lady Aces scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and had two runners on when the final out was recorded.

    For Calhoun, it was the school's first-ever sectional title.

    A full story from the game will appear on Page 1B of the June 2 edition of The Leader-Union, and a photo gallery from both sectional tournament games will be posted on www.leaderunion.com later in the week.

  • Lady Aces to play for sectional title

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team will play for a sectional championship against Calhoun on Monday after defeating Marissa on Saturday, 4-3.

    That game will be held at Lebanon High School at 1 p.m.

    The Lady Aces never trailed against Marissa, holding, at worst, a tie at two after two innings. Mulberry Grove scored two more runs in the third, and held the Lady Meteors scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.

  • Austin, Bell out of state meet

    Vandalia senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin did not make it out of the preliminaries at the IHSA state meet on Thursday.

    Both, however, did finish in a higher place than they were seeded in each event.

    Bell, who was seeded last in the 800-meter run, finished in 26th place (of 42) in a time of 2:04.22. In the discus throw, Bell was seeded 37th and placed 34th, with a throw of 115 feet, 3 inches.