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Today's News

  • Former South Central pitcher drafted by Royals

    Former South Central High School pitcher Spencer Patton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round (726th overall) of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday night.

    "I could not be happier," Patton said. "I was willing to play for anyone that was willing to give me the chance to play.

    "I like the way (the Royals) handle their minor leagues," he said. "They bring in raw talent and build their players."

  • City eliminates director of economic development/tourism

    As part of their effort to finalize a balanced budget, the Vandalia City Council on Monday acted on personnel matters that included the elimination of the director of economic development and tourism position.

    In addition to terminating the post held by JoAnn Sasse Givens, the council also approved three layoffs -Brian Tedrick of public works department, Judy Kaiser of the city clerk's office and Linda Townsend, custodian at city hall and the public safety building.

    For the complete story, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • UPDATE-Friday, 2:45 p.m.: Murder trial to stay in Fayette County

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple is now scheduled to begin on Aug. 15, and it's scheduled to be held in Fayette County.

    In a written ruling he issued late this week, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which attorneys for Clifford Baker asked that his trial be moved to another county.

  • Kern named VJHS principal

    Brian Kern, assistant principal Vandalia Community High School for the past five years, has been named principal of Vandalia Junior High School. His selection was made by the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting Thursday night.

    He replaces Rod Grimsley, who announced in mid May that he had accepted the superintendent’s position at Gifford Grade School in Champaign County.

  • VCHS Scholarship Recipients
  • Village-wide garage sales Friday and Saturday in Brownstown

    The village of Brownstown will host village-wide garage sales from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. this Friday and from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday.
    Garage sale maps are available at Victory Lane and Mark's Cafe in Brownstown.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Freedom-What a Beautiful Word…
    …and what a terrible, great cost to be able to enjoy our freedom in America.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Grandparents
    Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday through Monday with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 1
    • A reminder that youth age 8 and older may enroll in a three-day photography workshop that will be given at the Vandalia Extension Office from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 6; Wednesday, June 8; and Friday, June 10. Reservations have to be made by this Wednesday. There is no cost for 4-H members, and the cost is $10 for non-4-H youth. Call 283-2753 to register.

  • Benton awarded scholarship

    Donovan Benton is among a highly select group of scholarship recipients attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Engineering this fall.
    Benton has been awarded a $5,6oo Thomas J. Murray scholarship for continuing studies in mining engineering. He is a Tau Beta Pi initiate and Alpha Lambda Delta initiate, and he received scholastic honors.
    He is the son of Brenda and Donald Benton of Vandalia, and grandson of Jim and Wilma Shoemaker of Centralia.