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Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Marty Johnson

    To Marty Johnson, it was just another shot.

    But the 3-pointer from the left wing had a perfect angle, and there was little doubt it would fall.

    And with the resounding swish of the net, he became the 25th male or female from Vandalia Community High School to score 1,000 career points, securing the landmark 10 minutes into a 73-41 loss to Teutopolis on Tuesday.

    "It's a real nice accomplishment to have," Johnson said. "But I give a lot of credit to my teammates. A lot of good players give me the ball when they could have shot."

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 20, 2011

    This week’s Scrambler:  fi oyu nurt eth nogamiainti seloo keil a gintnuh ogd, ti liwl tonfe nurter twih eht ribd ni sti tomuh.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can not read them. (Mark Twain)

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 20, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Area will take part in record attempt

    Do you want to be part of some history making?
    Your chance, my friend, is coming up in less than a month. On Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m., a momentous occasion will take place in the Old State Capitol in Vandalia, as an attempt will be made to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously.”  
    The text chosen is Lincoln’s Farewell Address, delivered 150 years ago at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11, 1861, before Lincoln left Springfield on his inaugural journey as president-elect to Washington, D.C.  

  • Give the voters the choice at the polls

    In a story on the front page of today's issue of The Leader-Union, we report that the attempt by two incumbent aldermen in St. Elmo to stay on the ballot in April has failed. The question that remains is this: Did the municipal electoral board make the right decision?

  • Myers carries on family quilting tradition

    One-year-old Serenity Myers cuddles and sleeps under a beautiful, unique, work of art, a quilt designed and stitched for her by her mother, Stephanie Myers.
    The quilt is in soft shades of brown and pink, and made of different materials and textures, but all coordinated. Pretty satin butterflies cavort and colorful flowers cheerily decorate the quilt, all designed and arranged by Stephanie.

  • School district's finances still good at halfway point

    In a meeting that lasted only 25 minutes, the Vandalia School Board handled several relatively minor items and heard that the district’s finances remain in good shape at the halfway point of the fiscal year.
    “We have solid balances in all our accounts,” Superintendent Rich Well told the board, noting that the district has a total balance of $6,393,219 and a balance of $5,013,621 in the four operating accounts.

  • Murder trial pushed back to April

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teenager charged with fatally shooting a couple living near his home has been pushed back to April.
    The trial for Clifford Baker was reset during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, after Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel said he needed time to review two pending motions filed by Baker’s attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville.
    McWard has filed a motion asking for the suppression of statements made by Baker after he was taken into custody.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    Two days after hearing testimony from several individuals, a St. Elmo electoral board ruled that incumbent aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter would be taken off the April 5 municipal election ballot.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    At this point, incumbent St. Elmo aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter are not on the April municipal ballot.

    An electoral board in that community released its ruling on Friday in which it sustained the objections to the nominating petitions filed by Carson and Porter.

    Rita Davis, Carson's opponent in April, objected to his petition, and Lyle Haslett objected to Porter's petition. Both objections stated that the incumbents should not appear on the ballot because their petitions did not contain enough signatures.