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Today's News

  • Another fund loan, different reason

    The Fayette County Board approved a budget amendment on Tuesday that includes another $250,000 transfer from the capital improvement fund, but not for the same reason as in the past.
    While the board has loaned money from the capital improvement fund in the past to meet payroll, this time the loan is to, among other things, take care of workers’ compensation expenses.

  • Meeting New Extension Director

    Local residents who are University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners talk with Carl Baker, the new Extension director for Fayette, Effingham, Jasper and Clay counties, during a reception at the Vandalia Extension office on Monday.
    A profile on Baker will appear in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Sheriff using Facebook

    Much of Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting was taken up by issues related to improving the operations of the county’s sheriff’s department, including the use of Facebook.
    During his report to the board, Sheriff Chris Smith said that he recently began posting outstanding warrants on his office’s Facebook page.
    In the short time that practice has been used, Smith said, “It’s drawing a lot of attention.
    “The success rate is extremely high,” he said.

  • VCC escapee charged Tuesday

    On the same day that a Centralia radio station erroneously reported that the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate who escaped last fall was being released on parole, that inmate was formally charged with escape in Fayette County.

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said on Tuesday afternoon that his office had filed information charging Marcus J. Battice with escape, a Class 2 felony.
    While the offense is ordinarily punishable by up to seven years in prison, Battice can be sentenced, if convicted, to up to 14 years.

  • Vandals take fourth at Princeton, Stewart wins title at 182

    Winning an individual title at the Princeton Invitational Wrestling Tournament is no easy task.
    But Vandalia's Jake Stewart pulled off the feat.
    A VCHS senior, Stewart took first place at 182 pounds at Saturday's event. The tourney is often referred to as "mini-state," due to the tough competition.
    And Stewart topped the field at 182, leading the Vandals to a fourth-place finish in the final team standings.

  • Lady Vandals hammer Cougars

    Ignited by a full-court press, the Vandalia Lady Vandals scored 22 straight points in the third quarter and rolled past South Central, 53-36, on Monday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a six-point lead at intermission, but then put on an intense full-court press right away in the third period. The press forced the Lady Cougars into numerous turnovers and allowed the Lady Vandals to go on a 22-0 run to put the game out of reach.
    By the time the third period came to an end, the hosts were up 45-17.

  • Well's clutch shot gives Vandals a win

    Richie Well said the extra pass was the key.
    His shot was pretty important, too.
    Well swished the game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds left, and the Vandalia Vandals earned a thrilling 56-55 victory over Altamont on Tuesday night.
    The Vandals trailed by two with time running out when Nathan Casey whipped a pass to Well in the corner. A sophomore guard, Well hit nothing but the net. The Indians couldn't get off a shot before time expired, and the Vandals were left celebrating an exciting home victory.

  • VHT: Comets reach new heights

    Greenville made history last Tuesday night.
    For the first time in the long history of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Greenville took home the tourney championship.
    Using a balanced attack, the Comets won the 43rd annual tournament by topping Flora, 46-32, in the title game.
    The Comets entered the event as the No. 1 seed, and they lived up to the billing, securing a place in the tourney's record book.
    And with a large crowd looking on, the Comets were the team left celebrating when the four-day event came to a conclusion on Tuesday night.

  • Despite scoring drought, Bulldogs take third place

    The St. Anthony Bulldogs went nearly the entire fourth quarter without a point.
    And they still won.
    St. Anthony held on late for a 44-35 win over Altamont on Tuesday night in the third-place game of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    Clinging to a slim lead, and watching Altamont make one last push, the Bulldogs went minute after minute of the final frame without scoring.
    St. Anthony finally stopped its long scoring drought with only 24 seconds left in the game, as Zach Gardewine made two free throws that sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

  • Area roundup: BSE girls win, Patoka boys cruise

    BROWNSTOWN — With three and a half minutes remaining in Monday's girls basketball game, the Brownstown/St. Elmo Bombers had a comfortable double-digit lead.
    Three minutes later, the game was on the line.
    But Gabi Moore made two late free throws, and the Lady Bombers held on for a 45-38 win over Altamont.
    Moore's free throws proved big down the stretch.
    "She stepped up and made her free throws at the end, so I'm really proud of Gabi," Pruett said.