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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 23, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, who has farmed all his life in rural Vandalia, is turning 60 today. He is married and has four children (two girls and two boys). The two boys help him farm. If you know him, give him a call and wish him a happy birthday.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Zachary Ryan Townsend.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 23, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Springfield Calvary upset Shelbyville, the team rated No. 1 in Class A basketball, to win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Mario Brown of Calvary was named the tournament MVP.
    State Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), along with several representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, held a meeting at Days Inn in Vandalia to hear concerns about the future of Carlyle Lake. About 70 local residents attended the meeting.

  • VCHS girls alumni game
  • Was Abraham Lincoln really a Scrooge?

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Blog “From out of the Top Hat” has an entry this week about the Lincolns and Christmas, titled “Scrooge Lincoln?” It talks about how Christmas was just like any other day in the Lincoln White House, and the president, like Scrooge, saw no reason for the family and staff to act differently on that day. The blog is at www.alplm.org/blog. It is updated every Monday, and additional topic suggestions are always welcome.
    The text of the blog is presented below.

  • Jr. Wrestlers battle in Vandalia

    Saturday, Dec. 18

    at Vandalia

    6-and-under

    First place – Logan Nance

    First place – Dawson McKinney

    Second place – Derek Warren

    Second place – Easton Maroon

    Second place – Bryant Willms

    Second place – Conner Ray

    Third place – Luke Thompson

    Third place – Eric McKinney

    Fourth place – Owen Miller

    7- and 8-year-olds

  • Christmas memories center on families

    The Christmases of my childhood revolved around family.
    We would always visit Grandma Gum, my mother’s mom, on Christmas Day. On Thanksgiving Day, cousins would draw names for a gift exchange to be held at Christmas, and her house would be filled with aunts, uncles and cousins.  
    On Christmas Eve day, we were allowed to open one gift before we left for church.  Generally, it was a package that contained an outfit to wear to the Christmas program that evening. Most times, the outfit was made by mom.

  • Thompson named all-tournament as Patoka finishes sixth at Wayne City

    Senior Zach Thompson was named to the all-tournament team, but the Patoka High School boys basketball team lost to Zeigler-Royalton, 52-39, in the fifth-place game of the Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

    The tournament was pushed back because of inclement weather several times, postponing Patoka's games three times.

    By the time the weather cooperated, Patoka had gone 2-3, with wins against Grayville and Clay City.

  • Hayners typify area volunteers

    After what she had gone through just a few days before, no one would have questioned why Marlys Hayner wasn’t around to help hand out the Caring & Sharing baskets on Saturday, just as she has done for almost three decades.
    Last Tuesday night, Mrs. Hayner escaped serious injury, one that could have resulted in either one or two broken legs. But there she was on Saturday morning, walking around and, as is custom, offering holiday cheer to the recipients of those Christmas baskets.

  • Johnson has double-double in loss

    Ramsey senior Jordan Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome Sandoval in a 71-55 loss.

    The Rams (1-9) led by three at halftime and were tied with Sandoval at 44 after three periods, but they allowed 27 fourth-quarter points, while only scoring 11 themselves.

    Sandoval's Warren Jones scored 31 points in the contest, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Senior Blake Hadley led the Rams in scoring with 17.

  • VHS wrestlers record four pins in defeat of Civic Memorial

    Wednesday, Dec. 15

    vs. Civic Memorial

    Vandalia 54

    Civic Memorial 26

    103 – Keith McDonough (CM) won via forfeit

    112 – Gage Overton (CM) def. Tyler Dagen (V) in a major decision, 9-1

    119 – Tyler Brazier (CM) def. Trevor Alstat (V) by fall at 4:34

    125 – Justin Hill (V) def. Ryan Null (CM) by fall at 1:53

    130 – David Pearce (CM) def. Seth Purcell (V) by fall at 3:31