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Today's News

  • Brownstown HS girls start season 2-0

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball is off to a 2-0 start after winning its season-opener against Mt. Olive, 65-35, last Tuesday and its second game against Shelbyville, 51-37, last Thursday.

    The Bombers held Mt. Olive scoreless in the first quarter, while posting 18 points of their own. Brownstown held a 38-9 lead at halftime.

    Senior Abby Hill led the Bombers offense, scoring 22 points, while seniors Brooke Maxey and Morgan Myers each pulled down six rebounds.

  • Bolt family sorts members by jobs

    My column this week is taken from an article that appeared in the Dec. 11, 1930,  issue of The Ramsey News-Journal.
    The article caught my attention because the writer approached the Bolt family genealogy from a different direction.
    Rather than a recitation of all the names in the family, he categorized the family by occupation. How interesting!
    “The Bolt family in Carson, of Calvin, Matt, Abe, Mart and Craft, have given to the educational field of Fayette county 26 successful school teachers, a record hard to beat.

  • Vandalia seventh-grade girls set to play for regional crown

    Several area junior high seventh-grade girls basketball teams recently competed in regional tournaments.

    Vandalia

    Second-seeded Vandalia defeated No. 6 Brownstown, 34-16,  on Monday in the second round of the No. 13 Class 7-3A Regional Tournament at Greenville.

    The Vandals faced Central A&M for the regional title on Tuesday, but that game was not completed at press time.

    The results for that game will be posted on The Leader-Union’s website at www.leaderunion.com on Wednesday.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, there’s no better time to count our blessings.
    Many things come to mind: family, friends, freedoms. And if we're willing to be honest, most of us are blessed with material things as well. This year, in particular, we may not feel rich, but by the world’s standards, we are a wealthy nation. Our needs are minimal and our comforts are many.

  • This week's local sports schedule (Nov. 26-30)

    Friday Nov. 26
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    St. Anthony Turkey Tournament
    Vandalia vs. Mt. Zion, 4:30 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament
    Odin vs. Brownstown, 6 p.m.
    Sandoval vs. Mulberry Grove, 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Nov. 27
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    St. Anthony Turkey Tournament
    Vandalia vs. TBA
    Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament
    Brownstown vs. Mt. Olive, 6 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove vs. Odin, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday, Nov. 29
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Patoka vs. C.O.R.L.

  • Residents voice opposition to proposed tax rate increases

    Twenty residents showed up on Monday evening to hear about the city of Vandalia’s plan to consider raising three rates on its new tax levy, and more than a quarter of them voiced opposition to the plan.
    The city’s auditor, Timmermann and Co. Ltd., told city officials earlier this month that it could consider raising the corporate, fire protection and police protection rates to the maximum allowable by law as part of its effort to address a budget shortfall of about $250,000.

  • Teen fit to stand trial

    A rural Farina teen charged with murdering a Loogootee couple in their home in August has been ruled mentally fit to stand trial.
    In a brief hearing on Tuesday morning in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie of Shelby County accepted the mental evaluation on Clifford Baker as submitted by Dr. Fred Krug of Nashville.
    In performing the psychiatric evaluation, Krug conducted interviews and reviewed police reports as well as Baker’s school and medical records

  • Vandal wrestling to open season on Monday

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team will open its season with two home matches this week.

    The first, a freshmen/sophomore quadrangular, is on Monday at 6 p.m., and that will be followed by a varsity match against Belleville West on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Coach Jason Clay said the team might start slow this season as he slowly adjusts several freshmen and sophomores to high school wrestling, but he said the team should have no problems winning its 17th straight regional championship and sending several individuals to the state tournament.

  • Ramsey JH boys take second at own tournament

    RAMSEY – The Ramsey Junior High seventh-grade boys basketball team came within one shot of winning its own seventh-grade tournament.

    The Rams fought back from a 22-16 deficit to pull within one point of Sorento during the championship game on Saturday, but after Sorento took a 24-21 lead, Brady Black had a bad bounce on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game and forced overtime.

  • Depot burns again

     

    A little more than three years after a Vandalia restaurant and lounge was gutted by fire, and just eight months after new owners reopened the business, it was destroyed by an early-morning blaze.
    Investigators are continuing to look into the fire early last Thursday morning that burned out The Depot Steakhouse and Lounge, located in the structure in the 100 block of South Sixth St. that formerly served as the town’s railroad depot.