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Today's News

  • Boys basketball teams open summer season

    Vandalia and Brownstown High Schools opened their summer boys basketball seasons at the Vandal Shootout.
    Both teams played four games on Monday, with each earning one win.

    In Vandalia's first game against Carlyle, it held an early lead, but a barrage of 3-pointers from the Indians in the second half propelled them ahead. They would win, 52-42.

    Vandalia would fall in the second game, losing to Columbia, 46-27.

    In the afternoon, the Vandals would lose a lopsided game to Trico, and defeat Flora, which was not playing with stars Paul Knapp and Nick Painter.

  • Speed Racer

    Darren Kingston, of Vandalia, was racing at Fayette County Speedway last Friday, as part of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series. Kingston did not make the feature race,

  • Local youngsters take part in sports camps

    Several area youngsters took part in sports camps last week, and they are pictured.

  • Sports Briefs (June 9)

    Several Vandalia players named All-SCC for spring season

    Five softball players and two baseball players from Vandalia were named all-conference by the South Central Conference.

    They join senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin, who received All-SCC honors by winning races at the boys conference track meet, as Vandalia athletes to be honored in the spring.

    Freshman Megan Godoyo was named to the softball team twice, as a first-team pitcher and as a second-team designated hitter.

  • Fayette County Speedway results from June 3

    Lucas Oil POWRi
    National Midget Series
    Heat 1
    1 11C Chet Gehrke
    2 05 Brad Loyet
    3 15H Scott Hatton
    4 21 Chris Bell
    5 19 John Campbell
    6 81 Chad Shields
    7 94 Darren Kingston
    8 96 Kyle Steffens
    9 12J Jay Mounce
    Heat 2
    1 401K Daniel Adler
    2 11A Andrew Felker
    3 37 Seth Motsinger
    4 13 Matt Smith
    5 39 Jake Blackhurst
    6 86C Dave Camfield Jr
    7 82 Eric Johnson
    8 40 Ted Kirkpatrick
    9 5 Danny Frye DNS
    Heat 3
    1 11 Brett Anderson
    2 25M Derrick Myers
    3 7 Austin Brown
    4 2A Travis Berryhill
    5 35R Derek Rossio
    6 57 Daniel Robinson
    7 20 Cody Weisensel
    8 41 Brandon Waelti

  • Former St. Elmo pitcher drafted by Colorado Rockies

    Former St. Elmo High School pitcher Logan Mahon was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday night.

    "They called me (Tuesday) morning, and I talked to the area scout (for the Rockies)," Mahon told the Southeast Missourian. "He told me they were going to draft me before the 30th round, but I was really unsure.

    "I was hoping it would be (Tuesday). Then when they called and said they had taken me in the 22nd round, I was ecstatic."

  • 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.