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Today's News

  • Vandalia High School Softball Awards

    The Vandalia High School softball team held its banquet last week, and coach Brian Buscher handed out several awards.

  • Remember conservation compliance on new land

    This year is shaping up as an interesting one for Illinois crop producers.
    With high commodity prices tempting farmers to use every available acre of land, many producers have purchased or are renting land they aren’t familiar with.

  • Sharing the road with farmers

    With the spring planting season once again going strong, the Illinois State Police this week reminded motorists to continue to use caution while traveling on rural roadways.
    Rick Britton, District 12 commander, reminded motorists to be on the lookout for farmers as they move equipment from field to field.
    "They will be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less," he said. "Drivers should be aware and prepared to slow down when encountering farm vehicles. We want this to be a safe season for motorists and farmers alike."

  • Girls basketball camp

    Vandalia High School girls basketball coach Michelle McNary last week held a skills camp for girls in grades K-8.

  • Assistance available for flooding, tornadoes

    Crop and livestock farmers who have experienced damage from recent flooding or tornadoes are reminded that Farm Service Agency programs may be available to assist with their recovery.
    "Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many farmers," said Bruce Nelson, acting administer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. "Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step in the recovery process for producers."

  • Monster Racing

    The Monster Energy Sprint Car Series, a part of the Midwest Open Wheel Association, held a race at Fayette County Speedway last Friday night. Prior to the races, which were postponed due to rain, two cars were on display at Harmon's Market in Vandalia.

  • They're Baaaaaack!

    Cicadas emerged last week from their underground homes of the past 13 years and began their above-ground life cycle. The noisy insects inhabit wooded areas and the males can be heard "singing" to attract females. Their song has been described as a slow repetition of the word "pharaoh."

  • Community Sports Briefs (June 2)

    Special show coming to Fayette County Speedway on Friday

    A special show will take place at Fayette County Speedway on Friday, and the special show from last Friday, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up at a later date this summer.

    This Friday, the POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints will be featured at the speedway. Regular racing of modifieds, street stocks, hornets and team cars will also take place.

  • Bass Tournament (June 2)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 14.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 2, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 35 or 40 years ago at his birthday party, is a native of Fayette County. He can be seen on the streets of Vandalia during the daytime, and he can be seen in any one of three police uniforms in the evening hours.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Hoffman, Pete Bauerle, Gary Bauerle and Freddie Bauerle.
    Identifying them were: Linda Moreland, Danny Donaldson, Brenda Meyer, Peggy Hunt and Lindel Martie.