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Today's News

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to both raise funds for the fight against all cancers and honor those who have battled the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia.
    The 2011 Fayette County Relay for Life is again being held in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The event gets under way with survivor registration at 4:30 p.m., when the grounds open, and closes with a ceremony at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
    The American Cancer Society event will again feature a variety of activities, including a survivor walk, luminaria ceremony and a lap of silence.

  • Murder trial delayed

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple was pushed back at the last minute due to a strategy change by his attorneys.
    And the judge overseeing the trial for Clifford Baker is expected to decide by Friday whether the teen’s murder trial will still be held in Fayette County.
    Baker, 16, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010. He is also charged with home invasion for allegedly entering another nearby home and attacking one of its residents.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team lost to Calhoun in the sectional championship game on Monday, 5-4.

    The Lady Aces scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and had two runners on when the final out was recorded.

    For Calhoun, it was the school's first-ever sectional title.

    A full story from the game will appear on Page 1B of the June 2 edition of The Leader-Union, and a photo gallery from both sectional tournament games will be posted on www.leaderunion.com later in the week.

  • Lady Aces to play for sectional title

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team will play for a sectional championship against Calhoun on Monday after defeating Marissa on Saturday, 4-3.

    That game will be held at Lebanon High School at 1 p.m.

    The Lady Aces never trailed against Marissa, holding, at worst, a tie at two after two innings. Mulberry Grove scored two more runs in the third, and held the Lady Meteors scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.

  • Austin, Bell out of state meet

    Vandalia senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin did not make it out of the preliminaries at the IHSA state meet on Thursday.

    Both, however, did finish in a higher place than they were seeded in each event.

    Bell, who was seeded last in the 800-meter run, finished in 26th place (of 42) in a time of 2:04.22. In the discus throw, Bell was seeded 37th and placed 34th, with a throw of 115 feet, 3 inches.

  • Chamber to hear about Ford Car Show

    Bill Haselhorst will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Haselhorst will talk about the Midwest All-Ford Nationals Car Show, scheduled for July 16-17 at Vandalia Lake.

    The chamber meeting is held in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a noon luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Mulberry Grove softball sectional game postponed

    The Mulberry Grove High School softball team's game against Marissa at the Lebanon sectional tournament that was scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. has been postponed until Saturday at 1 p.m.

    The winner of that game will play for the sectional championship on Monday. Any additional schedule changes will be posted here as they become available.

    Whichever team wins the sectional championship will play at the super-sectional in Raymond on Monday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    First Of All
    Please Attend the
    Brownstown Memorial Day Program…
    …which will be given by the Brownstown VFW Post 9770 on Monday at the Memorial Wall in the Brownstown City Park, at 11 a.m.

  • Frogtown News

    Auxiliary News
    The St. Peter American Legion Auxiliary Unit #380 met at the Legion home at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, with 15 members present.
    President Patti Taylor called the meeting to order and proceeded with the opening rituals. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, and also the treasurer’s report, since the Treasurer Arlene Lee was not present due to illness. Both reports were approved. A note from Lee was also read.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 25
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.