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Today's News

  • Jackson pleased with win over Roxana

    The Vandals contained Roxana’s 6-foot-8 center and made runs every time the Shells crept toward taking a lead during a 63-51 home win on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Hunter Reine came into the game averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds, and while he scored 23 points for Roxana on Tuesday, he wasn’t a big factor on defense, grabbing just nine rebounds.

    “Holding him down on the boards might have been more important than holding him down on points,” said Vandalia coach Kevin Jackson.

  • Ramsey 8th graders make state tourney

    ST. ELMO – Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    “Ramsey doesn’t necessarily have the rich tradition in winning,” Belusko said. “I told them, ‘Just because we have a certain name on the front of our uniform doesn’t mean anything. There’s nothing that says we can’t come out and do great things.’”

  • Two seniors, two juniors and a freshman qualify for this weekend's IHSA individual state tournament

    Five of eight Vandalia wrestlers qualified for the individual state tournament in front of a home crowd on Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Individual Sectional Tournament.

    Senior Justin Hill (125) and junior Levi Ulmer (171) each won sectional championships, and senior John Vosholler (140), junior Daniel Edwards (152) and freshman C.J. Runkel (135) each placed third in his weight classes to advance.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 17, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Maurice Whitford.
    Identifying him was: Mary Cripe.
    This week’s Scrambler:  lewl-drimare, a amn si degniw; lli chetdam, eh si dleksach.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. (Bertrand Russell)

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A big crowd turned out on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, to welcome home the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team, the new state champions in Class A.
    South Central won the Class A Regional Tournament in St. Elmo, defeating Patoka, 80-55, in the championship game.
    Judge Harold Pennock III of Centralia took under advisement a request for a new trial for Stuart Heaton of Bluff City. Heaton was convicted the year before of murdering 16-year-old Krystal Lynn Naab of rural Ramsey.

  • Lincoln is only president to hold a patent

    I learned something new about President Abraham Lincoln last week while reading the “Historical Sketch” section of the Mt. Pulaski Times. President Lincoln held a patent.
    He gave his invention the title, “A Device For Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” for which he received Patent No. 6,469. It was recorded on May 22, 1849, in the U.S. Patent Office.

  • Remember Lincoln beyond this week

    If you are an Abraham Lincoln buff, Vandalia was the place to be this past weekend.
    From young to old – and everyone in between – there was some Lincoln activity going on. It’s a time rich in historical importance, as it marked the 150th anniversary of newly elected President Lincoln’s departure for Washington as well as the beginning of the events that launched the Civil War.

  • Puleo gives family gift to mother

    As February is traditionally the month for expressions of love, Wanda Puleo’s labor of love,  a gift  to her mother, seemed to be an appropriate valentine story this week.
    Meet Wanda Puleo and her extraordinary 100-year-old mother.
    As the 100th birthday of Wanda Puleo’s mother, Ethel Pittman, approached, Wanda wanted to give a special, meaningful, gift to a very special, alert, mentally active and up-to-date lady.

  • Lincoln Remembered

  • FutureGen 2.0 & CO2 storage

    Anytime now, Vandalia and Fayette County officials are likely to find out whether the team they are part of has been selected for the underground storage of carbon dioxide.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have joined with Bloomington-based Willow Grove Carbon Solutions in presenting an application that proposes the storage of carbon dioxide coming from a FutureGen 2.0 plant in Meredosia in the Loudon area north of St. Elmo.
    Also in the running are Christian, Douglas and Morgan counties.