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Today's News

  • Seventh-grade boys upset Greenville at regional

    GREENVILLE – After his team posted a scoreless first quarter, Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball coach Eric Sinclair had no worries.

    This season, the Vandals have been slow starters in the majority of their games. Sinclair knew that and simply encouraged his players to continue fighting, knowing there was a good chance that they could find second-half success.

    “It takes us a while to get going, especially on the road,” he said. “It’s not the first time this has happened.”
    Turns out he was right.

  • Lincoln events coming up soon

    It’s a good time to be a fan of Abraham Lincoln.
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s departure from Illinois to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency at one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history.
    Though he left the Springfield train station on Feb. 11, 1861, with considerable trepidation, he carried with him the resolve that he could, indeed, make a difference in the nation’s capital. He carried, too, the support and prayers of his friends and family who remained in Illinois.

  • Senior Spotlight: Allen Tompkins and Blake Hadley

    RAMSEY – Among area players, Mulberry Grove center Allen Tompkins is basically a force of nature.

    The 6-foot-4 senior has the biggest body in the area, and a recent performance against Ramsey prompted Rams coach Bill Eddy to draw comparisons between Tompkins and an actual part of nature.

    “It’s like trying to move an oak tree,” he said.

    Of opposing coaches, Eddy would know, as the Rams and Aces have already met three times this season, with at least one more meeting to come, and Tompkins has been very successful in those games.

  • Community Calendar-Jan. 27, 2011

    Thursday, January 27
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.  All presenting donors will receive an Elvis-themed rock and roll T-shirt.

  • Denning happy with career switch

    Dave Denning was already firmly ensconced in a job he had worked at since graduating from high school, one he was steadfastly committed to, when he happened by a physical therapy room one day.
    He thought to himself, “I’d like to work at that.” Little did he know, or even dream,  that he would become a physical therapist, helping others strive for a more comfortable and active life, while also lifting their spirits.

  • Sample issue of The Leader-Union mailed out this week

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    Sending the paper to you is part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers.
    To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen putting up a fight

    The two St. Elmo aldermen who were taken off the April ballot recently by a municipal electoral board are appealing that board’s ruling in court.
    Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday miscellaneous remedy petitions in which they ask the court to reverse the electoral board’s decision and allow them to be placed on the ballot for this spring’s municipal election.

  • 'No trauma' to body found in Vandalia home on Saturday

    A Tower Hill man whose body was found in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening did not die from any type of physical injury, the Fayette County coroner said on Monday.
    An autopsy performed on the body of James Mundy on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham did not show “any trauma,” such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, Coroner Bruce Bowen said.

  • K of C breakfast this sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon this Sunday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center.

    The meal will include eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and drinks. The breakfast is open to the public.

    The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11; children under 5 eat free of charge.

  • VCHS post-prom cookout is Friday

    The post-prom parents group at Vandalia Community High School will hold a cookout in the VCHS lobby prior to this Friday's boys basketball games.

    The cookout begins at 5 p.m.