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Today's News

  • Hosick shines but Vandals downed at Pana

    PANA – Though the Vandalia High School boys basketball team clawed its way to only a three-point deficit on three different occasions in the second half of Monday’s road game at Pana, the Panthers used their superior height and speed to pull away to a 67-52 victory.

    That 15-point final margin doesn’t reflect the closeness of the game, as the Vandals went toe-to-toe with the Panthers, who are now 18-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

  • Vandals defeat Cougars for second time

    FARINA – Vandalia allowed the first basket of Tuesday’s game to South Central, but the Vandals would then outscore the Cougars 17-0 over the next 7:19 in what proved to be the difference-maker in a 45-40 win.

    “I really liked our start,” said Vandals coach Kevin Jackson. “I thought our kids came out ready to play, and that was a big key to the game.”

    In the second period, however, the Cougars (8-16) started off on a 6-0 run over the first 4:15 to cut Vandalia’s lead to three.

  • Lady Vandals fall in regional tournament

    Nine points were scored in the final 46 seconds of regulation to tie a first-round regional tournament game between the Lady Vandals and Greenville at 50 on Monday night, but the Lady Comets made several free throws in overtime to secure a 64-60 victory.

    With 1:05 left in regulation, senior Amy Walton committed the seventh team foul for Vandalia, and one Greenville free throw gave the Lady Comets a three-point lead.

  • Horse named for St. Elmo man nearing record

    A gelding named in tribute to a late St. Elmo man is making quite an impression on followers of harness racing.

    St. Elmo Hero, a 5-year-old horse named after lifelong St. Elmo resident John Nessa, recently earned his 23rd win in 23 starts at the Complex Series finals at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, N.J., on Jan. 29.

    In those 23 races since July 14, St. Elmo Hero has earned almost $200,000, and his breeder and former owner, Carl Becker owner of Fair Meadow Farm in Altamont, said the horse could win $1 million in 2011.

  • Ulmer claims 100th victory as Vandalia wins 17th straight regional title

    SHELBYVILLE – Vandalia junior Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career victory in helping the Vandal wrestling team earn its 17th straight regional championship on Saturday.

    Ulmer, ranked No. 4 among 171-pound Illinois wrestlers, earned the milestone victory against Carlyle senior Brett Dieters in the semifinals of Vandalia’s victory to become one of just a handful of the school’s wrestlers to reach the mark as a junior.

  • Who's the best?

    Included in today’s Leader-Union is a ballot that lets you vote. But this vote does not deal with politicians or political issues.

    Instead, it is a ballot that allows you to cast a vote for your favorite business or product in a wide range of categories.
    It’s called The Leader-Union’s Readers’ Choice contest. And, as the name implies, we want you – the readers – to let us know who gets your vote.

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The demolition of a building on Ill. Route 185, which formerly housed the county nursing home and FAYCO Enterprises, was under way.
    Former pro football player Roger Craig was offering a $20,000 reward for information about a hit-and-run accident in Fayette County which resulted in the death of his sister.
    Jeremy Durbin of Vandalia Community High School took third place in the 189-pound class at the State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign.  

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This sailor was 20 years old when this picture was taken 56 years ago. He was born and reared in Bond and Fayette counties. He worked as a barber in Vandalia, but now lives in Northern Illinois.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • School district makes good call

    During the unusually harsh winter weather we’ve endured during the past two months, officials at Vandalia Community Unit School District were right to err on the side of caution when determining whether to cancel school.
    Nobody wants to put our children in peril by holding school when buses and other vehicles can’t safely navigate area roads.
    But so far this year, we’ve had 10 snow days – more than double the norm. And it’s time to pay the piper.

  • Swofford overcomes difficulties in his life

    Ivan Swofford is friendly and upbeat, has a quick, ready smile and laughs easily at something humorous.