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Today's News

  • Basketball roundup: area teams have tough Tuesday

    PATOKA – The Patoka High School boys basketball team struggled to combat Cisne's patient offense in the first half of a 48-35 loss on Tuesday.

    The Warriors, at one point, trailed the Runnin' Lions 21-5, despite preparing for the offensive scheme on Monday.

    "We ran their offense for 30 minutes yesterday," said coach Joe Eddy. "We knew they going to be deliberate."

    He said he "hopes" the poor play was the result of a long layoff. The Warriors had not played since Dec. 18 at the Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

  • Wesclin upsets Flora in OT for VHT title

    Flora’s Paul Knapp passed the ball out of bounds as time expired in regulation, giving Wesclin an extra four minutes to compile a lead and win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, 57-51, in overtime.

    Alex Wilken made a 3-pointer 38 seconds into the extra period, and the second-seeded Warriors (10-2, 5-0 VHT) would not trail after that in an upset of the tournament’s top seed.

    Wilken had a game-high 25 points and averaged 15.4 points per game, but was left off the all-tournament team.

  • Vandals finish fourth at VHT after OT loss to Pana

    A 3-pointer by Pana’s Mitchell Beyers at the regulation buzzer forced the third-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament to overtime, and a gassed Vandalia squad was no match for the Panthers in the extra period, eventually swallowing a tough, 77-65 loss.

    "I don't have an air pump to pump them back up (after that shot),” said coach Kevin Jackson. “They were deflated. I was deflated."

    The Panthers (9-3, 4-1 VHT) scored on their first four possessions of overtime, quickly dashing any hopes of a Vandalia win.

  • Senior Spotlight: Andrew Snow

    On the court, Andrew Snow might be the most vocal basketball player in the area.

    The senior point guard from South Central barks out nearly every offensive play for the Cougars and often berates opposing ball-handlers with screams of "ball, ball, ball" in hopes of forcing a turnover on defense.

    "It's a good role,” Snow said. “Somebody's got to be out there to direct and tell people what to do, even though they know what to do."

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 6, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting pre-planning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant this week in Springfield.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 6, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three boys and one girl grew up in the Augsburg area. The boy on the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married,  and has one daughter and one son. The boy second from the left recently moved to Decatur, is married, and has two daughters and two sons. The boy third from the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married and has two daughters. The girl on the right lives in Vandalia and has one son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Koehler recalls days as prisoner of war

    A couple of weeks ago, my cousin, Mike Koehler, from Mt. Pulaski telephoned. Mike calls at least twice a month, and at the beginning of this call he asked, “Do you know what day it is?”
    Actually, I had no idea what day it was, although I was fairly certain it was December.
    “December 19,” he said. “Sixty-six years ago today, I was captured by the Germans.  You know that recipe I sent you? That is what I had to eat on Christmas Day.”

  • Volunteers vital to Main Street

    Volunteers were the base as the Vandalia Main Street Program was started more than a decade ago, and volunteers have been a vital part of keeping the program going. Now, they will be more important than ever.
    The Vandalia City Council learned on Monday night that Main Street, because it has lost its funding from the city, can no longer afford to pay an executive director, and that Dana Whiteman, the person most recently serving in that position, has already been let go.

  • Koehler leads county's aid efforts in disasters

    The recent tornado and severe storms warnings gave one pause to think about how Fayette County would be prepared to cope with a devastating disaster situation.

  • Main Street cuts executive director position

    As they continued to make plans for discussing more budget cuts, Vandalia officials learned that an organization it formerly supported financially had made a significant cut itself.
    Alderman Jerry Swarm read a letter at Monday’s city council meeting in which the current president of the Vandalia Main Street Executive Board announced that the board had cut the organization’s executive director position.