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Today's News

  • Wrestlers finish 11th at Princeton

    The Vandalia High School wrestling team finished 11th at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

    Newman won the invitational with 168.5 points. The Vandals scored 107 points, which was just 1.5 points away from ninth place.

    Junior Levi Ulmer was the Vandals’ top individual, taking second place in the 189-pound weight class. He lost to Wilmington's Steve Liaromatis for the championship.

    Seniors Justin Hill (125) and John Vosholler (140) each finished third, and junior Daniel Edwards (152) took fifth.

  • Vandal wrestlers go 3-0 at home quad

    Freshman C.J. Runkel gave Vandalia wrestling fans a glimpse of what the program’s future may entail during a dual meet against Belleville East last Wednesday.

    Runkel, wrestling at 140 pounds, trailed Ayiri Ekwejunor, a Lancers junior, by two points with fewer than 10 seconds left in the third round.

    Sparring from neutral position, Runkel took a shot at Ekwejunor and took him down with just six seconds remaining in the period to force overtime.

  • Vandal boys defeat Pinckneyville and Carlinville

    A strong, 32-minute effort allowed Vandalia to lead wire-to-wire during a 44-40 win against Pinckneyville on Saturday.

    The only blemish was a tie at 38 for 1:15 late in the third quarter.

    “We gave a very good effort,” said coach Kevin Jackson. “We guarded very well and rebounded well. They got nobody in double figures.”

    The Vandals, meanwhile, had three players score in double figures, with Marty Johnson’s 12 points leading the way, while Dathan Berning and Leyton Godoyo each added 10.

  • Senior spotlight: Justin Hill

    In his past 17 matches, Vandalia senior Justin Hill has pinned 11 of his opponents.

    That’s expected from any senior who aspires to represent his team at the individual state meet in February.

    But the way the 125-pounder has pinned most those opponents was not exactly expected.

    At the St. Thomas More Challenge on Dec. 29 and 30, Hill successfully pinned five opponents in 41 seconds or less:

  • Downhill Racer

    Jake Stewart and his brothers, Garret and Bailey, took advantage of the snow dumped on the area in Monday's winter storm by sledding down the hill east of Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia on Tuesday morning.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 13, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Danny Rubin, Tim Schaal, Keith Ehrat and Susan Williams.
    Identifying them were: Don and Emily Ehrat, Marian Rubin, Charles and Iris Kruenegel, and Sherry Courson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn hwo sedo otn dera odgo skobo sha on tagnavade revo eth nam how nac ton dare meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.

  • Bingamans provide jukebox for RFD show

    “Larry’s Country Diner” is a popular television show on the cable network RFD, located in Nashville, Tenn. Fred and Connie Bingaman of Brownstown met the people of the show while on vacation in Branson, Mo., where the show was in production.
    The set of Larry’s Country Diner is, as the title indicates, a country diner with checkered tablecloths, matching curtains, and tables and chairs where the audience sits and is actually served food during the show.