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Today's News

  • 'Hustle plays' key to road win at Greenville

    GREENVILLE – Two second-half plays defined Vandalia’s 52-39 win against Greenville last Friday.

    Junior Bryan Hosick lost control of his dribble late in the third quarter with the Vandals leading 30-23.

    But instead of giving up on the loose ball, Hosick dove to the floor, briefly gained control the ball and flipped it to senior Marty Johnson, who promptly made a bucket to put Vandalia ahead by nine.

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Rigdon and Bryce Mason

    BROWNSTOWN –– Senior Zach Rigdon did not think long before pronouncing himself a better basketball player than teammate Bryce Mason.

    “Most definitely me,” he said.

    Mason, also a senior, insists on the opposite.

    “I can take him,” he said. “No doubt.”

    A neutral party, coach Vince Rohr, left the debate open.

  • Sports scheduling changes

    1. The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will not play Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 21 as a makeup for Monday's game that was canceled. A new makeup date is to be announced. On Saturday, the girls will play Altamont at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m., as originally scheduled. The girls were scheduled to play at Pana, starting at 5 p.m. Friday night, but that has been canceled. A makeup date is to be announced.

    2. The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Litchfield.

  • The Way We Were-dec. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The attorney for Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, was asking the court for the permission to obtain fingerprints for two local men who he believed committed the murder.
    Vandalia’s wrestlers took first place at the Mascoutah Invitational. Mike Mabry, Nathan Graumenz and David Graumenz won their weight classes.
    Fayette County Caring & Sharing distributed Christmas baskets to 523 people in the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured as a Christmas gift 24 years ago, went to school in Vandalia. He is now married and lives in Brownstown. He loves to hunt and fish.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: i veern idd tagnyhin horwt gindo yb tidnecac, ron idd nya fo ym stinovnine moec yb nidtacec; hyte meca yb rowk.

  • Field key in construction of Statehouse

    This past Saturday evening, the Old State Capitol historic site was ablaze with candles and decorated with greenery in celebration of the annual holiday open house.
    It is one of three main annual events in which the stately building is featured, the other two being Abraham Lincoln’s birthday celebration and the Grande Leveé. The annual open house brings history to life.  

  • County known for its generosity

    If there's one thing the people of Fayette County are known for, it's their generosity.
    Year after year, we witness that compassion in the way people respond to needs. We see it in events like Relay for Life. We see it in the outpouring of help to a family that has lost everything in a fire. We see it in projects undertaken by service organizations to improve the quality of life here.
    And – especially at this time of year – we see it in the generous response to those who are having trouble putting food on the table for their family.

  • Thanksgiving dinner a holiday gift for many

    The fourth Fayette Faces story under the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts” features the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance and the many volunteers who, for the fourth straight year, provided a free Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The free meal is for all who wish to come together in the spirit of sharing a community meal, regardless of financial status.
    Many benefit and enjoy these “unwrapped gifts” and are as blessed by it as the many hands and hearts who prepare and contribute to it.

  • Holiday Festivities in Vandalia

    Holiday activities over the weekend included the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse and the Christmas program presented by the Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus. In the first photo, local historian Dale Timmermann tells visitors to the Statehouse about the history of the building and the state of Illinois. In the second photo, Audrey Myers (left) and Alexis Beckman dance during the Honor Chorus program. More photos from the events are on Page 1 B and will appear in slideshows at www.leaderunion.com this week.

  • Teen pleads not guilty to murder, home invasion

    A 15-year-old Loogootee youth charged with fatally shooting a couple who lived a short distance from his home pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and home invasion.
    Clifford W. Baker entered the plea after a judge ruled that Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel had presented sufficient evidence to hold the youth for trial.