Today's News

  • Bombers go 2-0 at Wayne City Round Robin

    Brownstown/St. Elmo was a perfect 2-0 at the Wayne City Round Robin on Saturday, defeating Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 4-3, and Wayne City, 13-6.
    In the win over CHBC, the Bombers scored once in the second inning, twice in the third and one in the fifth, then held off a late rally.
    Dalton Denton got the win, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out 10 and walking five. Bryton Pruett got a save for BSE.
    Isaac Maxey, Lewis Brown, Dalton Denton and Wade Ireland had the four BSE hits, with Maxey, Brown and Denton each knocking a two-bagger.

  • Two VCHS records fall Tuesday

    A new school record was set at each event on Tuesday as the Vandalia boys track team participated in the Cumberland Pirate Invite and the girls team at the Mattoon Invitational.

  • SEB wins Nokomis Tourney

    The Lady Eagles won the Nokomis Tournament on Saturday, defeating Pana and the host team.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown topped Pana, 3-1, and Nokomis, 14-7.

  • Vandals top Greenville in SCC game on Tuesday

    Vandalia avenged a one-run loss earlier in the season with a 3-1 win over the Comets in Greenville on Tuesday.
    Both pitchers hurled complete games, and while Greenville’s Lucas Carlson allowed fewer hits than the Vandals Richie Well, Well got the win.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Endurance is patience concentrated.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Misty Gathe, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Walt and Mary Philbrick, Elizabeth Kasten, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The rest of the story on Field

    In my last column I wrote about Alexander Pope Field, who was an important Illinois historical figure. In that article, I wrote, “... in 1828, Gov. Ninian Edwards appointed him secretary of state, a post he held until 1840.”
    I also wrote that this was a story all by itself and, folks, this is that story.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Tired of sifting through a bunch of things – things that really have no value or you no longer have any use for – in your attic or garage while looking for something? Next week is the time to get rid of them.
    The city of Vandalia is holding its annual Cleanup Week for customers of Doty Sanitation next Monday through Friday.
    Here are the guidelines that the city has set:
    • The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Farewell to Saundra, A Special Friend
    Saundra Motycka-Helm, a faithful, loyal and caring friend to many, left us to take her place in Heaven on Saturday, April 8, leaving a void in our lives. As a young woman, she chose to care for others and made it her life’s work doing so.
    Saundra became a registered nurse, but she went beyond caring for others’ physical well being, as she went the extra mile, in ministering to others’ heartbreaks, struggles and problems, emotional and otherwise.