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Today's News

  • B-Town girls fall in first conference test

    BROWNSTOWN – The Brownstown High School girls basketball team outscored Dieterich 16-10 in the final nine minutes last Thursday, but it was not enough to overcome a sluggish second-half start in a 56-42 loss.

    Senior Brooke and sophomore Megan Maxey both made baskets to close out the third quarter, and three additional Bombers scored buckets during a 10-2 run that extended into the final period and cut Dieterich’s lead from 22 to 13.

  • Wollerman scores 28 as Vandalia downs Comets

    Junior Haley Wollerman only made six field goals against Greenville on Monday.

    Believe it or not, she still scored 28 points.

    Wollerman made six 3-pointers and was perfect on free throws, making 10-of-10, in a 58-51 victory for the Vandalia High School girls basketball team.

    “That’s the best, overall, I have seen her play,” said coach Michelle McNary, “and I hope it continues, because we will win a lot of games.”

  • SC shows promise in season-opener

    FARINA – First-year coach Rick Simmons said he didn’t know exactly what to expect from the South Central High School boys basketball team in its season-opener against Odin last Friday.

    While the Cougars lost, what Simmons got was a hard-fought battle that was closer than the 47-42 final score would indicate.

    “I don’t think anyone can fault their effort,” he said.

  • Vandal boys win first SCC game at EA-WR

    ALTON – The Vandalia High School boys basketball team held East Alton-Wood River to single digits in each of the first three quarters on the way to a lopsided 58-34 conference-opening victory last Friday.

    On the offensive end, the Vandals used a balanced scoring attack in which seven players scored six points or more. Daniel Bell led all scorers with 11 points – going 2-for-2 on two-point field goals, 1-for-3 on 3-pointers and 4-for-4 on free throws.

  • Senior spotlight: Amy Walton

    Amy Walton is not known to be a prolific scorer.

    She is not counted on to be a dominant rebounder.

    She is not expected to be the primary ball-handler.

    But take the 5-foot-10 senior forward away from the floor, and coach Michelle McNary said the Lady Vandals probably would not have a 4-1 record this season.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 9, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Cheryl Koehler Carpenter and Janet Cothern Eckhardt.
    Identifying them were: Danny and Patty Donaldson, Linda Schulte and the Betty Ruth Club.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht den fo modswi si ot mader gihh gunhoe ot sole het merda ni teh giesnek fo ti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Fayette County Board approved a five-year contract with Dr. Joe Ertel of Ramsey for animal control services for the county.
    Michelle Lach of Vandalia was a member of the Lake Land College girls basketball team.
    Local Girl Scouts Elizabeth Zeman, Tiffany Roberts, Jamie Davison and Aaron Williams were selected to represent the Shagbark Girl Scout Council at the Girl Scout World Center in Mexico.

    20 Years Ago

  • Tour of downtown businesses continues

    In my last column, we followed a tour of the south side of Gallatin Street provided by the late Esther Mabry Hausmann Buckley.  
    Written at the request of Charles Mills for The Leader-Union newspaper, Mrs. Buckley was pleasantly surprised that editor Mills found her writings interesting and published them in the pages of the newspaper.
    This week, our tour again starts near the Kaskaskia River, but this time it follows the north side of Gallatin Street westward to Sixth Street.
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  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • Brownstown VFW post reaching out to veterans

    This week’s Fayette Faces is the third in the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts.” Probably the most precious of all gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. Rather, they are wrapped with the warmth and caring love of the heart of the giver(s) … and that is what these stories are about.
    This week, it is about many people working together to make life a little better for those who have already given for others – our veterans – in the VA hospitals and also those who are homeless.