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  • Patoka overmatched in regional title game

    RAYMOND – The Patoka High School volleyball team was outmatched by Raymond-Lincolnwood in the Raymond Regional Tournament finals on Saturday.

    The top-seeded Lancers – led by eight hard-hitting seniors – dismantled the No. 3 Warriors in two sets (25-15, 25-17) to notch their 31st win of the season.

    “It chalks up to the fact that they hit the ball hard, and we couldn’t get our passes,” said coach Nicki Brubaker. “We had a hard time getting the digs up for the setters.”

  • Vandals ousted by Staunton in regional

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team had a premature end to a successful season last Thursday after it was knocked out of its own regional tournament in the first round.

    Hungry for a win after Pana spoiled its senior night a week earlier, the second-seeded Vandals won a fiercely contested first set, 25-22,  against No. 3 Staunton before falling to the Bulldogs, 25-20 and 25-17, in the final two sets.

  • Tough Raymond squad snaps St. Elmo's winning streak

    ST. ELMO – St. Elmo High School’s volleyball team had been on a torrid pace since finishing fifth at the National Trail Conference Tournament three weeks ago.

    Coming into their Class 1A Sectional first-round match on Tuesday, the Eagles had lost only one set since the NTC, while being crowned both the Egyptian-Illini Conference and regional champions.

    But the team’s streak came to end against Raymond-Lincolnwood after the Eagles’ strength was challenged early and often by the 32-5 Lancers, who defeated St. Elmo, 25-18, 25-23.

  • Cougars fight to finish in tight sectional battle against Cumberland

    ST. ELMO – For the second straight season, Cumberland eliminated South Central from the sectional tournament, defeating the Cougars in three sets, 17-25, 28-26, 22-25 on Tuesday.

    In a fierce back-and-forth battle, coach Mary Brimberry said her team never gave up during the Class 1A Sectional, which especially showed in the second set after the Cougars erased a six-point deficit to take the set.

    “I told the girls, ‘We can be sad that the season is over, but we can’t be sad with how we played,’” Brimberry said.

  • VCHS gets funds for all-weather track

    Vandalia Community High School Superintendent Rich Well said construction of an all-weather track will begin “as soon as possible” after city council members, on Monday, approved using Tax Increment Financing money to help fund the project.

    Having already secured funds from four other entities, receiving $65,000 in TIF money per year for the next five years allows the district to finance the $500,000 project that will allow VCHS to host home track meets and benefit all its athletes and students, as well as the community.

  • Council OKs TIF funds for VCHS all-weather track

    City officials agreed on Monday to help with the installation of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School.
    The city council unanimously approved a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement through which the city will contribute $65,000 in each of the next five years, or $325,000 total, for the new track.
    The TIF contribution is one of five funding sources for the track, which district officials estimate will cost about $500,000.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 4, 2010

    • Christopher R. Tom, 26, Witt, was arrested on Oct. 31 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and Tom was transported to Montgomery County Jail.
    • Bardley Eyman, 26, Pocahontas, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Cody A. Jones, 29, 404 E. Madison St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 4, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured nearly 50 years ago, attended high school in Vandalia and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1975. He is married and has two children. His father was an auto body repairman at a local garage.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    No photo in last week’s Mystery Banks Photo.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ratts  yb nigdo thaw si rynaceses, hent twah si lobsipes, dan lydsunde uyo rae nodgi eht bimlesisop.

  • Post Office building unchanged in 75 years

    Last week’s column centered on the mural in the Vandalia Post Office painted by artist Aaron Bohrod under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.).
    This government program was created on May 6, 1935, to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression.
    On Aug. 27, 1934, Postmaster George L. Hausmann was notified that out of the 25 sites offered for construction of the new federal building, the corner location of the Schulte home at Fourth and Johnson streets was chosen.  

  • Election a wake-up call for change

    Even though the Illinois governor’s race was too close to call on Wednesday morning, it represented a number of races across the state and nation in which Republicans made significant inroads into Democratic strongholds.
    Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn held a lead of about 9,000 votes over challenger state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). About 97.5 percent of the precincts – representing 3.3 million votes – had been tallied, but the margin was too small to declare a winner.