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Today's News

  • St. Elmo and Brownstown boys knocked out of NTC Tourney

    ALTAMONT – Both St. Elmo and Brownstown were eliminated from the National Trail Conference Tournament after losing play-in games on Monday.

    The losses leave both teams idle until next Tuesday, while the rest of their conference rivals will continue play in the tournament all week.

    In the first game, it appeared No. 9 St. Elmo would beat eighth-seeded Beecher City for the second time this season.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 27, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, pictured several years ago in Indian outfits, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left now works at the Vandalia Correctional Center, while the one on the left now lives in Edwardsville.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ginbe hirc si ginvah nymoe; nebig hytlewa si vignah meit.

  • Mulberry Grove tops Ramsey for second time this season

    RAMSEY – Bench players from both Mulberry Grove and Ramsey saw extended minutes during a 65-52 Aces win on Saturday.

    Foul trouble caught up with both team’s starters early and often, forcing several underclassmen into extended roles. What those players did in those minutes was the biggest takeaway for both coaches.

    “Our bench was forced into a lot more minutes than we’d like to see,” said Mulberry Grove coach Chris Johnson. “They played a huge role and really grew up tonight.”

  • Brownstown gets by South Central girls

    FARINA – The South Central High School girls basketball team used a 19-2 run at the end of the second quarter to take a halftime lead against Brownstown on Saturday, but the Lady Bombers made 6-of-8 free throws in the game’s final two minutes to claim a 56-47 win.

    our different Lady Cougars scored during the run – led by senior Ashley Pollard with seven and sophomore Macie Cain with six – while the defense held Brownstown to 1-of-7 shooting and forced four turnovers in taking a 28-27 halftime lead.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6 1/2 years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Lincoln Victory Ball planned for Feb. 11

      On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. On the same day,  Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.
    For this reason, Feb. 11 has been chosen as the start of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War. Many states have formed official commissions, and Illinois, for its part, is making an attempt to get into the  Guinness Book of World Records.  

  • Seventh-grade boys upset Greenville at regional

    GREENVILLE – After his team posted a scoreless first quarter, Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball coach Eric Sinclair had no worries.

    This season, the Vandals have been slow starters in the majority of their games. Sinclair knew that and simply encouraged his players to continue fighting, knowing there was a good chance that they could find second-half success.

    “It takes us a while to get going, especially on the road,” he said. “It’s not the first time this has happened.”
    Turns out he was right.

  • Lincoln events coming up soon

    It’s a good time to be a fan of Abraham Lincoln.
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s departure from Illinois to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency at one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history.
    Though he left the Springfield train station on Feb. 11, 1861, with considerable trepidation, he carried with him the resolve that he could, indeed, make a difference in the nation’s capital. He carried, too, the support and prayers of his friends and family who remained in Illinois.

  • Senior Spotlight: Allen Tompkins and Blake Hadley

    RAMSEY – Among area players, Mulberry Grove center Allen Tompkins is basically a force of nature.

    The 6-foot-4 senior has the biggest body in the area, and a recent performance against Ramsey prompted Rams coach Bill Eddy to draw comparisons between Tompkins and an actual part of nature.

    “It’s like trying to move an oak tree,” he said.

    Of opposing coaches, Eddy would know, as the Rams and Aces have already met three times this season, with at least one more meeting to come, and Tompkins has been very successful in those games.

  • Community Calendar-Jan. 27, 2011

    Thursday, January 27
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.  All presenting donors will receive an Elvis-themed rock and roll T-shirt.