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Today's News

  • Eighth-grade VYO squad wins

    Eighth-grader Kyle Adermann (left) gets an angle on the Hillsboro quarterback during a VYO game on Saturday. The eighth-graders won the game, 8-6.

  • Seventh-graders take Old Capitol Classic

    The Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team won the Old Capitol Classic after defeating Greenville 34-29 in the championship game at Vandalia on Sept. 25. Pictured in front row from left to right are: Becky Scrimpsher, Adrianna Cox, Emily Hedgpeth, Haley Bigelow and Jalea Pasley. In back are: Makayla Tinker, Shelby Wheatley, Spencer Craig, Madelyn Hosick, Karlie Bright, Leah Francis and coach Dana Kirk.

  • Hickerson peaking for Vandals

    In what coach Kevin Schroeder called “gut-wrenching” time, junior Abby Hickerson missed three returns in a row during doubles play against Shelbyville on Tuesday.

    With the Vandals needing to win all three of its doubles games to win the match, allowing Shelbyville to tie up that game at 8-8 did not help Schroeder’s already twisted stomach.

  • Vandals celebrate senior soccer players

    Even though the game was canceled because no referees showed up at Vandalia High School on Tuesday night, the soccer team still celebrated senior night.

    After recognizing its seven seniors, the team played a scrimmage.

    Coach Walt Kinney spoke about each of the seniors after the ceremony.

  • Vandalia downs Argenta for third in Pana Tournament

    PANA – Coach Allison Smith was rooting for Argenta-Oreana to beat Windsor and, therefore, advance to the Pana Tournament championship game.

    With her team playing the loser of that match, it wasn’t that Smith has a vendetta against Windsor or thought her team would have an easier time beating them; she just wanted a second chance.

    The only reason Vandalia wasn’t playing in that match was because Windsor defeated the Vandals in the first game of match play at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

  • Vandalia tops Greenville in Volley for the Cure match

    GREENVILLE – The team having already allowed Greenville to erase a 7-1 deficit in the first set of last Thursday’s Volley for a Cure match, Haley Wollerman decided the Vandals were not going to drop that set.

    With Vandalia trailing 22-18, Wollerman leaped up and swatted down a Greenville attack, ending a long Comet possession.

    She then proceeded to fire five service aces and assist a Taylor Parrish kill to lead the Vandals to a 25-22 set win.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 7, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 60 years ago as a 13-year-old, is now retired from his job as a molder at Graham Packaging. He and his wife (who still works at Graham Packaging) have a daughter and a stepson.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and John David Greer.

    Identifying them were: Carole White, Doris Wehrle, and Beeb and Billye Staff.

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 7, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    20 Years Ago

  • Responding to emergencies takes guts

    We live on a road with a dangerous s-curve. Over the years, many vehicles have failed to negotiate that difficult stretch. Just before 3 a.m. Monday, another one ended up in the ditch.
    For some reason, I was awake enough to hear the vehicle approaching. Then came squealing tires, a thud and an eerie silence.
    I went to the window to confirm what I thought I’d heard…hoping that my sleep-clouded brain had manufactured the incident. No such luck; I could hear voices yelling for help.

  • Vandals dominate Hillsboro in second half

    Without two key special teams plays to start the second half, the Vandals would have had a much harder time recovering from a controversial official’s decision at the end of the first half during Friday night’s 48-19 Vandalia win.

    With about five minutes left, Hillsboro punter Luke Cerutti mishandled the snap and two flags were thrown – one against Hillsboro for illegal motion before the play and one against Vandalia for a late hit out of bounds after the play was whistled dead.