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Today's News

  • Harvest winding down

    As of Oct. 1, the corn for grain yield in Illinois was expected to drop 14 bushels from the Sept. 1 forecast to 160 bushels per acre. Production would be 1.98 billion bushels, 3 percent less than last year’s crop.
    As of Oct. 3, 74 percent of the crop was harvested, which compares to 5 percent last year at this time and a five-year average of 31 percent. This year’s harvest progress is just 1 percentage point behind the record level of 75 percent in 1991, and advanced throughout the month of September right at that pace.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament (Sept. 25)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Buddy Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, Sept. 25. The winners are pictured; from left to right: Owen Karnes Jr. and Terry Bell, first place with 10.44 pounds; Lonnie Gerdes, second place with 10.01 pounds; and Carl Runkel and Shawn Runkel, third place with 9.35 pounds. The big bass winner was Karnes with a 2.97-pound catch.

  • EPA approval of E15 meets mixed reviews

    The approval last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a higher  ethanol fuel blend was met with mixed reviews in agriculture circles.
    EPA’s endorsement of the 15- percent ethanol blend encouraged  producers, who have waited years for the current 10 percent blend to be raised.

  • Vandalia eighth-graders fall to state champs

    Vandalia eighth-grader Kate Evans calls for a pass during the Vandals' 55-9 loss to Litchfield last Thursday. Members of Litchfield's eighth-grade team won the state championship last season as seventh-graders, and easily outsized Vandalia's players. Haley Cannon, Mercedes Reynolds, Alex Sasse and Evans each scored during the game.

  • Bountiful Beans

    Larry Snyder, an employee of Cripe Grain in Bluff City, oversees the dumping of a load of soybeans on Monday. Most area farmers have finished with corn and are nearing the end of the soybean harvest. Favorable weather has resulted in extraordinary yields and a quick harvest for many producers.

  • Phase two of Field of Dreams improvements under way

    Jeff Stone piles up bricks for the new backstop at the Vandalia High School baseball diamond. The work is being done as part of the Field of Dreams committee's second phase of improvements to ball fields in the city. The committee has three more phases it hopes to complete in the next five years and is always accepting donations, which can be made by dropping off a check payable to Vandalia Field of Dreams at Lincoln Land Credit Union or by sending a check to P.O. Box 242 in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 21, 2010

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Barbara (Austin) Randall, Betty (Francis) Schaub, Shirley (Davis) Jones and Anna Ruth (Radliff) Lilly.
    Identifying them were: Don and Ellen Willms, Howard Koester, Normalee Terry and Elizabeth Kasten.
    This week’s Scrambler:  fi ouy tel rafulie hobret yuo, uyo liwl veren dececsu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. (Henry David Thoreau)

  • NTC and MTC name top baseball players

    National Trail Conference

    Player of the Year
    Derek Thompson, Teutopolis

    First-Team NTC
    Derek Repking, Teutopolis
    Sam Thoele, Dieterich
    Clayton Brandt, Stew-Stras
    Kyle Floyd, Windsor
    Bo Blievernicht, Teutopolis
    Dalton McFarland, Neoga
    Patrick Schutzbach, St. Anthony
    Jacob Massengill, Neoga
    Austin Miley, Beecher City
    Kyle Helmuth, Stew-Stras
    Dillon Hardiek, Teutopolis

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 21, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Brent Ellis, 31, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of “Sonny” Banal.
    Bill Donaldson was the keynote speaker for a Veterans Day program at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    John Burnam was re-elected president of the Vandalia Board of Education. John Gehrke took a seat on the board, succeeding Calvin Scott.
    Fayette County began a search for a new animal control warden following the resignation of Max Pummill.

  • Modern medicine helps fight disease

    It has been 12 years now since I was told that I had breast cancer…a fast growing type they said. On a scale of two to nine, I was a seven – not a good number to be.
    Being the first in my immediate family to be diagnosed with cancer, I searched my ancestor charts for kin who may have died as a result of this particular immune system disease. I came up nearly blank. In fact, throughout the lives of my family members, the most common "disease" seemed to have been old age.