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Today's News

  • School district responds to death of VCHS student

    Officials and teachers at Vandalia Community High School on Wednesday were helping students cope with the death of a sophomore student Tuesday evening.
    The 15-year-old femalewas found dead in her home.
    Information on the death was not available from Coroner Bruce Bowen at press time on Wednesday. That information will be posted on www.leaderunion.com when it becomes available.
    “We have several members of our crisis intervention team available to help students,” Superintendent Rich Well said Wednesday morning.

  • Mulberry Grove, Ramsey hosting Turkey Tournaments

    Mulberry Grove and Ramsey High Schools will be hosting boys basketball Turkey Tourneys next week.

    Brownstown, Mt. Olive, Odin and Sandoval will join Mulberry Grove, and Centralia Lutheran and Patoka will join Ramsey's varsity and junior varsity squads in the tourneys.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 18, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Is it any wonder that Greenville College had winning basketball teams back in the early 1950s? Four of the five starters were graduates of Vandalia Community High School, and all have been inducted into the VCHS Hall of Fame. Two of them presently live in Vandalia, one lives in Carbondale and one lives in Arkansas.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • South Central girls fall to Cowden/Beecher City

    A short-handed South Central High School girls basketball team was defeated by Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, 88-27.

    CHBC returned most of the team that finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season and faced a Cougars squad that had only six healthy players.

    "The girls played hard and never quit," said coach Gary Kapper. "They played with a lot of heart.

    "We have some things to work on, but if they come out and play hard like this every night, we will be competitive."

  • Guest Opinion

    By Josh Sharp

  • Vandals start season at St. Anthony Tournament

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will open its season on Tuesday when it plays Charleston in the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 17-12 record, earning the South Central Conference championship and advancing to the finals of the regional tournament.

    In last season's opener, Vandalia fell to Effingham, 60-35 in St. Anthony's tournament. Johnson – who averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year – scored nine of Vandalia's points that game.

  • The town of Bob Doane now only a memory

    In 1941, the seventh-grade pupils of Beecher City School undertook a project to record the history of the once-flourishing village of Bob Doane, located in the southwest corner of Section 25 in Loudon Township.
    To do this, they visited with some of the older residents, including, Arizona Lockard,  80; Julian Buzzard, 84; E.E. Wood, 71; D.B. Buzzard; Johnny Alsop and Rose Phillips.

  • Vandalia girls open season on Friday

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will start its season on Friday night against Roxana. The game will tip at 6 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 5-21 record, but one of those wins was a 55-47 victory against Roxana in the season-opener.

    In that game, Amber Bruno scored 22 points, Haley Wollerman scored 15 points and Hannah Edwards scored 14 points. Those three players all return this season in hopes of improving the team’s win total
    to the 12-15 range.

  • School responds well to tragedy

    Dealing with the tragic death of a student is perhaps one of the toughest jobs teachers and school administrators have to handle. And one of the most important.
    It’s a time when students are most vulnerable, most in need of adult support to sort out their emotions.

  • Smith hands out volleyball awards

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team held its award banquet on Monday. Award winners were, in front, from left: Austyn Krueger, Newcomer of the Year; Ellie Ehrat, Leadership/Spirit Award; Haley Wollerman, Co-MVP, Most Aces, Most Assists and Best Serving Percentage; and Whitney Schaal, Defense Award and Coaches Award. In back are: Taylor Parrish, Co-MVP and Best Hitting Percentage; Sierah Ruffner, Most Improved; Holly Goldsmith, Co-MVP, Most Kills and Most Blocks; Megan Shreve, Coaches Award; and Amy Walton, Coaches Award.