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Today's News

  • Patoka junior high boys at 3-4

    The Patoka Junior High boys basketball team is off to a 3-4 start  this season, which included a third-place finish at the St. Peter Tournament.

    Jered Cain was named first-team all-tournament after scoring 49 points over four games. Dylan Back was named to the second team after scoring 44 points.

    Monday, Nov. 8
    at Bethel
    Bethel 48
    Patoka 27
    Scoring – J. Cain, 16; Garrett Belcher, 6; Back, 3; Shane Cain, 2.

  • Eighth-grade boys fall to Hillsboro by one

    A comeback bid fell just short for the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team after it erased as much as a 10-point deficit to finish within a single point in a loss to Hillsboro on Tuesday.

    “It’s a learning curve,” said first-year coach Joe Schaal after the 41-40 loss. “We figured out that we can’t just show up. We have to show up and perform.”

    The Vandals took that message to heart after halftime.

  • Mildred McDowell still going strong at 102

    The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a Depression, population in U.S. was a little more than 87 million … and Mildred M. McDowell was born on Feb. 17.
    The year was 1916 – A little girl was driving her family’s cows home on their rural Fayette County rural when a formation of four or five “flying machines” flew overhead.

  • Vandal seventh-grade girls beat Greenville again

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team defeated Greenville for the third time this season last Thursday, winning 36-26.

    The Vandals (16-1) beat the Blue Jays, 24-7, on Oct. 19 and, 34-29, on Sept. 25 to win the Vandalia Tournament.

    The Greenville coaching staff, however, made some adjustments in hopes it wouldn’t lose to the Vandals again.

  • Veterans Day program is Thursday afternoon

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home.
    The program will include the performance of patriotic songs by Mariann Timmermann, Jake Hathaway and Jerry Brugoto, and brief patriotic speeches by Jeff Bradley, Christina Pennington, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and LaTisha Paslay.
    Dale Timmermann will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program.

  • Vandals excel in all facets of game to win tourney

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade boys basketball team won its own tournament on Saturday by beating St. Elmo and Greenville after it had been defeated by a combined 112-40 in the first three games of the season.

    “It’s amazing,” said coach Eric Sinclair. “They looked like a different team. They ran their offense and got points. We finally found a groove.”

  • Hollinshead tabbed for local Extension post

    As a result of the reorganization of University of Illinois Extension, the Fayette County office has a new director. But that new director is a familiar face in this county.
    Rachelle Hollinshead, who has served as the Extension community and economic development educator for the past two years for Fayette and Clay counties, is the director of the newly created unit that includes Fayette, Clay, Effingham and Jasper counties.

  • Family YMCA numbers up dramatically since June

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County has only been in its new facility for four months, but in that short period, it has seen memberships increase significantly.
    And it’s offering non-members two chances in the near future to experience those new facilities.
    The Family YMCA is offering a free workout day for all veterans this Thursday, and from 7-10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, the new YMCA facility will be open free of charge to the public.
    The Family YMCA began using its new 16,952-square-foot facility located off of Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia in July.

  • County's request for furlough days rejected

    As Fayette County struggles through trying financial times, it appears that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to make concessions.
    Last month, Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board was looking at furlough days for employees as it works through financial shortfalls.
    But Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to take furlough days.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 11, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, pictured about 50 years ago, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left is now a doctor in Pennsylvania. The one on the right still lives in Vandalia and works at Graham Correctional Center.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
     

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Greg Stine.
    Identifying him was: No one.