http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Levee breaks repaired ... again http://www.leaderunion.com/content/levee-breaks-repaired-again <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/feb4_2016_levee.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, those large amounts of rain can damage levees in the Vandalia area.</p> Lack of state budget continues to hurt city http://www.leaderunion.com/content/lack-state-budget-continues-hurt-city <p> The city of Vandalia, like all other government entities and agencies throughout Illinois, continues to suffer from the effects of no state budget.<br /> &ldquo;As of Friday, we had not received any money from the state&rdquo; for water and sewer services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday night.<br /> And, again, Gottman has contacted state Rep. John Cavaletto (R-107th District) to see if the legislator can do anything about getting the money owed to the city.<br /> Two-time meth offender arrested on new charges http://www.leaderunion.com/content/two-time-meth-offender-arrested-new-charges <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/feb4_2016_metzger_travis.jpg" alt="Travis Metzger" title="Travis Metzger" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A Brownstown man who has served two prison terms for methamphetamine convictions has again been charged with meth offenses.<br /> <br /> Travis W. Metzger, 43, was charged with aggravated delivery of methamphetamine, possession of up to 400 grams of meth and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials in information filed on Friday by the office of Fayette County State&rsquo;s Attorney Joshua Morrison.<br /> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-202 <p> Thursday, Feb. 4<br /> <br /> ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.<br /> ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St. The evening includes a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Abe Awards and entertainment by the a cappella group &quot;Blend.&quot; Tickets are $25 for the meal, which is being catered by Ponderosa Steakhouse; call 283-2728 by this Friday to make reservations.<br /> Extension bucket list seminar to be held on Feb. 19 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/extension-bucket-list-seminar-be-held-feb-19 <p> Are there things in your life that you&rsquo;ve wanted to accomplish but haven&rsquo;t?<br /> Are there personal goals that would bring you joy and fulfillment, but are always put on the back burner?<br /> Maybe you need to work on your bucket list!<br /> A bucket list is simply a list of experiences or achievements that a person would like to do in their lifetime.<br /> Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.<br /> Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 4) http://www.leaderunion.com/content/area-prep-roundup-feb-4 <p> <strong>VCHS Girls Basketball</strong><br /> Vandalia improved to 16-11 with a 51-32 win over conference foe Roxana&nbsp; last Thursday night.<br /> Makayla Tinker got things going for the Lady Vandals with 10 first-half points, taking a 26-23 lead into the third quarter.<br /> The Lady Vandals defense took over in the third, limiting the Shells to just one third-quarter point, jumping out to a 39-23 lead heading into the final quarter.<br /> Eighth-grade Vandals finish second at tourney, advance to regional championship http://www.leaderunion.com/content/eighth-grade-vandals-finish-second-tourney-advance-regional-championship <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eighthgrade.jpg" alt="The eighth-grade Junior Vandals finished second at their own tournament, falling to Central A&amp;M, 61-55, in double overtime last Thursday night. " title="The eighth-grade Junior Vandals finished second at their own tournament, falling to Central A&amp;M, 61-55, in double overtime last Thursday night. " align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> The eight-grade Vandals finished second at its own tournament Thursday afternoon, falling just short of a first-place finish, as they lost to Central A&amp;M in double overtime, 61-55.<br /> Vandalia picked up wins over Ramsey and St. Elmo/Brownstown by scores of 60-38 and 56-22.<br /> Vandalia&rsquo;s Thomas Ritchey and Matthew Wells were selected to the all-tournament team.<br /> <br /> <strong>Vandalia vs. Central A&amp;M<br /> VA&nbsp; 6&nbsp; 14&nbsp; 19&nbsp; 11&nbsp; 3&nbsp; 2&nbsp; 55<br /> AM&nbsp; 9&nbsp; 7&nbsp; 16&nbsp; 18&nbsp; 3&nbsp; 8&nbsp; 61<br /> South Central falls to St. Anthony, finishes fourth at NTC Tournament http://www.leaderunion.com/content/south-central-falls-st-anthony-finishes-fourth-ntc-tournament <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/scntc.jpg" alt="Dre Hill (10) goes up for a bucket over an Altamont defender Thursday night. Hill finished with two points. " title="Dre Hill (10) goes up for a bucket over an Altamont defender Thursday night. Hill finished with two points. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p>