Today's News

  • Big cuts coming if governor doesn't release Extension monies

    Because it has a little surplus built up, the Fayette and Clay counties unit of University of Illinois Extension believes it can make it through to the end of the current fiscal year without much of a problem.

    But beyond that, the local Extension unit and all other units in the state is looking at some substantial cuts if Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues withholding funds that have already been appropriated for Extension.

  • Baseball/Softball Postseason Pairings Released


    Hillsboro Class 2A Regional

    At Hillsboro Sports Complex

    Industrial Park Dr.

    Hillsboro, IL

    All games at regional site unless otherwise indicated.

    Tuesday, May 13

    Game 1 - (8) Carlinville at (6) Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 14

    Game 2 - (1) Piasa (Southwestern) vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday, May 15

    Game 3 - (3) Hillsboro vs. (5) Vandalia, 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, May 17

    Game 4 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 24

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, April 25

    eoe" SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) will hold its annual "Take Back the Night" event at 6:30 p.m. at the Bond County Courthouse.

    Saturday, April 26

    eoe" First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia will hold a Save Our Children Peanut Day drive at the church, 1009 W. Gallatin St. The proceeds go toward children's ministries.

  • VCHS grad Smith saves best for last at Blackburn

    During his coaching career, Blackburn College Coach Kirk Chandler has seen a few players that can hit from anywhere on the floor.

    Vandalia grad Ryan Smith happens to be one of them. With good size, both in height (6-foot-5) and weight (215 pounds), Smith could more than hold his own on the inside. He also had the tools to hit from beyond the arc.

  • Lady Vandals lose fourth straight

    The VCHS softball team had its best offensive showing of the spring Monday at Litchfield.

    Unfortunately, the host Purple Panthers did as well.

    After being shut out over the first three innings, Litchfield exploded during the second half of the game, putting up crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in a 13-7 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Vandals.

  • Litchfield stuns Vandals in extra innings

    Baseball, quite simply, can be the most baffling of the "big three" team sports.

    It can also be the cruelest.

    Flush with confidence and five days removed from its first win over Greenville in as many years, the Vandals looked almost certain to extend their winning streak to four games late in Monday's contest against visiting Litchfield.

    A scintillating four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth had staked the Vandals to a 4-1 lead - a margin that seemed safe, considering ace Dallas Gray was buckling knees and hurling a four-hitter.

  • Vandals bounce back with win over Pana

    Mitch Whightsil and Dallas Gray both homered, helping the Vandalia baseball team bounce back from Monday's tough loss to Litchfield with a resounding 9-1 win over SCC-East rival Pana at home Tuesday.

    Gray's round-tripper was his fourth so far this spring, and the senior finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Whightsil was also 2-for-3, driving in four runs.

    Brenden Wasmuth picked up the victory, allowing just one earned run on one hit and four walks in five innings.

    More details on the game will be available in The Leader-Union's May 1 sports section.

  • Local scoreboard/schedule

    Monday, April 21

    High School Baseball

    Patoka at Brownstown, rained out

    Noble 6, St. Elmo 1

    Litchfield 5, Vandalia 4

    T-Town 14, South Central 3

    Ramsey 5, Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick 4

    High School Softball

    Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick 9,

    St. Elmo 0

    BC/C-H 1, St. Elmo 0

    Litchfield 13, Vandalia 7

    Junior High Track

    Vandalia at T-Town/Charleston, RNA

    Tuesday, April 22

    High School Baseball

    Vandalia 9, Pana 1

    Sandoval 10, Mulberry Grove 0

  • Second Chance possible by the work of many

    Some individuals or groups wait for a government handout for their particular cause; others just go out and put in hours of hard work to get the job done. The volunteers of Second Chance Animal Rescue definitely fit into the latter category.

    About four years ago, Lynn Brown saw the need for an animal rescue shelter. She quickly got others to join in on the cause.

    On Saturday, Second Chance saw its goal realized, as the members of that group welcomed the public to its new rescue shelter and boarding house.

  • Whole lotta shakin' going on in quake area

    "I feel the earth move under my feet; I feel the sky tumbling down. I feel my heart start to trembling; whenever you're around."

    When Carole King wrote those lyrics in 1971, she was musing about the physical impact of a lover's presence.

    The same could be said for the effect of an early-morning earthquake that struck the area at 4:37 a.m. last Friday.

    Some people snoozed right through the 5.2-magnitude quake. Not us.