Today's News

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, March 23, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations for the banquet should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than Monday, March 19.  Limited seating is available, so early registrations are requested.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs:  Trisha Holliday, Women’s Opportunity Award; Katie Shields, Violet Richardson Award; and Laurie Mabry, Ruby Award (Women Helping Women).

  • News Briefs

    Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon has been canceled.

    Gottman a panelist at state conference

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is among the participants in the Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism this week

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gina D. Weaver, 40, homeless, was arrested on March 13 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $15,000, and she was extradited to Marion County.
    • Escobar Z. Olmos, 20, Effingham, was arrested on March 13 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper signal, no valid driver’s license and illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, March 16

  • Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    A campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been canceled.

    Steve Riddle, site superintendent of the Vandalia Statehouse, told The Leader-Union at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday that he had been notified of the cancellation.

    Riddle said he was told that Santorum's campaign group originally planned to drive through the area, but is now traveling through Illinois by plane.

  • Area coaches enjoying weather at start of practices

    Area baseball and softball teams have been outside more often at the start of this season’s practices than last year.

    Warm temperatures over the past two weeks have allowed teams to practice outside instead of inside gymnasiums like last season, when snowy and cold conditions lingered through March.

    In  St. Elmo, the more-traditional practices helped prepare the Eagles for their season-opener with Shelbyville on Tuesday, which the team lost, 12-2.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia basketball awards presented

    Vandalia coaches presented awards earlier this week.

  • St. Elmo eighth-graders qualify for state tournament

    The St. Elmo eighth-grade volleyball advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8-2A state tournament on Monday by defeating Neoga 25-9, 25-12 at St. Anthony.

    St. Elmo’s record is now 18-6, and the team will play Roanoke-Benson (17-2) on Saturday at Lewistown High School at 11:15 a.m.

    The winner plays again at 1 p.m.

  • Prep roundup (March 15)

    St. Elmo baseball loses season-opener

    ST. ELMO – A slow start put the Eagles behind early, and they weren't able to recover during a season-opening 12-2 loss to Shelbyville on Tuesday.

    Junior Connor Beasley was hit with the loss after allowing five earned runs in two innings.

    The Eagles (0-1) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second before getting RBIs from Beasley and senior Woodsen Savage in the third.

    Sophomore Dalton Parks had St. Elmo's only multi-hit game, with a 2-for-3 effort.

  • Plenty Going On at Brownstown Elementary