Today's News

  • Mary Peyton Meyer dies Thursday

    Mary Peyton Meyer, a retired teacher for more than four decades and The Leader-Union's Frogtown correspondent for more than 85 years, died on Thursday morning. She was 102.

    Complete obituary information appears in the Obituaries section of our Web site.

  • Three Memorial Day programs scheduled

    Three Fayette County communities will hold programs this weekend to honor the men and women who have died in military service to this country, and one will dedicate a new veterans memorial as part of its program.


    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Memorial Day program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Legion Home.

    Braxton Denton will serve as the keynote speaker, and other speakers will include Vandalia Chief of Police Larry Eason and Vandalia student Britney Bennett.

  • 4x400=State Championship for Lady Vandal relay team

    Four x 400.

    Prior to last weekend's IHSA girls state track and field meet, those figures equated to many tremendous accomplishments for Kris Stunkel, Ashley Durbin, Kayla Houston and Paige Dodson during the 2008 season.

    Countless school records, a conference championship and a sectional title - just to name a few.

    But on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston, 4 x 400 equated to something Stunkel, Durbin, Houston and Dodson could have never dreamed coming into the team's first state appearance.

  • Altamont's Braasch no-hits Eagles in regional title game

    The postgame scene was a very emotional one Monday, as St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue said goodbye to a boatload of seniors following a 3-0 loss to the host team in the championship game of the Altamont Class 1A Regional.

    "I just appreciate all the dedication they've shown over the years," said Beccue of his 10 seniors. "Having that many kids from one class at a small school do what they do, I can never tell them how much they mean to me."

    Beccue credited his seniors for raising the status of the program to new heights.

  • Chiles, Hiltoppers end Vandals' season

    Hillsboro's Jordan Chiles has shown the Vandalia baseball team he can hit a baseball just as well as he runs the football, kicks the football and shoots the basketball.

    Turns out, the Vandals' multi-sport nemesis can pitch a little as well.

    Chiles out-dueled Dallas Gray in a battle of aces Friday, leading the host team to a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the Hillsboro Class 2A Regional.

    Chiles had Vandalia frustrated all game long, allowing just one earned run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

    The good news: Chiles has finally graduated.

  • Lady Aces keep the faith, win 2nd regional title in 3 years

    The Mulberry Grove softball team kept the faith when ace Brittany Crandell went down with a torn rotator cuff early this spring.

    And thanks to that perseverance - and a near-flawless effort Saturday in a 6-2 win over Bunker Hill - the Lady Aces are regional champions for the second time in three seasons.

    Granted, prior to the season, the Lady Aces (25-9) fully expected to be in the position they found themselves in when they were presented the championship plaque at the Valmeyer Class 1A Regional.

  • Cougars take 7th regional title in 9 years

    A sense of normalcy has finally settled in this spring.

    The weather is warming up. The rain has finally stopped. And the South Central baseball team has won another regional.

    The host Cougars took home their seventh regional title plaque in nine years Saturday, rolling to a 7-2 victory over Woodlawn in the title game of their own Class 1A Regional.

    The victory South Central's second of the day and sixth straight overall, as the Cougars (19-12-1) started the postseason in typical fashion following a regular season that was anything but.

  • VCHS duo answers 'Bell,' 'Goen' back to state

    Josh Goen and Drew Bell will be making their second trips to the IHSA boys state track and field meet this weekend at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium.

    But their return paths to Charleston have very little in common.

    Bell has been mentally and physically prepping for another shot at the big blue track since making his state debut a year ago as a sophomore.

  • Congratulations to state champs!

    Four girls from Vandalia Community High School have done something no other girls from their school have ever done.

    The 4 by 400 relay team of Paige Dodson, Kris Stunkel, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin brought home a state championship the first in the history of the girls track program. And they did it in convincing style beating the competition by about 1.5 seconds and eclipsing their own school record (set in the prelims on Friday) by nearly three seconds.

  • On Monday, remember our vets

    On Monday, our nation will pause to remember.

    Well recall the freedoms we often take for granted.

    Well remember the men and women who have sacrificed to keep us free.

    Well reflect on our responsibilities as citizens.

    But will we really fully appreciate the importance of Memorial Day? Probably not. For the majority of us, sacrificing for our country is still an abstract concept one to which we have no direct personal connection.