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Today's News

  • Murder sentencing delayed

    The sentencing hearing for a Ramsey man convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month has been postponed for a little more than three weeks.

    A sentencing hearing for Michael York, 29, was set for last Friday, but Fayette County Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm granted a continuance as requested by York’s attorney, Ed Potter.

    York’s sentencing hearing has been reset for Tuesday, Oct. 18. He faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder on Oct. 2.

  • L-U sent to all households in Fayette County

    If the appearance of today’s Leader-Union in your mailbox is a surprise, it’s because this issue is being sent to every household in Fayette County.

    “We’ve invested in this sampling because we want non-subscribers to see what they’re missing,” said Dave Bell, publisher. “We think it’s important for citizens to be informed about what’s going on in Fayette County – the news, the features, the sports and the advertising specials. And there’s no better way to do that than reading The Leader-Union.”

  • Abe Lincoln is marshal for Lions Parade

    With the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday just around the corner, the Vandalia Lions Club will recognize Lincoln’s ties to the community and the town’s rich heritage at the club’s 66th annual Halloween parade this Thursday night.

    Vandalia’s Abe Lincoln, local merchant Abe Clymer, is the grand marshal for this year’s parade, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    As always, the parade travels east on Gallatin Street and ends at Kennedy Boulevard (Third Street).

  • Enhanced 911 vote is next Tuesday

    An elderly woman living alone awakes in the middle of the night after hearing noises in her home. Realizing that someone is in her house, she wants to call the police, but thinks that the intruder may hear her making the call and attack her.

    But making that phone call is her only way of getting assistance, and – with basic 911 service – she can’t get police to her home without telling them her address.

    “With the basic 911 that we have know, 911 is just a phone number, just like every other phone number,” said Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason.

  • 6 plead guilty to federal meth charges

    Five Fayette County residents and a former resident of the county pleaded guilty in federal court to a methamphetamine offense.

    A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Monday that four of the individuals pleaded guilty on Thursday, and the two others entered guilty pleas on Friday.

    Pleading guilty to a county of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver were:

    • Thomas E. Wilkerson, 47, Shobonier.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 30

    4 The Fayette County Health Department will hold an additional adult flu shot clinic from 9-11 a.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $35 for flu shots and $50 for pneumonia shots; Medicare Part B will be billed.

    4 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 Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

  • VCHS JV and freshman volleyball teams combine for 30-5-3 record

    The present couldn't be much brighter for the Vandalia varsity volleyball team.

    The Lady Vandals recently set a program-record with their 23rd win - taking their first-ever outright SCC-East title in the process - and they will be favored to win their first regional title since 1985 this week at Olney.

    But despite facing the loss of five senior starters next year, the varsity team's future seems bright as well, as the Vandalia junior varsity and freshman teams recently wrapped up highly-successful seasons, combining for a 30-5-3 record.

  • Local woman qualifies for Boston Marathon

    Imagine for a moment that your Saturday mornings for the past three months consisted of getting up at 5 a.m. to do something most people would find unimaginable at any hour of the day - running 20-plus miles.

    Now imagine that the point of all that hard work - to prepare to run in the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles - was wiped away by a hurricane.

    Yes, a hurricane.

  • Vandals' offense comes alive against Carlinville

    When the postseason - and all the pressure that comes along with it - is just around the corner, even 7-1 teams can use a little boost of confidence.

    And fortunately, the Vandalia football team got a much-needed shot of self-esteem Friday at Mark Greer Field with a 33-18 "Senior Night" win over Carlinville.

    Much like it did last year, the Vandals entered Week 9 in great shape record-wise, but struggling offensively.

    Unlike last year, coach John Stout's team emerged from its offensive funk just in time to enter postseason play with a much better mindset.

  • Vandals to host Flora in first round

    It's difficult not to look ahead when something you really want is just down the road.

    But, by the same token, the Vandalia football team knows its hopes of getting where it wants to go - to Highland for another shot at Greenville in Week 2 of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs - will hinge on its ability to focus on what's directly in front of it Friday night at Mark Greer Field, where the Vandals (8-1) will take on Flora (7-2) at 7 p.m. in the first round.