Today's News

  • Family Y gets big donation, 99-year lease at Grand Raffle

    The Family Y of Fayette County, at its annual Grand Raffle event on Saturday, announced several major developments in its efforts to build a new facility in Vandalia.

    Under the theme of “Building the Future,” the fund-raising event raised money for the YMCA’s 2009 operating budget.

    But this year, it also served as a platform to announce the receipt of two significant donations toward the construction of the organization’s proposed $2 million building.

  • Monday at 9 a.m.: Frank Watson stepping down

    State Sen. Frank Watson announced on Monday morning that he will be resigning from the Illinois Senate.

    Watson, a Greenville resident who has served as the Senate minority leader in recent years, continues to recover from a stroke he suffered last October.

    Watson said Monday morning that he is resigning for several reasons, including his need to continue rehabilitation and his desire to spend more time with his family, which includes wife Susan, two children and a grandson.

    For the complete story, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Lady Vandals set wins record on Senior Night

    Senior Night could not have been sweeter Monday for the Vandalia girls basketball team.

    Not only did the Lady Vandals pick up their 23rd win of the season – breaking last year's program record – they did it against their biggest rival, beating Pana for the second time in as many weeks, 48-34.

  • Lady Vandals clinch SCC-East title

     The Vandalia girls basketball team not only wrapped up its first-ever South Central Conference East Division title Monday night - the Lady Vandals got their mojo back.

    After struggling offensively in wins over Pana and Hillsboro its previous two games, Vandalia scorched the nets to the tune of 58 percent shooting from the field in a 61-48 win at Litchfield.

  • VCC warden placed on leave

    The warden of Vandalia Correctional Center has been placed on administrative leave.

    Derek Schnapp, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Steve Mensing had been placed on administrative leave.

    Schnapp declined to release the reason for the disciplinary action against Mensing, citing the IDOC policy on personnel matters.

    Schnapp said that Mensing will continue to be paid while on administrative leave.

  • Deem, McCarty receive Abe Awards

    Rodney Deem and Tom McCarty were named the 2009 recipients of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's Abe Awards at the chamber's annual banquet on Thursday evening.

    Also at the banquet, the chamber's 2008 president, Doug Knebel, handed over the reins of the organization to the 2009 president, Joanna Helm.

    The complete story will appear in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.


  • Two meetings on consolidation of St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts held
  • York makes first appearance in court with new attorney

    A rural Ramsey man who pleaded guilty late last year to the murder of his unborn child will likely have to wait two months to argue for a reduced sentence.

    Michael York of rural Ramsey made his first appearance in court with his new attorney on Tuesday, about six weeks after he made known that he wants a reduction in his sentence.

  • Lady Vandals pick up rare victory at Pana

    Down by five points early in the second half and in desperate need of offense last Thursday at Pana, the Vandalia girls basketball team went to a scoring option few teams possess.

    It turned to its defense.

    The result was a turnover-fueled 11-1 run that turned an 18-13 third-quarter deficit into a 24-19 Lady Vandals lead and - after some tense moments down the stretch - something that hasn't happened in quite a while.

  • Vandals game at Hillsboro postponed again

    Tuesday's postponed Vandalia boys basketball game at Hillsboro has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 16, at Hillsboro. The game was originally rescheduled for tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 28), but heavy snows wiped out VCHS's latest attempt to take on the Hiltoppers.

    The Vandals' home date with Hillsboro has also been postponed twice and has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at VCHS.