Today's News

  • Several players to return for first home game

    After two long road trips, the Vandals will be at home for the next two games.

    “It was two long bus rides against two good ball clubs, so we kind of got a baptism by fire the first two weeks,” said coach John Stout after his team surrendered 46 points in both of those games. “It’ll be nice to get around some familiar surroundings.”

    Staunton (2-0) will come to town for a 7 p.m. game this Friday in what is expected to be another tough matchup for the Vandals (0-2).

  • Sophomore Bradley carries workload at Carlinville

    CARLINVILLE – After opening the season with no carries, Vandalia sophomore Bobby Bradley found himself with a big workload last Friday in the second game of the season.

    When senior running back Dalton Smith suffered a concussion on the first play of the second offensive series, Bradley became the primary ball carrier for the Vandals and made the most of his opportunity during a 46-0 loss at Carlinville.

  • Another prominent Vandals player injured in loss

    CARLINVILLE – The injuries continued to pile up for the Vandals football team last Friday night.

    Already short several players, another Vandalia starter was lost to a concussion early in a 46-0 loss at Carlinville.

    “We threw a lot of young guys in there tonight,” said coach John Stout, who had to replace two juniors and a senior. “Hopefully, we get some of the hurt guys back next week.”

  • Late timeout motivates Vandalia to take 3rd

    ALTAMONT – Apparently, benching threats from Vandalia volleyball coach Allison Hall are to be taken seriously.

    After a lackluster performance to start the second set in a battle of Fayette County teams for third place at Saturday’s Altamont Tournament, Hall called a timeout and gave her players a simple message.

    “Basically, I said that if any balls touch the floor, that person is coming out,” Hall said. “We get into this funk where they are playing for themselves.

  • Lady Vandals knocked off by pesky Roxana squad

    VANDALIA – It didn’t seem that anything the Lady Vandals did in the attack game last Thursday would work.

    Vandalia’s players hit with authority at times and then tried off-speed tips, but a pesky Roxana squad dug up almost all of those attacks on the way to handing the Lady Vandals their first loss with a 25-18, 25-9 victory in South Central Conference action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister were photographed about 75 years ago.

  • Neighborhood groceries once dotted city

    One of my favorite childhood memories is from the years when we lived on East Madison Street in Vandalia. My brother, Don, and I would search the streets and alleyways of our neighborhood for soda bottles to redeem at McCormick’s Grocery.

  • Sidewalk project is a good start

    If you’ve walked much in the Vandalia city limits, you’re aware of the dire condition of some of the city’s sidewalks. Some are deteriorating. Some are being heaved up by tree roots. And some are non-existent.
    The city of Vandalia is currently seeking bids for the replacement of sections of sidewalks in nine specific locations within the city. (See the Legal Notice on page 10 of today’s Leader-Union for full information.)

  • News Briefs

    Museum's Season of Entertainment set

    Historical Vandalia's 2013-14 Season of Entertainment schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday, Sept. 22 – Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon will perform as Clara Barton in telling how Barton's work led to the development of the American Red Cross.
    • Nov. 10 – Historical Markers of Illinois will be presented by William Furry of Springfield, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society.
    • March 30, 2014 – Dr. Kevin Childers will perform as Pontious Pilate.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license application was issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Joshua Lee McCarty
    Andria Beth Carroll
    Lonnie Ray Boswell
    Kimberly Sue Kirkendoll
    Nathan James Jacquin
    Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Mahala Danae Harpster
    Villa Ridge, Mo.