Today's News

  • Rush family history found after 150 years

    Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work on many family projects, but I think the one that touched me the most was that of Wesley and Anna Catherine Rush.

  • Opportunities lost by IHSA decisions

    There’s something about unrealized potential that prompts a strong emotional reaction.
    When it’s caused by a lack of effort or discipline, it makes us mad. When it’s caused by seemingly random circumstances, it makes us sad.
    But when it’s caused by ill-conceived and apparently cold-hearted decisions by those in authority, it makes us furious.
    Such was a decision made by Illinois High School Association officials at Saturday’s soggy state track meet.

  • Officials don't allow Ambuehl to run in state finals

    The Vandalia boys track season ended with a tough break at Saturday’s state finals.

    Coming into the 110-meter hurdle finals as the No. 4 seed, senior Ryan Ambuehl did not make it to the check-in tent in time to run in the finals, even though he reported before the race actually began.

  • We Apologize

    In a story about the reinstatement of Tony Hicks as director of the Vandalia Community High School band in the May 23 issue of The Leader-Union, it was incorrectly stated that Ken Torbeck is president of the Vandalia Band Boosters.
    In fact, Carla Huhn is president of the organization. Torbeck and his wife Diane, and Tracie Waschle are vice presidents.
    We apologize for the error.

  • PHOTO: Whightsil signs with IC

    Vandalia senior Morgan Whightsil last Thursday signed a letter of intent to play softball for Illinois College.

    Whightsil played in 114 of a possible 116 games during her high school career with the Lady Vandals.

  • News Briefs

    Van driver ticketed for suspended license

    The New Jersey man who was driving the van that crashed last Monday on Interstate 70, west of Vandalia, has been ticketed by the Illinois State Police for driving while his license is suspended.
    The ticket was issued to Malcolm Purnell, 45, of Paterson, N.J.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said on Tuesday that the investigation into the accident is continuing. Those involved in the investigation include the state police and Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Evan Martin Brubaker
    Port Tervorton, Pa.
    Grace Martin Zimmerman
    Jason Daniel Laack
    Alison Lee Stombaugh
    Joshua Michael Lash
    Lorra Renee Dollins
    Randy Gene Troxell
    Lisa Danielle Nicholson


  • Schroeder ends coaching career with state champ

    EAST PEORIA – Pacing in the last row of seats at the EastSide Centre, coach Kevin Schroeder nervously watched as the final athlete he would ever coach was working toward winning a second state championship.

    Eighth-grader Curtis Gordon cleared 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault on May 18 to win the state title and allow Schroeder to close his 33-year coaching career with a back-to-back state champ.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kaylee M. Bell, 25. RR 1, Herrick, was arrested on May 28 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
    • Michelle S. Scodro, 43, 303 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 27 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jeremy D. Palmer, 19, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 27 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge of knowingly damaging property. Bond was $3,500.

  • Cougars defeated in sectional title game

    GREENUP – Four years ago, there was a big freshman class that took the field at Lions Field in Kinmundy.

    Many of those 15 athletes still remained with the Cougars on Saturday when South Central took the field for the sectional championship game, and that’s not exactly the position coach Curt Jones thought the team would be in when he first met the group.