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Today's News

  • Carrying the Banner for Cancer Survivors

    Eight-year-old Emmily Leidner helps carry the survivors banner at the start of the Fayette County Relay for Life on Saturday afternoon at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    Heavy rains on Friday night and the threat of rain on Saturday caused organizers to move the event from Rogier Park to the YMCA facilities.

  • Former Ill. Bell employees hold reunion

    The subject of this week’s Fayette Faces were once the “Fayette Voices” on which many citizens depended for communication via their telephone.

  • Passing of the Reins at VCC

    Correctional Center on Wednesday morning.

    Here, Jessie Maske (center), equine coordinator of the new VCC program, accepts the reins from Lanny Brooks (left), executive director of the Illinois Horse Benevolent Protection Association. At right is Diana Pikulski of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. More on the grand opening will appear in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • City puts garbage law on the books

    The city of Vandalia has charged all residents for trash pickup in the past, but didn’t have specific wording on that issue in its ordinance book. It does now.
    The council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that states that it’s “in the best interest of the public health … that the use of garbage collection … be made mandatory.”
    It further states that “all occupied residences shall pay the charges for residential waste collection.”

  • Lake eatery put on hold

    As of Tuesday morning, the Fayette County Board was scheduled to vote next week on a second request for a liquor license filed by a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

  • A class of their own

    The group of senior athletes who graduated from Vandalia Community High School at the end of the May left behind a year’s worth of successes that they will never forget. Just over 40 percent of the senior class played at least one sport, 22 percent of the 99 graduates were two-sport athletes, and five seniors – Wade Cowger, Abby Dugan, Leyton Godoyo, Michael Wells and Morgan Whightsil – played sports year-round for the Vandals.

  • Jr. Legion squad gets first victory

    VANDALIA – In the season’s first two doubleheaders, Vandalia’s Jr. Legion squad had been close to winning the opening game each night.

    On Tuesday, Post 95 was clearly tired of coming up short.

    Vandalia plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Carlyle and pitched out of several jams to take a 5-2 victory for its first win of the summer.

  • Rain cuts short Post 95's opener

    VANDALIA – Summer baseball returned to Vandalia last Thursday, but the summer weather was lagging a few innings behind.

    Vandalia’s Sr. Legion team had its season-opener cut short after a line of storms rolled into the area after the top of the seventh inning, giving Centralia a 6-1 victory in non-district action.

    Post 95 (0-1) had just three hits – including two infield singles – and only hit two balls in the air against Centralia’s Kyle Davis, who showed exceptional control in striking out eight.

  • Alumni sweep Lady Vandals in softball

    VANDALIA – The alumni put on an offensive show in sweeping a doubleheader on Tuesday against the current Lady Vandals.

    Vandalia’s former players pounded out 31 runs in the two games – 13-5 and 18-3 victories.

    Audra Donaldson had five hits on the night, including a pair of doubles, and Shelby Cearlock totaled four hits – with two doubles and a triple – and four runs.

    In game one, the alums scored in all five innings, doing the most damage in the third and fourth innings with four runs in each.

  • Patoka, Vandalia in first shootout

    A pair of local teams will take part in the first summer shootout in Vandalia.

    Next Monday and Tuesday, Vandalia and Patoka will both be in action at the various schools in the Vandalia district, with each team starting play at 9 a.m. on Monday.