Today's News

  • Gordon repeats as state champion

    EAST PEORIA - Vandalia eighth-grader Curtis Gordon has repeated as state champion, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault.

    Gordon battled an athlete from Parkside all the way to the final height, with Gordon clearing 12-9 on his third attempt.

    Prior to the pole vault, Gordon placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

    The Illinois Elementary School Association state finals are held at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

    Much more information on Gordon's day will be available in the May 25 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Three area teams make regional championship games

    Three teams from the area have made regional championship games.


    On Friday, (2) Mulberry Grove will battle (1) Altamont at St. Elmo at 4:30 p.m.

    On Saturday, (2) Ramsey will battle (1) Nokomis at Ramsey at 11 a.m.


    On Saturday, (2) South Central will battle (1) Altamont at Lions Field in Kinmundy at 11 a.m.

  • Ruffner makes state high jump finals

    CHARLESTON - In her third trip to the state track meet, Sierah Ruffner qualified for the finals of the high jump.

    The Vandalia senior cleared 5 feet, 2 inches with ease to automatically qualify for Saturday's state finals in the event, something she was unable to do in her freshman and junior years.

  • Mother's Day Art Contest Winners

    The winners of an art contest held by WJLY Radio and McDonald's are shown.

  • Missouri Baptist University

    Missouri Baptist University
    Blythe Bergstrom of Florissant, Mo. formerly of Vandalia, graduated from Missouri Baptist University on April 30 in St. Charles, Mo.

  • Honor Roll

    Patoka Schools
    Third Quarter
    High Honors
    • Grade 3: Drew Belcher and Jacob Stephens.
    • Grade 4: Kassidy Devall, Jordan Gebke, Nickole Houston, Emma Landreth and Matthew Landreth.
    • Grade 5: Madeline Clark and Braden Torbeck.
    • Grade 6: Jaelyn Cain.
    • Grade 7: Baylie Devall, Parker Karrick, Sydney Stephens and Brittaney Wynn.
    • Grade 8: Garrett Belcher and Alexis Phillips.
    • Grade 9: Dylan Back, Taylor Isaak and Emily Van Uytven.

  • PTA Pinning at KC

    Kaskaskia College held its annual pinning ceremony recently for the physical therapist assistant program class of 2013.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Physical education classes
    Kaskaskia College will offer a variety of physical education courses on and off of campus this summer.
    The main campus will offer the following physical education courses: six sections of physical fitness, recreation and physical activity; basic, intermediate and advanced weight training, strength fitness, lifetime total ritness, fitness center participation and introduction to coaching.
    Online courses include introduction to coaching and introduction to physical education.

  • Updated farm estate planning book out

    The 17th edition of "Farm Estate and Business Planning" by Dr. Neil Harl is now available.
    This 471-page, soft-cover book is a guide for farmers and ranchers who want to make the most of the state and federal income and estate tax laws to allow the least expensive and most efficient transfer of  their estates to their children and heirs.

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau presents two $1,000 scholarships for ag students

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded scholarships to two local students who are planning careers in agriculture.