Today's News

  • PHOTO: YMCA hosts Martial Arts Tournament

    The spring martial arts grappling tournament was recently held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

  • PHOTOS: State champion tumblers

    Four area tumblers were recently named state champions at Highland High School, with all of them plus several other members of the Triple A Tumbling team qualifying for the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this June.

  • Ramsey softball sectional game moved to Macon

    The sectional softball game between Ramsey and Cumberland has been moved from Moweaqua to Macon for Tuesday.

  • UPDATE: Names of accident victims released

    The names of the five people who were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Monday on Interstate 70 have been released by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

    The dead have been identified as 54-year-old Emerson Baldwin, 53-year-old Andrew Canada, 42-year-old Antonie Mitchell, 52-year-old Mark William and 29-year-old Thomas Coleman. All are from the Philadelphia, Pa., area.


  • Ramsey softball team wins first regional title since 1993; South Central also earns regional championship in baseball

    The Ramsey High School softball team picked up a 2-1 win against Nokomis to win its first regional title since 1993.

    The Lady Rams will play Cumberland at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the sectional tournament.

    The South Central baseball team beat Altamont, 4-3, to win a regional championship.

    The Cougars will play North Clay at Cumberland High School on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the sectional tournament.

  • Ambuehl, Strobel headed to state for the Vandals

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl and sophomore Ben Strobel will represent Vandalia at next week's Illinois High School Association state track meet.

    Ambuehl qualified for the meet in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, while Strobel made it in the 3,200-meter run.

    Running at the Lawrenceville Sectional on Friday, Ambuehl won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.47 seconds, and took second in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 51.84 seconds.

    Strobel took third in the 3,200, but beat the automatic state qualifying time with a school-record time of 9:59.07.

  • Meyer takes fourth in the state in pole vault

    EAST PEORIA - Vandalia eighth-grader Emma Meyer placed fourth in the pole vault state finals on Saturday, clearing a school record 9 feet, 9 inches.

    Vaulting at the Illinois Elementary School Association state finals at the EastSide Centre, Meyer was one of four vaulters to make it to 9-9, but she was unable to get over 10 feet.

    But with a school record and a top-five finish, Meyer said she was still pleased with her day.

  • Ruffner places 11th at state in high jump

    Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner ended her high school athletic career with an 11th-place finish in the high jump at the Illinois High School Association state finals.

    Ruffner cleared 5 feet, 2 inches - as she had in the prelims - but was unable to get over 5-3.

    More information about Ruffner's trip to state will be available in the May 25 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • 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.