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Today's News

  • Get out and play

    More than 300 youngsters have participated in baseball or softball through the Fayette County Family YMCA this summer.

    Despite bad weather at times, 304 youths took the field this season, which is nearing its finish.

    Due to the rising popularity of traveling teams, however, that number is about 100 fewer than the YMCA had just two years ago.

    Nonetheless, Amber Daulbaugh, who was hired as the program director at the Y on June 20, still said that she was pleased to see so many children participating in something active and competitive this summer.

  • Vandalia Sr. Legion ends season after three tourney games

    SALEM – Before the bottom of the sixth inning at the Sr. Legion District Tournament on Saturday, Vandalia’s players stood outside the dugout and tossed their bats onto the field.

    Done to “wake up” the bats because Post 95 was struggling offensively while clinging to a 2-1 lead, Vandalia would go on to score once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and thrice in the eighth to walk away from the first-round game with an 8-1 win against Bridgeport.

  • Post 95 falls in final game; looking toward tournament

    With the Jr. Legion District Tournament set to begin on Thursday, it was good to see that Vandalia’s squad did not give up during its final regular season game on Monday.

    Unfortunately, the offense didn’t start clicking until after it had fallen behind by 13 runs and needed to score to make the game last more than five innings.

    After the eventual 17-9 loss to Effingham, however, coach TK Kinkead said he believes that fighting spirit will serve his team well in Salem over the next several days.

  • Crafty pitching gives Jr. Legion team win

    The Vandalia Jr. Legion club started last Friday’s game with a soft-tossing lefty.

    It closed the game with a lanky, hard-throwing righty, and the contrasting styles had Salem fooled during an 8-5 win for Post 95.

    “That was our plan at the beginning of the game,” said TK Kinkead of his pitching strategy. “After the rough first inning, Matt (Campbell) really settled down, and I kept on letting him go until Salem caught up to him.”

  • South Central splits doubleheader

    The South Central Jr. Legion baseball team split a doubleheader against Effingham on Saturday.

  • South Central offering sports physicals

    South Central Schools will be holding a sports physical clinic at South Central Middle School on Tuesday.

    The exams are for athletes only and those entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade should not register to receive their health physical.

    Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and the physicals will be given from 9-11 a.m.

    The cost is $15 and checks are payable to Salem Medical Center.

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball Results from July 6

    Game 1
    Keck’s Marsh 16
    Goldsmith Farms 6
    •Jason Laack had a double and a triple for Keck’s, and Matt Thompson homered and Cody Allen doubled for Goldsmith.

    Game 2
    Goldsmith 9
    Keck’s 7
    •Patrick Thompson, Travis Nodyke and Reid McKinley each doubled for Goldsmith. For Keck’s, John Lotz doubled twice.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from July 8

    Modified Division - 17 cars
    Heat 1        
    1.    11    Kelly Devall
    2.    4L    Tim Lewis Jr.
    3.    49    Craig Kern
    4.    G1    Gabe Menser
    Heat 2        
    1.    20    Cody Clark
    2.    98C    Cole Hussong
    3.    K9    Will Krup

  • Thomason, Smith win Fayette crowns

    Marisa Thomason was crowned the 2011 Miss Fayette County and Emma Grace Smith won the Little Miss Fayette County competition on Monday night at the Fayette County Fair.

    In the Miss Fayette County competition, Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was the first runner-up, and Ella Ehrat was the second runner-up.

    In the Little Miss pageant, Morgan Leann Lofland was the first runner-up, and Aubrey Nacol Hebenstreit was the second runner-up.

  • Mayfield crowned 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County

    Brooke Mayfield was crowned the 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County at the pageant held on Sunday afternoon at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Mayfield, the 11-year-old daughter of Chad and Shannon Mayfield, also won the Junior Miss Photogenic plaque.

    Karsyn Garrison, the daughter of Robert and Kristina Garrison, was first runner-up, and Karington Smothers, the daughter of Kelley Banal and Brent Smothers, was second runner-up. Smothers also was recognized for selling the most raffle tickets. Garrison was also the People's Choice winner.