Several members of Beautiful Chaos Dance Center recently competed at a pair of regional competitions.
At the Midwest Cheer and Dance Championships in St. Louis, the senior dance team place first, and the junior dance team placed second with hip-hop routines.
At the Showstoppers Regional Competition in St. Charles, Mo., the senior dance team placed first in hip-hop and jazz, and second in lyrical.
The junior dance team placed first in hip-hop and jazz, and second in lyrical.
A Vandalia native will run her first-ever marathon in October as a charity runner.
Stacy White has nearly reached her goal of raising $750 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and earning a spot in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13.
The Foundation helps children who are diagnosed with cancer, and is named for Alexandria Scott, a 4-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 1.
Registration has opened for the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s spring soccer league.
Children who are 4 years old through fifth grade may register, and the registration cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. The registration deadline is March 2, and a late fee for $20 will be assessed from March 3-12.
Children will be broken up into three groups: 4-year-olds-kindergarten; grades 1-2; and grades 3-5. All players must be 4 years old by April 30.
Five local natives will be inducted to the Kaskaskia College Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Vandalia’s Robert Garrison and Mulberry Grove’s Curt Thacker will be inducted as members of the 1988-89 baseball team, and Brownstown’s Lyle Doehring, and Patoka’s Luke Walker and Harlan Gerrish will be inducted as members of the 1966-67 men’s basketball team.
The induction ceremony will be held following the Blue Angels women’s basketball game at 2:30 p.m. A brunch will be held prior to the induction.
The Knights of Columbus is hosting a free-throw shoot-out at Vandalia Jr. High on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Boys and girls ages 10-14 may enter the free event, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of each age group.
All participants will receive a certificate.
Firearm deer hunters in Illinois harvested nearly 100,000 deer during the two weekend seasons, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The 99,324 deer taken are 1,504 more than in 2011. The first season (Nov. 16-18) saw 72,111 deer killed, and the second season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) added another 27,213 to the total.
There was a statewide increase of 5,610 deer killed in the first season, and a decrease of 4,046 in the second season.
Women's self-defense course begins in January
A six-week women's self-defense course will begin on Jan. 2 at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
The program will be held every Wednesday night through Feb. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Registration cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, and the course will be instructed by Don Theirry and Jessie West.
The program is designed to improve awareness and de-escalate situations, while learning in a safe environment.