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.
The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee elected 2013 officers at Tuesday’s meeting.
Tom Lucken was elected to remain president of the committee, and Steve Ledbetter retained his spot as vice president.
New elects were treasurer Gayna Montgomery and secretary John Ashdown.
Appointments were also made for several posts at the meeting, which was only attended by three members of the organization.
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.
Four area athletes will be participating in a local Special Olympics individual basketball skills challenge in January.
Cameron Houston, A.J. Runkel and Veronica Doehring of Vandalia, and Michael Seward of Ramsey are each practicing once a week with volunteer coach Erica Foltz at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in preparation for the Special Olympics Illinois Area 12 event at Mascoutah Junior High School on Saturday, Jan. 19.
St. Elmo native Logan Mahon is heading back to Major League Baseball.
The Baltimore Orioles have purchased Mahon’s contract from the Gateway Grizzlies, according to the team.
“We’re excited for Logan and happy that he will get another chance in affiliated ball,” Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said in a release. “He’s deserving of the chance, and we wish him well.”
In the fall, there were more than 170 children registered for YMCA soccer and flag football.
Fortunately, the generosity of the Miller family allowed the Y to accommodate that many kids without any problems.
Miller Field, which opened in 2009, sits in front of the YMCA building on Rock Island Avenue, and has three soccer fields and a flag football field that always see plenty of action during the fall.
Rex Rosenberger of Ramsey recently harvested a 23-point deer in northern Fayette County. He said he has seen the deer the past three years, but had never been close enough to kill it. The deer measured 234.5 inches.