Deer hunting in Fayette County has been affected by recent changes approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Fayette County was one of 20 counties removed from the late-winter antlerless hunting season in changes to the 2014-15 deer hunting season announced last Tuesday by IDNR Director Marc Miller. Bond and Clinton counties were also removed from the list.
Additional changes also came in the number of firearm permits available in some counties. Fayette County’s permit numbers were not affected.
The Family YMCA of Fayette County held the third annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 5K run/walk last Saturday, with proceeds from the race benefitting the Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Scholarship.
Kevin Childers won the 5K in 30:17, and Sheba Shimoji was the fastest in the 10K, finishing in 49:28.
•Sheba Shimoji, 49:28
•Roger Hill, 56:05
•Melanie Bowles, 57:34
•Beth Hoffmann, 1:20:44
The Freight will once again come of out retirement this weekend to play in the Amateur Softball Association’s annual state wooden bat fast-pitch softball tournament in Casey.
Vandalia will play its first game on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field against Teutopolis Miller Lite in the opening game of the tournament.
With a win, Vandalia would advance to play the Springfield Frannies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Warrior Field.
A youngster sprints out to an early lead as participants take off in last Saturday's 5K run sponsored by the Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital, a non-profit organization which has purchased more than $1.5 million of medical equipment for FCH since 1988.
SUMMER LEISURE SERIES
The Family YMCA of Fayette County will hold its first session of the Summer Leisure Series next week.
The program is designed to introduce lesser-played sports to youth ages 10-14, and will be held for one week in each June, July and August.
Among the sports to be instructed are: ultimate Frisbee, bocce ball, badminton, sand volleyball, soccer, flag football, table tennis, dodge ball and relay races/obstacle courses.
Prior knowledge of the sports is not a requirement.
Donna (Lay) Collins, a Vandalia graduate, was recently inducted into the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame.
A three-sport athlete at Greenville College, Collins earned 12 letters in her four-year career while leading her teams in volleyball, women’s basketball and softball to winning seasons every year.
In volleyball, Collins earned numerous all-conference and all-district awards, and in basketball, she was the team’s leading free-throw shooter each season.
Two of the best players from the two-time national champion Vandalia Freight fast-pitch softball team were recently inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Nick Casey and Rich Well gave their induction speeches at a ceremony on April 12 in Decatur.
Casey holds team records in home runs (144), triples (45), walks (286) and slugging percentage (.684), playing in 567 games. He also held a 74-59 record as a pitcher, and drove home 560 runs, while scoring 481 times.
A national relay raising money for One Run For Boston passed through Fayette County last Thursday night, despite cold and rainy conditions.
Rick Myers, a Vandalia resident and marathon enthusiast, was joined for Stage 214 by Matt Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Ealy of Effingham for an 11-mile run beginning at 11:10 p.m. at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City.
The run continued to the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate Drive in St. Elmo, with the trio arriving slightly ahead of schedule at 1:12 a.m.