Today's News

  • Schroeder ends coaching career with state champ

    EAST PEORIA – Pacing in the last row of seats at the EastSide Centre, coach Kevin Schroeder nervously watched as the final athlete he would ever coach was working toward winning a second state championship.

    Eighth-grader Curtis Gordon cleared 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault on May 18 to win the state title and allow Schroeder to close his 33-year coaching career with a back-to-back state champ.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kaylee M. Bell, 25. RR 1, Herrick, was arrested on May 28 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
    • Michelle S. Scodro, 43, 303 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 27 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jeremy D. Palmer, 19, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 27 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge of knowingly damaging property. Bond was $3,500.

  • Cougars defeated in sectional title game

    GREENUP – Four years ago, there was a big freshman class that took the field at Lions Field in Kinmundy.

    Many of those 15 athletes still remained with the Cougars on Saturday when South Central took the field for the sectional championship game, and that’s not exactly the position coach Curt Jones thought the team would be in when he first met the group.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 30

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, June 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from noon-midnight in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Sunday, June 2

  • Big hits lead to semifinal win for SC

    GREENUP – Now that South Central is back to playing Class 1A schools, the Cougars are showing that they mean business.

    Two home runs led a 16-hit barrage against North Clay in last Wednesday’s 11-3 sectional semifinal victory.

    “We’re going back to small-school baseball,” said senior Fischer Tharp, who went 2-for-4 in the game. “We’ve played 2A and 3A schools all year, and when we get here, the pitching and hitting is nothing like what we’ve been seeing.

  • Powell continues work with Locks of Love

    Teresa Powell is a advocate for children with cancer who have lost their hair. In fact, Teresa is just passionate about kids.

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    Special luminaria – paper lanterns lit to represent those lost to cancer and those who have survived - will be showcased during the 17th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fayette County this Saturday.
    The Relay for Life will again be held at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia, but the time has been changed. This year’s event will be held from noon-midnight.

  • Cougars outfielders show off defensive skills

    GREENUP – His coach called it unbelievable.

    A long-time teammate said there must have been a trampoline in the outfield.

    His acrobatics left part of the crowd stunned and part of the crowd in a frenzy over one of the finest catches a person will see at the high school level.

    It was a good day to be South Central senior Austin Schwarm last Wednesday, as he made a leaping catch in left field to rob a two-run double, and also homered as part of a 16-hit barrage that gave the Cougars an 11-3 win against North Clay in the sectional semifinals.

  • Streetscape project going well

    Despite regular interruptions due to bad weather, Vandalia’s most-recent downtown streetscape project appears to be moving along at a good pace.
    “I think it’s going very well,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting.
    The city’s director of public works agreed with the mayor.
    “It’s just going real good,” said John Moyer, giving good marks to the general contractor, Kinney Construction of Raymond. “They’re real particular.”

  • Riley betters time at state prelims

    As the only freshman in the 200-meter dash state preliminaries, South Central’s Chase Riley was facing tough odds as he competed against athletes who are closer to being men than boys.

    With the slowest qualifying time, Riley had little chance to make the event finals, but he was able to run a faster time than he did at sectionals and better his seed last Thursday.

    Running for the Patoka/South Central co-op, Riley ran the race in 23.87 seconds to finish 29th out of 31 runners on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.