We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!


Stickney, IL—Local horses won a pair of $29,000 stakes races at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago last weekend, while another captured a $7,000 undercard event.

Effingham’s Chad Green was called upon for his first action of the 2020 season on Sunday, coming on for relief and earning the win for the New York Yankees in the team’s 3-2 victory.

The IESA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Thursday, July 23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss fall sports and whether those activities could be held in accordance with the current limitations placed on schools and activities by the Illinois Department of Public Health.


(Macon, IL) On a night where the racing was intense, the tempers were flaring and the summer heat was getting to everybody, Pro Modifieds driver Billy Knebel took not one but two checkered flags. As a result of a rainout two weeks earlier during the feature events, the Pro Modifieds division…


(Macon, IL) Fireworks lit up the sky in Macon, Illinois on Saturday night and on the ground, mud and dirt were flying as 116 race cars thrilled a packed house at the World's Fastest 1/5th mile dirt oval. On America's birthday, it was hot, humid and full of amazing finishes with its special 4…

On Friday, the Illinois High School Association announced that its Stage 2 of the Return to Play Guidelines have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and can be implemented across the state starting Sunday, July 5.


The Illinois High School Association took the first step toward the return of athletics Friday when it announced guidelines for summer workouts for fall sports.


Springfield — Four harness horses with local and area connections reached the winner’s circle on Tuesday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, as part of a $50,000 racing program presented by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


Area athletic directors, coaches and players will have to wait yet another day on the IHSA to announce its Return to Play guidelines to be unveiled, with the IHSA delaying once again.

DECATUR — Millikin University, in conjunction with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), announces its Jack Swartz Award Recipients and the CCIW Academic All-Conference team for Spring season of 2020.

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring.


Tee times are becoming more regular and leagues have already begun at area golf courses, as the die hard duffers return to their healthy addiction, even with some handicaps. The weather has been the biggest handicap, so far.

The Okaw Valley High School Timberwolves baseball program was on a roll for six years. The 2020 graduating senior players, however, were unable to butter that roll, due to the virus crisis.

Joselyn Lewis chopped down batters for the Shelbyville Ram softball team, now she is going to clear timber for the Loggers.

Connor Heaton was a leader of a great senior class at Central A&M High School. Now, Heaton and the Illinois Wesleyan Titans are hoping their freshman class of basketball recruits is equally as great.

Amber Rezinas signed out of Shelbyville hHigh School tennis to compete for Millikin University in 2018. She got warmed up as a freshman, then increased her success as a sophomore.

Carson Beyers has been driven. She has been driving the ball down the court in basketball and driving the pole into the box and vaulting into the sky. She has held school records in pole vault and has been a team leader in multiple sports. Now she is vaulting to Illinois College track.

Diminutive Shelbyville setter Mallorie Mason dished it out at John Wood Community College. She was one half of a counter-punch of sophomore setters this past fall, bilingual Blazer bookends.

Central A&M’s All-CIC guard (‘18) and 3-point shooter Taryn Sams (A&M ‘18) landed a gig at Lincoln Land Junior College in 2018 and played for a team that that went 54-9 (15-5 in conference) in her two years.

One of the many celebrated athletes in recent Central A&M High School history has now bid adieu to her national championship collegiate rugby career.

A Central A&M girls basketball 3-point shooter, Brenah Durbin (5’7”), landed a gig at Kaskaskia College this past season and a starting role, as a freshman.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have hired Philadelphia 76ers executive Marc Eversley to replace the fired Gar Forman as general manager and work under new top basketball executive Arturas Karnisovas, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

Dennis Rodman was one of the rivals Michael Jordan had to conquer on his way to his first run of three straight NBA titles. And Rodman then became one of the teammates who helped Jordan pull off his second three-peat.

Dylan Webster (CHHS ‘19) was a multi-talented athlete at Cowden-Herrick High School and even as a freshman he is cashing in at the collegiate level, claiming a SLIAC championship in the pole vault.

Paul Conlin has been on the bench for Shelbyville basketball for six years. When the varsity coaching positioned opened up recently, he was asked to move down to the end of the bench and take the helm.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their April meeting via a video conference call on Tuesday, April 21, where the Board of Directors announced its decision to cancel all IHSA spring state tournaments.

They say “When a door closes, God opens a window.” After being verbally committed to go to a different college, Shelbyville Ram top killer Kyleigh Marty is joining former teammate Elizabeth Bowyer at Blackburn College.

For 22 years, Tracy Agney has been growing a crop of wrestlers through Shelbyville Jr. Rams Kid Club Wrestling. On Thursday, the Shelbyville School Board hired Agney as the head varsity wresting coach.

Ryan Skowronski was one of three Rams to sign on the same day to play collegiate sports two years ago. He considered three schools, ran for one, then showed up at another.

Marcus Skinner’s collegiate running career is all but completed. Although at Eastern Illinois University in his fourth year this year, Skinner (SHS ‘16) held on to a year of eligibility.

Whitney Smith was singularly focused as a track standout from Stew-Stras High School. She parlayed that focus into competing for at the NCAA Division I level at Eastern Illinois University.

Grace Harlin (OVHS ‘18) didn’t just land one sport career out of high school, she landed a 2-sport collegiate career.

Torre Koontz was the Shelbyville Ram softball ace and a solid hitting 1st baseman in high school. After a 2-year stint at John Wood playing collegiate softball, Koontz is hitting her stride at Eureka College.

Senior Preston Henze (SHS ‘16) led a cadre of Shelbyville distance runners to the University of Illinois Springfield in recent years. He capped his 4th year in cross country last fall, but ran as a junior in track during the indoor season this year.

This Week's Circulars