Send a card to Mr. Shirley

10567970_10152713447003273_1510365136_nFormer South Central Teacher and Coach Gary Shirley is having some serious health issues.

He would love to hear from former players and students. Marla suggested cards that might include that person’s favorite quote of Gary’s. She would like to them combine them into a book for him.

If you are interested in sending him a card or word of encouragement, send it to: 410 Case Street, Kinmundy, Illinois 62854.



Lake Land College Alumni Association to host second annual scholarship 5K

Dust off your running shoes and join the Lake Land College Alumni Association for its second annual Scholarship Run for Fun 5K. The event will be held Saturday Sept. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. Check-in time for runners will begin at 7:15 a.m.

The 5K cross country race course, approximately 3.2 miles, will take place on the Lake Land College campus, spanning its beautiful 317 acres. The cost to participate is $25 per runner.

All proceeds collected from the Run for Fun 5K will be donated to the Lake Land College Foundation in support of Lake Land College Alumni Scholarship.

A first place award will be given to a male and female runner in each age bracket. Age brackets are as follows: 17 and under; 18-25; 26-35; 36-45; 46-55; and 55 and over.

Participants can register online at or download a paper application at that same website. Cash or checks will be accepted with the paper registration form and credit cards are accepted for online registration. Fees are due at the time of registration. Participants familiar with may also register through that site. Search “Lake Land College.”

Checks can be made payable to: Lake Land College Foundation. Mail the payment and registration form to:

Attn: Foundation Office

5001 Lake Land Blvd.

Mattoon, IL 61938

The Lake Land College Foundation was established exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. The Foundation assists the College in developing and enhancing the educational opportunities and service to its students, alumni and citizens of the district. The thrust of the Foundation is to provide student scholarships through funds contributed by individuals, agencies and corporations. The Foundation awards on average 400 scholarships every year, totaling $360,000. All proceeds from the Scholarship Run for Fun will go to the Lake Land College Foundation.


South Central Middle School Notes

A few notes from South Central Middle School

Band camp has been scheduled for next week 7/28-7/31 from 1pm-4pm daily.

Softball and Baseball practice will start Aug 1st @ 8am. Softball will be at St Peter and Baseball will be at Farina. ALL paperwork and fees MUST be turned in before players are allowed on the field.

Items Needed: 

Hopefully you have all been saving your plastic caps/lids over the summer. Please continue to save them and be sure to ask your relatives, friends and neighbors to save them as well. We will be accepting them as soon as school resumes.

We are in need of some empty paper towel tubes. Please start saving now and send with a child when school starts.


Local Boys 7th Grade Basketball Travel Team Finishes 2nd In AYBT National Tournament

BLOOMINGTON – Force Five, a local 6th and 7th grade travel basketball team made up of boys from Selmaville, Central City, South Central and Franklin Park grade schools ended their AYBT summer tournament schedule at the national Tournament held in Bloomington from July 17th through the 20th.  Force Five finished the week with a 9-1 record.  The team’s only loss came in the championship game against the Metamora Redbirds.

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St. Peter Softball team wins first place in extra innings


The St. Peter coach pitch softball team won the tournament last week at Sandoval.  They finished the season 9-1.  Front Row- Kelsey Dippold, Reagan Roberts, Lauren Jenne,  Second Row- Jaylyn Michel, Jossy Krueger, Sidney Shumate, Emma Jenne, Olivia Brauer, Mackenzie Webb, Kaley Blomberg. 3rd Row- John Michel, Umpire, Scott Brauer, and Phil Shumate.  Not pictured. Cindy Cross, and Kathleen Roberts.



Patton off to solid start with new team

ROUND ROCK – For Spencer Patton, a change of location looks to be just what the doctor ordered.  After struggling in his final few outings for Omaha, Patton has found his groove for the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate for the Texas Rangers.

After debuting for the Express on Saturday, Patton has pitched in a total of 3 games.  His latest coming Tuesday night at Oklahoma City where the hard throwing right hander earned the save.  In one inning of work, Patton struck out 2 and did not allow a hit.

In fact, Patton has thrown 3 innings since the trade and has not allowed a hit or a run.  He has struck out 4 and walked nobody.