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School Board Election In April Petitions Available

2017 Consolidated Election Petitions for Board of Education Members are Available

Gallatin County Clerk Beth Wargel announces that petition forms for the April 4th, 2017 Consolidated Election for the Gallatin County Unit School District #7 Board of Education Member positions are now available at the County Clerk’s office located at the courthouse in Shawneetown.

Petitions for the school district will be filed with the County Clerk’s office from Monday, December 12th through Monday, December 19th during regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On the last day of filing the office will remain open until 5 p.m.  Additional information is available when picking up petitions including signature requirements.  If you have any questions pertaining to the election, please contact the County Clerk’s office at 618.269.3025

Need to Register to Vote? You can online.

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Are you registered to Vote?  If not you can go online at the link below to register.    Everyone should vote in each election, it is our right and the right thing to do so we can elect the best people for the positions.

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Gallatin County Clerk Beth Wargel Announces Early Voting Dates

Gallatin County Clerk Beth Wargel has announced the dates for you to early vote in Gallatin County.  Below is the notice she has released.  Any questions should be directed to the office at 618-269-3025


Gallatin County 4H

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4H Online is a go!  You can now join 4-H without the hassle of gathering papers that are so often easily lost.  It is a fairly straightforward process, but like all new things it takes some adjustment.  To help ease the transition there are two documents now on the Gallatin County Illinois 4-H Facebook page.  One document is a walk-through of how to enroll online.  The 4H Online page is mobile friendly- you can enroll using a computer, tablet or smartphone.  The only issue is it is not compatible with Internet Explorer.  You will need to use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or similar web browser.  The second document is a hard copy version of enrollment.  We realize some are simply more comfortable using the traditional paper enrollment, so we still offer it! Please do not hesitate to contact the office for any help you may need!  We want to make this transition as seamless as possible.


Some exciting advantages to the new online method is youth and parent volunteers are grouped as families.  That means you no longer have to repeat the same contact information on form after form.  Another super advantage is you can log in to your account and stay up to date on the newsletter and other documents on your family home page.  Hopefully this will streamline application processes for activities and events! If you aren’t sure what you want to do yet check out this new issue of The Illinois Clover online. It’s your guide to the New 4-H Year! Access it online @ go.illinois.edu/4HClover


Speaking of clovers, the annual Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover campaign is coming up next month.  Funds raised go to support leadership opportunities and camps for kids in our unit. Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White Counties make up Unit 24. The 4-H motto is “To Make the Best Better”, and one way we do this is through teaching youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.


Don’t forget the Lego Mindstorm Robotics workshop on Monday, September 19.  It will be held in the back room of the Gallatin County Farm Bureau Building in Ridgway.  Please call ahead to we can make sure to have enough computers and robots for participants!


We like to offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, and we need community members to help!  If you have a few hours to give and a talent or area of knowledge to share we would love to have you! For any questions about 4-H, our programs, or how you can get involved contact Kassy Scates at 272-3022 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Upcoming Events

9/19 Robotics Workshop

10/2-8 National 4-H Week

10/5-16 TSC Paper Clover

10/8-10 Discover Chicago


Ridgway Haunted Park Is Back

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After 23 years of the Haunted Forest in Ridgway, the Coleman Center decided it was time to move on.  They will be hosting their event now in Harrisburg at the fairgrounds.    Police Chief Tim Condon of Ridgway spearheaded the movement to have something here as it was always a huge event with lots of people going through.

Condon and a group of people from Ridgway have decided to take on the task of having our own, so this year we will have the Ridgway Haunted Park.  October 21 and 22 has been selected as the nights, mark your calendars, get your hay wagons ready, plan your parties.   

More information will be released soon and they will be having a Facebook page to keep people informed.   Tell your friends they can still come to Ridgway to see a great haunted show.