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Gallatin Co. Jr High Scholar Bowl Team vs. Hardin County

The Gallatin Junior High Scholar Bowl team hosted Hardin County for their sixth game of the new year. The two had previously tangled at the Elizabethtown Arena with Coach Becky Newton's cerebral champions claiming the title. With the 150-60 lopsided loss behind them, the Cougars came to town ready to rumble. The main event would go fifteen rounds and be known as "The Destruction In Junction."


Playing in front of a packed house and with the Gallatin County fans at ringside, the jv squad got the opening toss-up. They were perfect in the bonus for a 25-0 lead. The Hawks would continue to pull away and win by a 170-95 margin.


Kallie Keasler would land the first punch in the varsity game naming which measure of central tendencies gives you the middle of data.The Hawks would get two in the bonus for a 15-5 lead. Hardin County then went to work and buckled the Hawks on the next three toss-ups. The Cougars would land several combinations in the bonus rounds for a 55-25 lead.


Abbie Keasler then delivered a counterpunch with the answer to the number of counts a dotted, half-note gets in four four time.The Hawks would get three in the bonus to pull within 15. Hardin County would get the next toss-up then Blake Seely duked out the solution to a math problem. The Hawks would get two in the bonus with the round ending in a 75-70 HC lead. Garrett Rushing delivered the next blow with the definition of a person who studies weather. The Cougars would tag team the Hawks for three in the bonus and lead by 10.


Hardin County would then pummel Gallatin on the next two toss-ups and stretch the lead back to 25. Abbie Keasler got the Hawks back in the fight by naming whose picture is on the $50 bill. HC would go toe to toe with GC in the bonus, and the round ended with Hardin County leading 115-105.


The Hawks would get hammered again when the Cougars got the next two toss-ups and a 140-110 lead going into the 14th round. Blake Seely then knocked out another math problem. The GC team had a flurry in the bonus and entered the final round down by 10. Konner Gross would send the last toss-up to the canvas naming the capitol of Hawaii. With two in the bonus, the Hawks caught the Cougars at the bell.


In the event of a draw, the first team to correctly answer two toss-ups is declared the winner. The oddsmakers favored Hardin County as they had previously answered eight toss-ups compared to Gallatin County's seven. The Gallatin County fans were frozen to the edge of their seats in the come from behind thriller, and wouldn't thaw any in the overtime. Hardin County got the first toss-up and the Hawks were on the ropes again. Konner Gross would keep Gallatin County alive naming the city where the 2012 Summer Olympic games were held. With the title on the line, Konner Gross landed the first punch on the next toss-up naming which measure of central tendencies gives you the average of data. Winners by unanimous decision, the Hawks were the undisputed champions in the Gallatin-Hardin series.




Local 4-H to Receive Grants from Farm Credit Illinois

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Local 4-H clubs and their members will be improving the local community, thanks, in part, to grants from Farm Credit Illinois. Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded $10,500 to 42 4-H clubs and seven FFA chapters in the area it serves through its annual community improvement grant program. Clubs received up to $250 each for specific community projects.

For example, members the Gallatin County Clover Busters 4-H Club will landscape at the First Baptist Church and Community Building in Shawneetown. In addition the Gallatin County Saddle 4-H Club (Gallatin County): Repair and Paint Announcer's Stand at Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Ridgway

“It is a privilege for Farm Credit Illinois to share a vision for healthy rural communities with 4-H and FFA members,” said Rod Stoll, vice president of public relations for Farm Credit Illinois. “We congratulate this year’s grant recipients and salute them for making positive and tangible contributions in their local communities.”

While 4-H is about kids learning about areas that interest them, be it the sciences, arts, or leadership skills, one of the most important aspects is service learning.  Members strive to help improve their clubs, community, country, and world one step at a time.  Our local clubs volunteer here in Gallatin County regularly.  In addition to collecting school supplies, making crafts for various groups, we also collect coupons for military families.  Called Troopons, 4-H members collect, cut, and sort coupons to be sent to various commissaries by Support Our Troops.  Gallatin County 4-H clubs have collected over $1000 worth of coupons since beginning this project in November!  That’s pretty good for a small community like ours.

To learn more about 4-H in the community, contact Kassy Scates at272-3022, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or drop by the office at 216 S. Murphy in Ridgway.

Upcoming Events

3/15 Illini Summer Academies Registration opens

3/20 Meeting

3/28 Southern Regional Horse Contests

4/3 Citizen Scientist registration due

4/10 Sewing Workshop

4/11 Citizen Scientist-Makanda

4/18-19 State Horse Bowl & Hippology contest at U of I

5/1 QAEC Certification Due

6/9-6/12 West KY 4-H Camp

6/21-6/24 Illini Summer Academies 

School Events, March 25 - April 4

Gallatin County School Events Calendar

March 25, 2015-April 4, 2015

Thu., Mar. 26 -            Kindergarten Registration 8:15-3:00

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Galatia (A) 4:30

Fri., Mar. 27 -              Kindergarten Registration 8:15-3:00

                                    FFA Fish Fry Sponsored by FFA Alumni – Ag Room & Auto Shop 11am-7pm

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Massac Co. (A) 4:30

Mon., Mar. 30 -           High School Boys’ Baseball – Goreville (A) 4:30

Tue., Mar. 31 -            High School Girls’ Softball – Pope Co. (H) 4:30

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball –Pope. Co. (H) 4:30

Wed., Apr. 1 -             High School Girls’ Softball – Joppa (H) 4:15

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Joppa (H) 4:15

Thu., Apr. 2 -               High School Girls’ Softball – Hardin Co. (H) 4:30

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Hardin Co. (H) 4:30

Fri., Apr. 3 -                NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Century (H) 4:30

Courts Release News Release About Court Reporters

The Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois, which comprises the counties of Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White, employs 15 court reporters and one court reporter supervisor. They are State of Illinois employees that are under the supervision of the Chief Circuit Judges of Illinois. It recently has been reported that a budget shortfall exists in which the funding for court reporting services will result in no funds remaining in the budget effective late April, 2015. Due to this impending financial crisis, the Chief Judges of each circuit in Illinois are implementing plans to address this lack of funding. Chief Judge Tom Tedeschi of the 2nd Circuit has ordered that each employee of Court Reporting Services is to begin taking furlough days, effective immediately. Chief Judge Tedeschi remains hopeful that the issue will get resolved soon in Springfield. Chief Judge Tedeschi states, “The Courts are required to have an official record made in several types of cases and without reporters to prepare an official record, the impact upon our system of justice in Illinois will be drastic. I encourage our leaders in Springfield to resolve this crisis quickly. If nothing gets done, the results will be catastrophic to the courts and the public. I do believe that our leaders in Springfield will correct this matter. I just hope it is sooner rather than later”

After Prom Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser This Sunday

The Gallatin County After Prom Annual Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, March 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school commons. Juniors and Seniors will be selling tickets for this event starting this coming week. The meal consists of Pork Chop (by Rick Rider), hashbrown casserole, green beans, roll, dessert, and iced tea. Carry outs will be available. We will need volunteers from the JR/SR classes & their parents to help provide desserts as well as help with set up, serving, cleanup, etc... I will be sending a note home with the Juniors and Seniors for their parents to see important info and deadlines regarding After Prom. If you would like to purchase tickets you can also call the HS office and we will be able to either reserve tickets for you or have a Junior or Senior student contact you. We truly are blessed to have such an AMAZING community that enables our students to have the BEST and SAFEST After Prom experience around! I can't express how excited and grateful the students (and their parents) are to be able to continue this Gallatin County tradition of Best Post Prom Party Ever! This is the only fundraiser we ask the students to help with. We are very lucky to have such huge community financial support for this event. On behalf of the students, parents of our prom attendees, and the After Prom Committee I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for your continued support! Anyone interested in helping in any way with the dinner or actual after prom event at the SIU Rec. Center please feel free to inbox me or you can call 276-4918 or the Gallatin County School. If you are unable to attend the dinner and/or would like to donate to this worthwhile event donations can be mailed to Gallatin County After Prom 2015, c/o Gallatin County Unit 7 School, 5175 Highway 13, Junction, IL 62954 or c/o Richard Siler, 527 North Calhoun Street, Equality, IL 62934. Thank you!