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Jr. High Scholar Bowl Travels to Massac County

The Gallatin County Junior High Scholar Bowl team traveled to Massac County for their third away game in a row.  Coach Becky Newton's magnificent minds spent the bus ride preparing for the match awaiting them. 

 The GC junior varsity jumped out ahead 30-0 only to see MC get the next three toss-ups and take a 55-30 lead. The game was tied three times and saw several lead changes before the Hawks retook the lead on the last bonus winning 135-130. 

In the varsity game Kallie Keasler spiked the opening toss-up with the answer to the number of bones in the human body. The Patriots would outscore the Hawks in the bonus and on the next toss-up for a 35-10 lead. Garrett Rushing then tipped the next toss-up over naming the president after Nixon. With fervid GC teamwork the Hawks were perfect in the bonus and knotted the score 35-35. 

Massac County would widen the lead by 10 before Garrett Rushing set up the team for the bonus round when he answered a question on the Earth's rotation. The round would end in another knot 50-50. Blake Seely then stuffed the next toss-up solving a math problem, and Gallatin County got two in the bonus for their first lead of the game. The Hawks would widen the lead when Kallie Keasler aced the term for the brain control center of the snail. Getting two in the bonus, GC now led 80-55. Blake Seely kept the Hawk rally alive with the answer for the instrument that measures humidity. One in the bonus put the score at 90-55. 

Worried that Gallatin County was on the verge of a blow out, the Massac County coach called for a time out. Leaving the huddle with instructions from their coach, the MC team came back to their buzzers and got the next four toss-ups, taking a 130-100 lead.  Konner Gross returned the next serve naming the waterfall that the United States shares with Canada and the Hawks pulled within 25. Abbie Keasler then dug out the answer to the next toss-up with the term for the passing of traits. GC got two in the bonus with the round ending Massac 130 and Gallatin 120 and one toss-up remaining. 

The Gallatin County fans felt a sigh of relief when Konner Gross dumped the next toss-up over by naming the number of teeth in an adult. The relief was short lived as GC and MC each got one in the bonus with Massac winning 135-130. Not being one to despair, the GC team vowed to get them next year.

Summer Sign Ups March 14 at the School Commons

Gallatin County Youth Athletics will be having signups for summer ball.  Signups will beSaturday, March 14, 9:00 - 12:00 and Thursday, March 19, 3:00-6:00, both in the school commons. Children that will be in kindergarten in the fall of 2015 through those that will start 8th grade in the fall of 2015 are eligible to play.  The cost is $25 for t-ball and $35 for baseball and softball.  Each player will be required to sell a box of 60 candy bars or can choose to opt out by paying $30.  Also, shirt sizes will be taken at registration, so please know what size your player wears.

Trivia NIght at Gallatin Co School March 20

Are you addicted to Trivia Crack?  Then come play the real thing!


Gallatin County Athletic Boosters is hosting a Trivia Night!


  • Come join the fun on March 20 in the school commons


  • Doors open at 6:00 and Trivia will start at 6:30


  • Get a team of 6 people together and compete for $60 per table.


  • Prizes will be given to first, second and third places. 
  • Questions will be suitable for Jr. High on up and will cover all subjects.


  • Snacks will be provided. 
  • Sign up by calling Sara Rushing, 313-2198, or getting a form from the high school office. 
  • Hope you can join us

Fatal Wreck Claims Life of Holly Musgraves

 The Illinois State Police have released the following the press release in regards to the fatal accident South of Harrisburg on Feb. 27.  The victim Holly Musgraves is the daughter of Suan O'Neal of Ridgway,  Please keep this family in your prayers. 



The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 19:


WHAT:                                    Fatal Traffic Crash


WHERE:                                  Illinois Route 145 at Pankeyville (Saline County)


WHEN:                                    02/27/15, at approximately 5:53 a.m.


VEHICLES:                             Grey 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer


DRIVERS:                               Holly D. Musgraves, age 26, of Carrier Mills, Illinois (Deceased)


PASSENGERS:                        None  


CAUSE:                                   Remains under investigation.


TRANSPORTS:                       None


ROAD CONDITIONS: Both lanes of traffic were closed for approximately four hours while the traffic crash was investigated.  Both lanes of traffic are open at this time.


PRELIMINARY:                    According to the preliminary traffic crash investigative details, the driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Holly D. Musgraves, was northbound on Illinois Route 145 in Pankeyville, when she lost control on icy pavement, left the roadway, and overturned.  Musgraves was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.   


                                                Musgraves was pronounced deceased at the traffic crash scene by the Saline County Coroner’s Office.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.  


                                    An ISP Crash Reconstruction Officer (C.R.O.) has been assigned to the crash investigation.  In addition, ISP District 19 was assisted at the crash scene by the Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Saline County EMS, Saline County Coroner’s Office, Harrisburg Police Department, Harrisburg Fire Department, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (I.D.O.T.).         


CHARGES:                             None

Jr. High Scholar Bowl Picks Up Big Win at Benton

The Gallatin County Junior High Scholar Bowl team traveled to Benton for their second game of the new year. With only 24 hours of rest after the grueling rematch with Galatia, their buzzer fingers were already itching before they got off the bus. The varsity record was sitting at three wins two losses, and Coach Becky Newton's adopted academians were ready to put some distance between that and the .500 mark.

 The JV game was tied at five each after the opening round toss-up. A surprised Benton team would then fall behind 50-5 before scoring again. The Hawks would go on to win by a score of 100-80. 

The Rangers answered the opening toss-up in the varsity game and took a 15-10 lead. Blake Seely would then jump on a math toss-up, and the Hawks would get two in the bonus for a 25-15 lead. Benton got the next toss-up, then Abbie Keasler named the largest building in area for a 30-25 lead.

 Benton would pull ahead 50-30 before Kallie Keasler correctly added mixed numbers.  Each team would get one in the bonus cutting the Ranger's lead to 15. Kallie Keasler would score again on the next toss-up by naming the simplest one-celled organism. Outstanding Hawk teamwork in the bonus would light up the scoreboard as they nailed all four questions to retake the lead 65-55.

 For the third time in a row the GC squad would get the first shot at the bonus questions when Abbie Keasler correctly named the date of the year that followed 1 BC. The Hawks would get two in the bonus for an 80-55 lead. Benton would then come within 15 before Logan Arnett identified the primary star in the Little Dipper. Each team would get one in the bonus with Hawks holding a 90-70 edge.

 The Rangers got the next toss-up and three in the bonus to knot the score 90-90. Kallie Keasler then answered a math toss-up, and with two in the bonus, the Hawk's fans were breathing again. With the GC lead at 10, and buzzing in at the speed of light, Abbie Keasler named the term for electronic junk mail. Gallatin got two in the bonus to push their lead to 120-105.

 Brock Seely, giving the term for an inactive plant, continued the Hawk onslaught and Gallatin County continued to pull away getting three in the bonus. Kallie Keasler would put the final nail in the coffin giving the name for the land at the mouth of a river. The Hawks varsity would leave town with a 145-115 victory and a record of four wins and two losses.