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The 6th Annual 3 - Mile Fun Run and Walk for St. Jude held on Saturday, September 26th was another huge success.  We had 83 participants attended this special event. Thanks to your help and the support of our generous community we raised more than ever before. This year we raised a grand total of $1872 to be donated to St. Jude. Attached is a picture of us showing our support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thank you to the Student Council members, you guys did a great job.  Thank you to all of the parents for all of your help in making this event so successful.  Most of all thank you to all of the participants we could not have done it without you.  By: Drew Scates GCJH Student Council Secretary

Quarter Launch Feb. 4 at SIC

2016 Shawnee Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony

America the Beautiful Quarters Program

AtB Program Overview

The United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national sites in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories-Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Under this program, five new reverse (tails side) designs began appearing on the quarter-dollar in 2010 and will continue through 2020. The quarters are being released sequentially in the order in which the featured site was first established (five each year through 2020, with the final design in 2021). All of the coins are legal tender, issued by the United States Mint and available in general circulation.

Site and Design Selection

The sites and designs were developed through a consultative process involving the governor or chief executive of each host jurisdiction, the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, with final approval by the Department of the Treasury.  Sites and designs represent those places of the utmost natural and historical significance.

2016 Coins

In 2016 the U.S. Mint-America the Beautiful Quarters will release  the following coins: Shawnee National Forest (Ill.), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Ky.), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (W.Va.), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (N.D.), and Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument (S.C.). For more information visit: www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/

Save the Date!

America the Beautiful - Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony


Date: Thursday  February 4th, 2016   10:00am

Followed by a Coin Exchange from 11:00 to 12:00pm

Location: Southeastern Illinois College – Gymnasium


Coin Forum - A public forum is held the evening before the quarter launch for collectors to hear and ask questions about the United States Mint and its programs.

Date: Wednesday  February 3rd, 2016   5:00 to 6:00pm

Location: Shawnee National Forest Headquarters --Large Conference Room


Forest Service Contact: Sue Hirsch, Public Affairs Assistant –(618) 253-1005  

Cub Scout Next Meeting Oct. 22

Adventure for the Whole Family

Cub Scouts is an adventure not only for the 1st-5th grade boys in the program, but for the whole family. If you and your son like to go camping, fishing, hiking, learning new things like life skills, how to tie knots, and how to build a Pinewood Derby Car then Cub Scouts is the place for you!


Scouting is set to build character, encourage good citizenship, and promote personal fitness all while having FUN!


Join us at our next meeting Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm in St. Kateri Catholic Church’s gym. If you have questions please contact Abby Roberts at812-423-5246 x214 or toll free at 800-264-5246 ext. 214

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Gallatin County Jr High Cross Country Runs First Race

The Gallatin County Junior High Cross Country team ran their first race of the 2015 season at the Dave Gray Invitational in Norris City on September 15. Gallatin County had its first taste of cross country when Wes Henson took a group of fifth grade boys to two matches in 2012. Over the years students, parents, and school officials have discussed the idea of adding the sport of cross country. The current school board brought the idea to fruition with Mr. Doug Miller offering to coach the high school, and Ms. Mariah Dennison volunteering for the junior high position.

GC competed against runners with two to three additional years of cross country experience and fared well in the event.  The girls junior varsity squad ran a 1.2 mile course, and Gracie Oldham finished 8th overall with a time of 8 minutes 26 seconds.  Hallie Zirkelbach crossed the finish line 23 seconds later coming in 18th out of a field of 60.  Both places were high enough to receive medals.  Other team members include:  Murphy Foster, Addyson Monroe, Falyn Wargel,  Addison Bean, and Ella Dennison.

In the varsity meet, Drew Scates ran the 2.05 mile course in 17 minutes 7 seconds for a 21st place finish.  Kallie Keasler took the checkered flag 23 seconds later finishing 24th.  Abbie Keasler crossed the finish line 2 seconds after her sister finishing 25th in a field of 60.  All three received medals.  Other varsity runners include Macy Crane, Chloe Dennison, Morgan Schmitt, and Raleigh Cox.

On the boys side four eighth graders are on the varsity team: Will Henson, Justin Sakamoto, Gage Ellison, and Dalton Birdwell. There is an award for the team with the highest overall finish. Five runners are required for a team to complete for the award and sixth grader, Jeremy Brugger, and fifth graders, Rylie Rushing and Blake Stanford round out the varsity.   Will Henson placed 3rd overall running the 2.05 mile course in an outstanding 12 minutes 53 seconds.

There has never been a team in any sport in Gallatin County which captured the hearts of the fans as quickly as Ms. Dennison’s speedsters did at the Dave Gray Invitational. In cross country there are no time outs, no substitutions, and no half times. Every member of the team runs and, for the newly arrived GC team, the first third of the race was physical, the second third was mental, and for the last third they were running on heart alone.

Gallatin County will compete next in the Harrisburg Invitational.  It is a popular event and attracts teams from several schools.





























4 H News

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Gallatin County 4-H kicked off the new 4-H year with the 2014 national 4-H Youth Science Day activity “Rockets to the Rescue”. This experiment was developed by the University of Arizona and explores the field of aerospace engineering.  In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, National 4-H Council asked youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that could deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims.

Participants build a rocket, loaded it with food and launched it at the target disaster area. Adjustments for weight, angle of launch, and force of air behind the launch were made in order to reach the target. Through involvement with the activity youth learned engineering concepts, developed math skills, learned about nutrition and helped solve a relevant, global issue.

One out of every seven adults in the U.S. is a former 4-H member. Clubs are accepting new members this month to grow that number even higher.  4-H members in Gallatin County have joined the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.


Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.  There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H community clubs, coordinated by local certified adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from over 100 different project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.


Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project. Robotics, photography, gardening, visual arts, science, horses, sewing and dogs, are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.


One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.


To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact: Kassy Scates at 272-3022, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the office in the Gallatin County Farm Bureau building in Ridgway.


Upcoming Events

10/4-11 National 4-H Week

10/10-12 Discover Chicago

10/16 Volunteering at Haunted Forest

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10/16 IWRC Photo Contest Entries Due

10/24 Sustainable Living Expo at Dixon Springs

11/1 Farm Bureau Photo Contest Entries Due

2/27-28 Junior Leadership Conference