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Saddle Up for St. Jude at S & H Arena

Saturday, November 1, 2014  starting at 9;00 AM

S & H Arena located at 447 County Road, 800 E, Norris City, IL will be hosting its 4th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Benefit Auction.

Attached below is the flyer with all the information and directions on how to get there.  Come and enjoy a day of fun and food with friends.  All going to a great cause.

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Ham & Beans on Election Day

November 4, 2014 is Electioni Day.  The Altar Society of St. Kateri Catholic Church will be once again preparing and selling Ham and Beans with  Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Drink and Pie.  $5 Donation, Pre School eats free.  The time of serving will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the St. Joseph Parish center in Ridgway.  Carryouts will be available and you can call ahead at 618-313-0878.

Halloween is Friday Night

Friday Night most all the towns in the area will be having hours for all the little goblins to go trick or treating.  Please leave your porch light on if you are offering goodies for the little ones.  Please drive safe, and have a fun time

Halloween Tips from Kathryn Scates

Halloween is an exciting time of year for many.  Parents and kids can work together to create fun safe costumes and décor.  The rest of us can help keep our communities safe as well. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers some great tips to help keep everyone healthy and safe.

 Choose your costume with care. A well-fitting costume is just as important as a fun, creative one.  A preventable fall isn’t the best way to start out the night. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.  Check labels to make sure the costume and accessories are flame resistant. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.

  Visibility counts! It’s a great idea to add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Glow sticks, glow necklaces and flashing lights can easily be clipped to a costume or treat bag. Make sure your kids and their escorts have a flashlight with fresh batteries. Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!

A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.  Older children who go without an adult should go in a group, on a predetermined route decided by the family. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. It is a good idea for kids to carry a cell phone in case of emergency.  Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.  Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.   If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.  Never cut across yards or use alleys.  Trick-or-Treaters should only cross the street as a group. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.

Avoid post trick or treating bellyache by serving a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating.  Kids will eat less sugary foods if they are already somewhat full.  Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

If trick-or-treaters will be coming to your home remember to turn on a porch light.  Pick up anything along the sidewalk children could trip over.  Keep your pets inside; all the activity can be stressful on them.  You wouldn’t want your pet to accidently scratch or knock over a child.  If you will be out driving, take it slow and be extra aware of your surroundings.  Dark nights and dark costumes can disguise pedestrians.

Don’t forget this weekend is the Coleman Tri-County Services Fun Run/Walk at the gazebo in Shawneetown.  This fundraiser benefits the Coleman Center Dignity Fund.  Please wear a 4-H shirt as we will be saying the pledges and carrying the flags. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the event begins at 9 AM.

The new 4-H year has begun!  If you or someone you know is interested in learning what 4-H has to offer please 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

11/1 Coleman Tri-County Services Fun Run/Walk

11/14 Achievement Night


Election Is Next Tuesday - Sales Tax Only Local Interest

Next Tuesday, November 4, 2014 the voters of Gallatin County will once again go to the polls to cast their vote for or against persons runnning for offices from Governor all the way down to County Board Members.  Also on the ballot will be 5 questions regarding Constitution changes, minimum wage and retention of Circuit Judges.

Locally there is no contested races, as Sheriff Shannon Bradley, Clerk Beth Wargel, Treasurer Pat McGuire and Assessor Lori Hise all Democrats are unopposed.  County Circuit Judge Tom Foster is up for retention.  Randy Drone and Lisa Coonse are both running for County Board with 2 to be elected.

The only topic that has generated some excitement is the School once again placing on the ballot to increase the local Sales Tax by .5%.  This was on the ballot in the primary election and failed.   The money is to be earmarked for building repairs and upkeep.   If passed the sales tax in Gallatin County would become 7.75%.

Excercise your right to vote.  This is how things get changed.