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This past Friday Gallatin county 4-H members gathered at the Farm Bureau Building for fun and service activities.  Youth made and packaged cookies for the Marion VA Medical Center care packages, painted ornaments for area nursing homes, and learned how to make candles.

Chocolate fudge with white chocolate chip cookies were on the menu.  Members helped make the cookies, roll them out, and place them on the cookie sheets and time how long they baked.  After cookies were baked, the kids moved them to cooling racks before bagging them.  Snickerdoodle dough proved a bit more troublesome.  In the end Gallatin County 4-Hers had made and bagged five dozen of each flavor for the Marion VA Medical Center, plus a few to snack on themselves!

While some focused on cookie making others chose a different creative outlet. Members painted a variety of holiday scenes on wooden ornaments.  Some were embellished with ribbon and bells as well. The only limit was imagination! Ornaments will be distributed locally to nursing homes and care centers.

Cassandra Rainey, the leader of the Gallatin County Clover Busters also owns Wix-Wax and More, specializing in making soy based candles.  She taught the kids how to make a Mason jar candle.  Participants learned the importance of wiping out the interior of the jar, assembly of the wick, and placement of the wick in the jar.  Mrs. Rainey let them measure the flakes to melt into wax and the scent for the candles.  She melted and poured the actual product.  Members then had to set their wicks in wick holders to prevent them from leaning.  The finished product was both beautiful and delicious smelling!

Over the holiday break we will hold another ornament making workshop.  Details will be announced closer to time.  Please like our Facebook group Gallatin County Illinois 4-H for the most recent updates.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about 4-H 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

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2/7 Junior Leadership Conference Registration Deadline

2/14 Handbook Cover Contest Entries Due!

2/28-3/1  Junior Leadership Conference

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

6/21-6/24 Illini Science Academies

Jeff Cox performs on Christmas album


Nashville, Tenn.--Jeff Cox, a native of Harrisburg and an assistant professor of music at Trevecca Nazarene University, is the band leader and upright bassist for Tim Rushlow, a Country Music Association (CMA) winner and Grammy nominee. In late fall of this year, Cox traveled to Florida to participate in promotional events for Rushlow’s new Christmas album, “Tim Rushlow and His Big Band Classic Christmas,” which debuted at #16 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Cox performed with Rushlow on The Daily Buzz and Emotional Mojo, television programs that are syndicated in more than 175 markets.


In addition to his work with Rushlow , Cox is scheduled to perform with Grammy Awardwinner Earl Klugh and jazz vocalist/stylist Nnenna Freeman. Also, he teaches in Trevecca’s Department of Music and directs the university’s very successful Lab Band 1.

As “a Christian university in the heart of Nashville,” Trevecca Nazarene University  provides a liberal arts education to its 2,600 students through associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Trevecca students have the best of both worlds—a small-college community within thriving and exciting Nashville. Its students enjoy rich opportunities for recreation, arts and music experiences, internship training, and exposure to career prospects. Visit www.trevecca.edu for more information about Trevecca.

Photo caption: Jeff Cox (at the piano) performs with Tim Rushlow  and guitarist and producer Jimmy Ritchey during their our recent appearance on the syndicated TV show The Morning Buzz.

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School Events Dec. 17 - 27

Gallatin County School Events Calendar

December 17, 2014-December 27, 2014

Thu. Dec. 18 -             Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Carmi (A) 6:00

Fri., Dec. 19 -             PreK-4 Christmas Program – HS Gym 12:30

                                    Early Dismissal 2:05

Sat., Dec. 20 -             Bitty Ball Team Games 8:30-10:30

Mon., Dec. 22 -           NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

Tue., Dec. 23 -                        NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wed., Dec. 24 -           NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

Thu., Dec. 25 -            NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

Fri., Dec. 26 -             NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

                                    High School Boys’ Basketball – Eldorado Holiday Tour.

Sat., Dec. 27 -             NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK

                                    High School Boys’ Basketball – Eldorado Holiday Tour.

Four Jr High Hawk Baseball Players Named All Conference

Four players from the Gallatin County Junior High Baseball team were selected to the All Conference GEC team for the 2014 season.  The Hawks had a very successful season, making it to state for the second year in a row.  Pictured are:  Grant Bosaw, son of Scott and Michelle Bosaw; All Conference MVP Audie Goebel, son of Chris Goebel and Kristy Goebel; Coach Mark Hiller; All Conference Team Captain Robbie Prince, son of Robbie and Linda Prince; and Garret Rushing, son of Ryan Rushing and Sara Rushing.  Congratulations to these players and their coaches!

Alliance Coal Donates to Weekend Snack Pack Program

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On Friday, December 05, 2014 River View Coal – Alliance Coal presented Lucinda Schmitt, Superintendent at Gallatin County School with a generous donation of $2,750 for the Weekend Snack Pack program for needy students provided through St. Kateri Church and Gallatin County School Employees. Money was collected from underground and surface employees of the mine and matched by River View Coal – Alliance Coal. Pictured are Lucinda Schmitt, Kerry Willett, Mark Evans, Marty Ford and Mike Tackett, Plant Manager of River View Coal Surface Operation.