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December 12, 2017 Shawneetown, Illinois-On Monday, December 17, 2017 in Gallatin County Circuit Court two individuals arrested and charged in November were sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Jason D. Patton of Shawneetown, IL pleaded guilty to Unlawful Use of Cannabis Based Product Manufacturing Equipment under a negotiated plea agreement Monday in front of Judge Thomas Foster.  Patton was sentenced to a term of three-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a two-year term of parole to be served upon his release.  Patton was also ordered to pay court costs, fees, and assessments.   Under the agreement, Patton admitted to possession of butane gas cartridges and butane hash oil generators; pieces of equipment and gas necessary to produce butane hash oil or BHO, a concentrated THC cannabis based oil or wax.   

Joseph Flahardy of Ridgway, IL also entered a plea of guilty under a negotiated plea agreement for the offense of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.  Flahardy admitted to having over 5 grams but under 15 grams of methamphetamine in his possession with the intent to deliver it for sale.  Flahardy was sentenced to a term of five-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a two-year term of parole to be served upon his release.  Flahardy was also ordered to pay court costs, fees, and assessments.   Additionally, $618 in cash seized from Flahardy at the time of his arrest was forfeited to the Gallatin County Drug Fund and the Ridgway Drug Fund for enforcement efforts.    

The Ridgway Police Dept., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Dept., and Shawneetown Police Dept. all assisted one another in the investigation of these cases and execution of the search and arrest warrants.  The cases were prosecuted by the Gallatin County State’s Attorney Doug Dyhrkopp.  

Ridgway Park Decorated for Christmas

The Ridgway Park is beaming with lights.  From people in town to different organizations, the Ridgway Park has been decorated with many lights and Christmas decorations.  This is open each night for everyone to drive through and see the wonderful Christmas spirit that has been so delightfully done.  It is free and and well worth the trip.  

Come and see this great community project.    Great job Ridgway!

Shop Local

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Kassy Scates

Gallatin County Extension Program Coordinator

Some of you may have noticed the Small Business Saturday campaign that was sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Another important movement for the holidays and year round is Shop Local.  What is Shop Local?  Basically it is what it sounds like, buying goods and services in your local community or county.  Rather than getting in your car and crossing the Ohio River to buy gifts, try shopping here.  While the selections may not be as vast as in the citis across the river, you are keeping your cash in Gallatin County. 

Why keep it local?  Did you realize that on average $73 of every $100 spent at a locally owned business stays in the local community?  This means our business owners can purchase other local goods, create jobs that employ people within the community, and of course keep tax dollars in the county.  Yep, good ole taxes stay here to help support our schools and infrastructure.

Community involvement is another great reason to buy local.  When the school or other community groups need sponsors, do they go across the river to the mall or find support here in the county?  If we don’t buy from local vendors, will they be here to help our community next time?  National studies show that non-profit groups receive about 250% more support from small businesses than large businesses.  Plain and simple, local businesses donate more to their community than national chain businesses.  

You get better service. They care, plain and simple; when you frequent a locally owned business they know your name. Our business owners take pride in the accomplishments of members of our community and they aren’t afraid to show it.   As a small community, people from here know your kids, your parents and sometimes even your dog.  These are the business owners who know how you like your coffee, if you want the special or the usual, what colors you are using to decorate, and of course if you have a new arrival in the family.  They have a personal stake in making sure your shopping experience is a great one so not only do you come back, but you tell a friend too. 

This holiday season before you head out of the area stop and think, what could I buy locally?  Gallatin County has restaurants, gift shops, and much more.  As a bonus, local county vendors have many unique gifts you can’t find at the mall or one of those big chain stores. 

If you know a youth who might be interested in 4-H projects or activities, or you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 272-3022. University of Illinois Extension is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical or mental disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation or special dietary or disability accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 618-272-3022

Upcoming Events

12/1 DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration

12/2 College & Career Conference

12/4 DEADLINE for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference registration

12/7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work

12/22 DEADLINE – Registration due for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference

1/13-14 Illinois Teen Leadership Conference, Decatur

2/24-25 IL 4-H Junior Leadership Conference

Art Heath Donates Sign

Shawneetown resident and faithful Gallatin County Hawks’ supporter, Arthur Heath, recently designed, donated, and installed this Hawk’s Nest sign near the entrance of the Gallatin County School Complex. It stands as a symbol of a community that is strong in spirit and determination. Pictured accepting this gift from Mr. Heath is Gallatin County School Superintendent Lucinda Schmitt.

School Events Dec 6 - 16

Gallatin County School Events Calendar

December 6, 2017-December 16, 2017


Wed., Dec. 6 - High School Girls’ Basketball – Goreville (H) 6:00


Thu., Dec. 7 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Benton (H) 9:30 a.m.

High School Scholar Bowl – Crab Orchard (H) 12:30

Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Hardin Co. (H) 6:00


Fri., Dec. 8 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Eldorado (A) 9:30


High School Girls’ Basketball – Pope Co. (H) 5:30

High School Boys’ Basketball – Pope Co. (H) 5:30


Sat., Dec. 9 - High School Boys’ Basketball – Wayne City Tour.

Gallatin Co. vs. North Clay


Mon., Dec. 11 - High School Boys’ Basketball – Wayne City Tour.

7:00 Gallatin Co. vs. Cisne

Junior High Girls’ Basketball – John Paul II (H) 6:00 (8th Gr. Night)

Junior High Boys’ Basketball – John Paul II (H) 6:00

High School Girls’ Basketball – Marion (A) 6:00


Wed., Dec. 13 - High School Boys’ Basketball – Wayne City Tour.

7:00 Gallatin County vs. Webber

High School Girls’ Basketball – Carmi (A) 6:15 (1 Varsity Game Only)


Thu., Dec. 14 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Hardin Co. (H) 9:30

High School Scholar Bowl – Hardin Co. (H) 9:30

Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Carmi (H) 6:00


Sat., Dec. 16 - High School Boys’ Basketball – Wayne City Tour.

3:00 7th Place Game

4:30 5th Place Game

6:00 3rd Place Game

7:30 1st Place Game