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Your 2014 Miss Gallatin County Queen Contestants

It is official, the 2014 Miss Gallatin County has the slate of beautiful young ladies set for the Crowning event during the 2014 Gallatin Co. Fair and Popcorn Day celebration.  These young ladies are practicing and getting ready for this anticipated upcoming event.   They are also selling raffle tickets so please support them by helping.  Below are pictures and information about the girls.  (Photos provided by Angie Brown Photography)

Contestant # 1

Miss Bree Cox, she is sponsored by "Cypress Farms" of Junction, IL and is the 17 year old daughter of Jason & Shawna Bosaw of Junction.

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 Contestant #2

Miss Jaden Crissup and she is sponsored by "Galt Chiropractic" of  Ridgway.  Jaden is the 18 year old daughter of Mary Delorme of Equality.

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 Contestant #3

Miss Jessica Bovenherk and she is sponsored by "Double D Agri Solutions, LLC of Ridgway.  She is the 19 year old daughter of Cristopher and Shirley Bovenkerk of Carmi.

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 Contestant #4


Miss Ansley Nass and she is sponsored by Expressway of Mt. Vernon, IN.  She is the 16 years old daughter of Shannon and Olivia Bradley of Shawneetown and Jason & Kris Naas of Pennyslvania.

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Contestant #5

Miss Paige Williams and she is sponsored by Heartland Computer Works of Harrisburg, iL.  She is the 16 year old daughter of Jimmy & Pricilla Williams of Equality,

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Accident in the Bottoms, Man Lifeflighted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A accident in the New Haven bottoms today has sent one man to the hospital.   According to our sources a worker for Scates farms, was accidentally hit by a bucket from from a hydra-hoe.  Allegedly he was hit  in the head and hip area.   He was Lifeflighted to Evansville from the scene.  

4 H News

HIstory and Origin of Labor Day

Each year Americans celebrate Labor Day with an extended weekend, family time, backyard barbeques, and a general good time. What many don’t realize is that it originated during one of American labor history’s darkest periods.

The Industrial Revolution in the United States was at its peak in the late 1800s. During this period the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to scrape by. Children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories and mines across the country doing highly dangerous work in small spaces due to their size.  These children earned just a fraction of the pay adults received. People of all ages and genders, especially the very poor, recent immigrants, women and children frequently faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks. It wasn’t uncommon to be maimed or killed in those early mills, mines, or factories. 

Manufacturing began to employ more people than agriculture. As a result labor unions became more prominent and vocal. Strikes and rallies were organized to protest poor conditions and force employers to renegotiate hours and pay. It wasn’t uncommon for these rallies and strikes to become violent with deaths on occurring on both sides of the picket line. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid leave to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. This became the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

This idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” found favor across the country.  Several states passed legislation recognizing the first Monday in September as a day off for working men. In 1894, Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday. The legislation was partially a result of federal troop intervention in the Chicago protests of the Pullman Palace Car Company. The use of troops resulted in riots that killed more than a dozen workers and created civil unrest.  

Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns across the United States.  Many individuals enjoy outdoor activities such as barbecues, camping, or time on the lake or river.  Some cities have parades and fireworks display. For many of us it represents the end of the summer and the first long weekend after we return to school.

For more information check out 4-H online @ 4-H.illinois.edu or contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming Events

9/1 Labor Day, Offices Closed

9/1 Leadership Retreat Registration

9/1 New 4-H Year Begins

9/6 Discover Chicago Registration Due

9/7 Gallatin Co Fair Horse Show

9/10 & 11 Fair Entries due

9/13 Popcorn Day Parade

9/26-27 Leadership Retreat

10/5-11 National 4-H Week

10/10-13 Discover Chicago

Jeff James Joins Hole in One Club

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jeff James of Shawneetown carded his first Hole In One on the golf course Saturday morning while playing a round of golf at the Salince County Golf Course in Eldorado.  Jeff was playing with Mark Frailey and Tony Cox who also witnessed this rare event in golf.

The hole in one was Hole #6 where Jeff used his 9  iron for this feat.   The shot hit about 5 feet in front of the hole took a couple of short hops and rolled in the cup.   Congratulations Jeff!

Boil Order Lifted in Ridgway

The boil order placed in effect this week in Ridgway is now lifted.