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If you plan on participating in the Gallatin County 4-H Fair this year please return your enrollment information to the office as soon as possible.  The deadline to enroll and be eligible for the Gallatin County 4-H Fair is May 1, 2014.  Those of you who have returned project forms, your Project Books are available at the office!  The 2014 Gallatin County Fair Handbook is also available. Drop by the office and pick one up. 

Those members with animal projects need to complete the Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification training online http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. Horse project forms must be returned to me no later than May 1, 2014.  The 4-H Livestock show will be held at the Saline County Fairgrounds at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 24. Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan on exhibiting livestock this year.

The Illinois State Fair Premium Book is now available at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/ for those interested in entering livestock projects at the fair.  Please keep in mind that there are specific deadlines and requirements for these projects.  Contact the office if you have any questions and to submit appropriate paperwork.

Western Kentucky 4-H Camp at Dawson Springs will be held May 27th -30th.  The registration deadline for Western Kentucky 4-H Camp will be Tuesday May 1st. This camp offers lots of fun activities like canoeing, swimming, shooting sports, disk golf, fun classes, and more.  For the first time in many years we will be offering Southern Illinois 4-H Camp! Camp Manitowa, located directly off I-57 at Benton, will be our site for camp. If you like swimming, canoeing, leadership games, and more this is the camp for you! Camp will be in session July 20th—July 23rd.

Registration materials are available now. We know that our public schools have used many snow days and likely will not be out of school for the Western Kentucky 4-H Camp. Excuse letters are available at your local Extension office, and can be provided to school principals and superintendents.

Please contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Extension Office at 695-6060 with all your questions.

Upcoming Events

4/26 Speaking For Illinois 4-H

5/1 QAEC Certification Due

5/1 West KY 4-H Camp Registration Due

5/1 Horse Forms Due

5/17 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals

5/24 Livestock Show

5/27-30 West KY 4-H Camp

5/31 Day out with the Southern Illinois Miners

6/22-25 Illini Summer Academies

7/18 Tentative 4-H General Show

7/20-23 Southern Illinois 4-H Camp Benton IL

8/10 Illinois State Fair

School Events April 23 - May 3

Gallatin County School Events Calendar

April 23, 2014 – May 3, 2014

Thu., Apr. 24 -                        High School Girls’ Softball – Pope Co. (H) 4:30

                                    High School Boys’ Baseball – Pope Co. (H) 4:30

Fri., Apr. 25 -              High School Girls’ Softball – Carrier Mills (H) 4:30

High School Boys’ Baseball – Carrier Mills (H) 4:30

                                    Band Boosters Talent Show - High School Gym 7:00

Sat., Apr. 26 -             Athletic Boosters 5K Hawk Trot at Shawneetown Gazebo

                                                Registration 8:00-9:00 a.m.

                                                Start Time 9:00 a.m.

Mon., Apr. 28 -           High School Boys’ Baseball – Eldorado (A) 4:30

Tue., Apr. 29 -                        PreK Screenings

                                    Jr. High Scholar Bowl Tournament @ West Frankfort

                                                10:50 Gallatin Co. vs. Massac Co.

Wed., Apr. 30 -           PreK Screenings

                                    Jr. High Scholar Bowl Tournament @ West Frankfort TBA

                                    High School Girls’ Softball – Ziegler/Royalton (H) 4:30

Thu., May 1 -              High School Boys’ Baseball – Crab Orchard (A) 4:30

Fri., May 2 -               11:15 Early Dismissal – Teacher In-service

                                    6:00 Promenade

                                    7:00-12:00 Prom

The 7th Annual Gallatin County School Talent Show and Dinner

The Gallatin County Hawks Band Boosters are sponsoring The 7th Annual Gallatin County School Talent Show on Friday, April 25th, 2014 and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $1.00 this year and may be purchased at the door. The talent show is an opportunity for the community to come and see all the talented students that we have in our great county.

The talent show is open to all Gallatin County students K-12. There will be three categories this year separated into different age groups: Elementary (K-4), Junior High (5-8), and High School.

Each category will have a Class and Student competition and will be awarded by best performance (judge vote) and dollar vote. All categories will have 1st and 2nd place winners.  The money raised this year will provide recovery couches/cots for the Nurse’ Office and AR Books. Our goal/need to meet this year is $2,000.00. Please help support the school by attending the show or making a donation. 

The Gallatin County Athletic Boosters are sponsoring the dinner this year and will be served from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.  The menu this year is hotdogs, chips with cheese/chili, cookies and cupcakes. Dinner tickets can be purchased in the commons area. All proceeds from the dinner will go to support the Gallatin County Athletic Boosters.

Come and settle in for a fun night of great food, music and entertainment and support Gallatin County School.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Karen Walters at 618-201-4687 or Becky Newton at 618-272-7341.

Video Gaming Brings Big Revenue, Locally Also

Video Gaming Brings Big Revenue

The growth in video gaming could add more than $100 million in annual state tax revenue. 
The Illinois Gaming Board reports that as of January, 14,423 video gaming terminals had
gone into legal operation throughout Illinois.  In that month more than $500 million was wagered,
and taxes levied on the wagering activity generated $9.6 million in new monthly state revenue
and $1.9 million for local tax revenue.

The Video Gaming Act allowed licensed bars, taverns, restaurants, truck stops, and
certain social clubs to apply for licenses to operate up to five video gaming machines. 
Operating much like the slot machines installed in conventional gambling casinos, the
video machines allow repeated play for paper receipts that can be exchanged for cash
at the pay stations of the host establishment. 

Installation of legal video games began in late 2012 with the Gaming Board closely
scrutinizing license applications and issuing a slow stream of new licenses. 
The Video Gaming Act allows municipalities to "opt out" -- ban video games--
within city limits; something Chicago, so far, has done.

Locally here in Gallatin County there 3 establishments so far that offereing Video Gaming.
 They are the Oasis Bar and Grill in Ridgway, T.J.;s in Ridgway and The Pub in Shawneetown.

According to the website at the Illinois Gaming board the following was the monthly report for
February 2013


Feb. 2013
  Amount Amount Amount State City Owner
  Played Paid Out Shared Share Share Share
Oasis  $         51,956.00  $         35,253.38  $         16,702.68  $        4,175.65  $        835.13  $        5845.95
T.J.'s  $         16,341.00  $           9,804.38  $           6,536.32  $        1,634.21  $        326.84  $        2287.63
Pub  $         22,033.00  $         12,583.26  $           9,449.74    $        2,362.47  $        472.49  $3307.39        

             the website link is 


Mr. & Mrs Justin Drone - Reception Here on April 26

Master Zachary Barnes and Miss Alexis Barnes are happy to announce the wedding of their mother Krystal J. Barnes of Jefferson City, Missouri to Mr. Justin D. Drone, formerly of Ridgway. The couple was married Saturday, April 5th 2014 with immediate family & close friends witnessing the vows at Panama City Beach, Florida.

Krystal is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hill of Jefferson City, Missouri.  Justin is the son of Brenda I. Drone and Derwin D. Drone of Ridgway, and the grandson of Melissa A. Drone and the late Non Drone of Ridgway, and Deloris LaFary of Marion, IL and the late Kenneth LaFary.

Justin and Krystal are both employed by the US Postal Service and will reside in Jefferson City, Missouri.

A reception and dance in their honor will be held Saturday April 26th 2014 at 6:00PM at the Knight of Columbus Hall in Ridgway.  Some invitations have been sent, but all family and friends are welcome to attend.