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.
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
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
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
The growth in video gaming could add more than $100 million in annual state tax revenue.
The Video Gaming Act allowed licensed bars, taverns, restaurants, truck stops, and
Installation of legal video games began in late 2012 with the Gaming Board closely
Locally here in Gallatin County there 3 establishments so far that offereing Video Gaming.
According to the website at the Illinois Gaming board the following was the monthly report for
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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.