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Ridgway CommunityThanksgiving Service

The First Baptist Church in Ridgway will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6 PM .  Everyone is invited to come and worship together, Fr. Steven Beatty and Rev. Randy Davis will bring the message.  Light refreshments will be served immediately following the service

Gallatin County Fair Queen Bree Cox Getting Ready for Pageant in Springfield

Gallatin County Fair Queen, Bree Cox recently attended a meeting in Mt. Vernon, IL. to learn what to expect as she represents Gallatin County at the State Fair Queen contest that will be held in January located in Springfield. The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair held the informational meeting Sunday, November 9th. 
Accompanying Bree were her Mother, Shawna Bosawand Nancy Drone Schmitt who helped not only Bree with hair and make up, but several Gallatin County Fair Queens in the past. 
Great job ladies...!

Keep Your Pets Warm

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The Illinois Home Extension and 4-H release the following on how to take care of your pets in this cold weather.

With the recent cold temperatures it may be time to consider how your pets are handling the frigid weather.  Like people, animals have varying degrees of cold tolerance.  Some seem to enjoy the cold weather and would prefer to stay outside rather than in the home.  Others you practically have to drag outside for a walk.  And just like people, elderly, very young, arthritic or otherwise ill animals will have more difficulty in the cold.

It is true that long-haired, thick coated dogs and cats tend to tolerate cold better than their short-haired counterparts.  However, a fluffy coat isn’t a guarantee that they will be OK in freezing weather.  In addition you have to take their size into consideration.  A short-legged pet tends to get cold faster since their belly rubs the frozen ground more often than a taller animal.

To keep your pets healthy and happy the American Veterinary Medical Association offers a few tips.

  1. 1.Make sure your pet has access to fresh, unfrozenYou can purchase a heated water bowl (make sure the cord can’t be chewed) or change the water in the bowl throughout the day.
  2. 2.Provide your pet shelterIf cat or dog wants to go out of the house, let it; if it prefers to stay in the house allow it to.  If you cannot let your pet stay in the house, provide it with adequate shelter.  An insulated, draft-free, dry area with a raised floor and thick bedding such as straw is needed for your pet to maintain his or her body temperature. The ideal pet shelter is only big enough for the animal to stand up and turn around in.  The smaller size allows for the animals body heat to help warm the space.  Heat lamps and space heaters aren’t recommended due to the risk of burns or fire.
  3. 3.Realize that cold combined with wet isAllow your wet pet to come in to dry off and get warm. A wet animal can’t fully use its fur to stay warm.   The water prevents it from “lofting” to help trap warm air.  Even after an animal has dried off, if the hairs are clumped together they don’t provide enough insulation.  Brush the coats of your animals who have been wet to help their hair “fluff” so they can stay warm.
  4. 4.Recognize what’s normal for yourIf you pet seems to have less energy, is whining, shivering, seems anxious, or begins looking for places to burrow bring them inside.  These are all early warning signs of hypothermia.  Hypothermia can result in a low heart rate, coma, and even death. 
  5. 5.Put on a jacket. Yes, those little doggie sweaters can be more than justJust as your jacket helps keep you warm, a little jacket can help keep your pet comfy when outdoors. 
  6. 6.Realize that pets that stay outside in cold weather may need more nutritionalIf your pet seems to be losing weight you may need to increase the amount of food you feed by about 20% for the duration of winter.
  7. 7.Leave your pets atWe all know that our cars become ovens in the summer.  Did you know your car becomes a refrigerator in the winter?  The rapid cool down of your car in the winter isn’t healthy for your pet.
  8. 8.Make someWarm vehicles are tempting to stray cats.  Consider banging your hood to encourage any cats that might be hiding there to leave.

In frigid temperatures we are often in a hurry to go inside, and avoid being cold and miserable.   Don’t forget your pets who often live outdoors in various conditions.  With just a little consideration, winter can be much less stressful for you and your pets.  If you have any questions or concerns about you pets’ health and safety, it is always best to contact your veterinarian.  

 For those youth who are interested in learning more about their pets, consider joining 4-H and exploring one of the various project areas related to animals.  Call 272-3022 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about project areas.

Community Thanksgiving Meal at Shawneetown First Baptist


 First Baptist Church of Shawneetown will have their “Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal” on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th.  They will begin serving at noon and will continue until 2:00 p.m.  This meal is free to everyone and you need not bring anything.  All that is asked is that you call in ahead of time to let them know that you are coming. Also, they will deliver meals to those who cannot come to the church building.  Call the church office, 269-3664, to make reservations.  If you get the answering service, just leave a message telling your name, address, and how many meals you need.

1 Car Rollover Near Old Shawneetown

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just now being reported (1:20PM)  At approximately 1:10 PM the Shawneetown Police and Gallatin County Sheriff's Office responded to a automobile accident on Big Hill Rd just over the levee from Old Shawneetown. Upon arrival the Shawneetown Fire Department was called for extrication as the person was trapped. The ambulance responded and is taking 1 person to a landing zone in Shawneetown for the LIfeflight helicopter to transport..  Names are not being released at this time.