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4 H News - Gallatin County Gets Grant

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Farm Credit Service Regional Manager Kevin Wilson presented Gallatin County 4-H members  with check for their Community Improvement projects.

Pictured are 4-H members and parents; Front L-R:  Gracie Cox, Savannah Bickett, Ava Ahrens, Sydney Bickett, MacKenzie Lawler, Jaden Scherrer, Aliya Rainey, Colton Rainey and Emily Case.

Back L-R:  Jordan Ahrens, Colt Scates, Gallatin County Extension Program Coordinator Kassy Scates, Fallon Scates, Aundrea Lawler, Cassii Rainey and Illinois Farm Credit Services Regional Manager Kevin Wilson.  Not pictures are members Tiffany Hawkins, Morgan Abell, Lakin Snyder and leader Cheryl Case.


Local 4-H clubs and their members will be improving the local community, thanks, in part, to grants from Farm Credit Illinois. Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded $10,500 to 42 4-H clubs and seven FFA chapters in the area it serves through its annual community improvement grant program. Clubs received up to $250 each for specific community projects.

Illinois Farm Credit Service Regional Manager Kevin Wilson presented Gallatin County 4-H Clubs with checks for grants received this year. Gallatin County Clover Busters 4-H Club will landscape at the First Baptist Church and Community Building in Shawneetown. In addition the Gallatin County Saddle 4-H Club for repairs and paint the entry booth at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Ridgway.  Members are looking forward to getting to work!

Clover Busters members gathered and learned the basics of scrapbooking. Youth were asked to bring a few photos they liked and the scrapbooking supplies were provided.  Judging by the smiles, laughter, and the average of four pages per participant everyone had a great time!  A huge thank you to Mendy Scherrer and Shannon Riggs for providing experience and supplies for this activity! 

Do you have questions about 4-H or 4-H activities? Check out our group on  Facebook: Gallatin County Illinois 4-H or  contact Kassy Scates at 272-3022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Upcoming Events

5/23 Livestock Show

6/9-6/12 West KY 4-H Camp

6/21-6/24 Illini Summer Academies

7/15 Animal Show

7/17 General Show

7/18 Horse Show

4th Annual Farm & Community Safety Day Held

The 4th Annual Farm and Community Safety Day was held Tuesday, May 5 at the Ridgway Park.  Fourth grade students from Gallatin County Elementary and each Saline County Elementary School participated. Over 500 people attended. 

The University of Illinois, Gallatin County FFA, and Saline-Gallatin Farm Bureau plan and host the event.  Speakers are invited to present a safety demonstration or talk on their area of experience.  This year there were 18 speakers.  Each 4th grade class was able to attend nine sessions.  Topics covered this year included fire, water, large animal, lawnmower, small animal, horse, hunter, food, and weather safety just to name a few.

Gallatin County FFA members and advisors arrived at the park at 7:15 to help set up and assisted throughout the day, finishing by tearing down.  Several students presented or assisted in the presentation of safety topics.  We had local 4-H members present safety topics as well. 

Farm and Community Safety Day would not be possible without sponsorship and community volunteers.  We appreciate the support of businesses and individuals who took a day to share their knowledge with our local youth.  Keep an eye out for the brightly colored safety day shirts each child brought home!

Friday, May 15 Gallatin County 4-H clubs will meet after school at the Extension Office in Ridgway.  The Clover Busters and Gallatin County Saddle Club were fortunate to receive community improvement grants from Illinois Farm Credit.  Our youth continue to give back to their home towns!

Do you have questions about 4-H or 4-H activities? Contact Kassy Scates at 272-3022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Upcoming Events

5/15 Meeting at Extension Office

5/23 Livestock Show

6/9-6/12 West KY 4-H Camp

6/21-6/24 Illini Summer Academies

7/15 Animal Show

7/17 General Show

7/18 Horse Show

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Wreck Near Pounds Hollow While Texting

WHAT:                                    Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE:                                  Pounds Hollow Road – 1 Mile West of Pounds Hollow Lake Entrance

WHEN:                                    05/10/15 – 6:15 p.m.

VEHICLES:                             Gold, 2001, Chevrolet Impala

DRIVERS:                               Kayla N. Johnson, age 22, Rosiclare, Illinois

PASSENGERS:                        None

CAUSE:                                   Texting While Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

TRANSPORTS:                       Johnson was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.     

ROAD CONDITIONS: Open   

PRELIMINARY:                     According to the preliminary traffic crash investigation, Johnson, driving the gold Chevrolet, was traveling westbound on Pounds Hollow Road, approximately 1 mile west of the entrance to Pounds Hollow Lake.  Johnson was texting while driving and exited the roadway to the north before striking a fallen tree.      

                                                Johnson was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the traffic crash.  The gold Chevrolet was towed from the scene.

                                               

 

 

                                                ISP District 19 was assisted at the crash scene by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department

CHARGES:                             Johnson was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Electronic Communication Devices – Prohibited While Driving, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle and Failure to Wear Seat Belt.                        

 

               All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Another New 4 Way Stop in Ridgway

Another 4 way Stop intersection in Ridgway has been made.  The intersection of Elm and Jarrell which is located just south of Extreme welding is now all stop.  Please pay attention to this when in that area.