News Briefs

Outpatient lab hours
    Outpatient lab hours at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese have changed.
    The new hours for the outpatient lab are: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday; closed Sundays and holidays.
    “HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to improving our services to our patients and community members,” said Justin Cox, laboratory director at the hospital. “By adjusting our hours slightly, we can redirect resources to times of higher volume to better serve our patients.”

Pastor Wutzler retires
    A retirement celebration open house will be held for Pastor Robert Wutzler of New Life Christian Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at New Life Christian Center, 555 N. Monroe St. in Trenton.
    All are invited to join the congregation in showing Pastor Bob our gratitude for 50 years of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Wutzler was also a former principal of Wesclin High School from 1975 to 1995
    For more information call (314) 541-2181.

Cookie walk Dec. 8
    St. John’s United Church of Christ annual cookie walk will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the church  hall at Breese.
    Cookies are $6 per pound. Other baked goods will be available and priced separately.

Blood drive
    The Central Community High School HOSA organization will host a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.  This blood drive is open to the public and all community members who would like to participate can set up an appointment by contacting Stacey Boruff at (618) 526-4578, ext. 218.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Christmas concerts
    The Heartland Community Chorus announces its sixth annual Christmas concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose and Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland.  “What Sweeter Music” features traditional and contemporary Christmas music, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra.  Admission is $15.  Children 16 and under are admitted free.  Tickets are available at FCB Bank, Highland, from chorus members and at the door.

Model train show
    It is that time of year again — time for a unique Christmas experience at the annual New Switzerland Model Train Club show. This is the club’s 30th annual show.
    The show will be held Dec. 7-30 at the McGinley Chrysler Dealership showroom in Highland. Days and times are Fridays, 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Movie Night at museum
    The Clinton County Historical Society will show the movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” on Friday, Dec. 14, at its museum in Carlyle.
    Set during the depression in 1933, this 1971 drama centers around the Waltons, a rural family preparing to celebrate Christmas. The father John, who has traveled to the city in search of work, has not returned home, and a heavy snowstorm causes the family more worry. The oldest son, John-Boy, is sent out by his mother to find his father.
    Because of the movie’s success, CBS Television began a series of the same characters that became “The Waltons.” Patricia Neal, who portrays Olivia, the mother, won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama. The movie also won three Emmy Awards.
    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held before the movie and during intermission. Popcorn is provided, but you can bring your own beverage. Admission is free.

CHPL holiday events
    Case-Halstead Public Library (CHPL) in Carlyle will hold two very special events this holiday season for the third consecutive year to celebrate the spirit of giving.
    The Scholastic Holiday Book Sale will begin at the library on Monday, Dec. 10, and run through Monday, Dec. 31. The sale offers great bargains in books and other media at great prices just in time for Christmas. All proceeds go to benefit STEM kits, books and other items for the Youth Department at CHPL for the coming year.
    If you are looking for great stocking stuffers and to give the gift of reading, the Scholastic Holiday Book Sale is your one-stop shopping experience.
    CHPL announces its Holiday Food Drive/Food for Fines event to benefit the Matthew 25 Food Pantry. Last year over 250 items were collected. Some of those items were used to pay off library fines. This year CHPL will again take off $1 for each can or boxed item brought to the library to help pay down library fines.
    CHPL also will be a collection point for the annual Christmas food drive. The library invites all library patrons and citizens of Carlyle and the surrounding Clinton County area to bring in canned goods or boxed items to benefit those in need this holiday season and to reduce your fines in the process.

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