News Briefs

Polar / Dumpster Plunge
    The 2019 Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake and Donut Dash 5k will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, snow or shine. The plunge is at noon.
    The second annual Dumpster Plunge at 4204 Banquet Center in Belleville is on Friday, March 8.

Glo Bingo Feb. 2
    A Glo Bingo will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary Parish Center in Trenton. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7. $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Includes six bingo cards for 10 games, glow hat and dauber ($5 per additional six bingo cards).
    For tickets contact Betsy Horstmann (618) 920-8921 or Lynnie Haselhorst (618) 224-9810.
    Bring your own snacks, cash bar. Over $1,000 in cash prizes. Must be 18 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit St. Mary Church, Trenton.

Scholarships offered
    The New Baden Lions Club is looking for applicants for two $1,000 college scholarships.
    Applicants must attend Wesclin, Mater Dei or Mascoutah high schools and have a New Baden, New Memphis or Trenton mailing address. Please see your school counselor for details.
    Applications must be postmarked by April 6.

Germantown F.D. annual breakfast Jan. 20
    The Germantown Fire Department annual breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the American Legion Hall in Germantown.
    The breakfast is free to all first responders (fire, police, EMS). It will include pancakes, eggs, potatoes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, coffee and milk.
    Proceeds to benefit The Backstoppers

Nutrients-Practices-Knowledge seminar
    Being a successful farmer is not easy. The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District wants to help you succeed by giving you the tools that you need for success by presenting a Nutrients-Practices-Knowledge Seminar on Jan. 29 in Mt. Vernon.
    The speakers are well known in southern Illinois for their knowledge. Jim Rasor is on the agenda to talk about the weather trends, John Pike will discuss the economics of cover crops, Terry Wysickalla will explain how to know if your soil is healthy, Randy McElroy (Bayer) will discuss using complementing no-till with cover crops, and Sean Nettleton (Becks Hybrids) will cover applications of micronutrients.
    The seminar will be held on Jan. 29 at the DoubleTree in Mt. Vernon. The event starts at 8 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. 
Five CEUs for CCAs will be available. The cost to attend is $30 or $40 if you pay at the door. Lunch is included. Exhibitors will be set up at 8 a.m. RSVP by sending payment to: Jefferson County SWCD, 221 Withers Drive, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
    For more information, or to obtain exhibit space contact Stacy Helm at (618) 244-0773 ext. 3.

Red Barons reunion
    Anyone who played on the Red Barons softball team — and all teams who they played — are invited to a get-together, sharing old times and spectacular plays as remembered. If you played men’s softball between 1960 and 1977, your presence is requested.
    Managers are asked to contact their team members for a “spring warm-up.” Teams the Red Barons played were from Breese, Aviston, Damiansville, St. Rose, Bartelso, Germantown and Beckemeyer.
    Contact Tom Berndsen at (618) 973-7900 if you have questions or for more information.

Trivia night fundraiser
    A trivia night fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Trenton First United Methodist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. A silent auction also is planned.
    Bring your own food and drink. Additional drinks for purchase at event. Cost is $100 per table with a 10 person maximum. Child care will be provided by donation.
    There will be cash prizes for first and second place, along with best decorated table.
    Call Jenn at (618) 204-1471 to reserve your table and spot for child care. Proceeds to benefit the Clinton County Snack Pack Program.

American Legion Family Caravan in Breese Jan. 24
    The American Legion Family Caravan will be in Breese at noon on Thursday, Jan. 24, at American Legion Post 252. Past National Commander Denise Rohan will be speaking.
    If you would like to meet the department officers of the Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and the Legion Riders plan to attend.
    Lunch will be available. Call Eileen at 526-7629 by Jan. 20 if you would like to join in the meal.

Sunday Supper Jan. 20 at Okawville
    There will be a Sunday Supper at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Okawville on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. — dine in or carry out (bring your own containers for a carryout).
    The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 3 to 10. Children age 2 and younger eat for free.
    Ten percent of the profits will go to the Okawville Senior Center.
    Dinner includes bell pepper soup, sweet potato and shrimp bisque, homemade breads, decadent desserts and unlimited drinks.    

Pork chop dinner
    Messiah Lutheran Church is hosting its annual pork chop dinner on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in its Fellowship Hall at Carlyle. Homemade desserts are featured. 
    Adults and all carryout tickets are $12. Children ages 5 to 12 will be charged $7.
    All proceeds will benefit the renovation of the church parsonage.

CC Historical Society to showcase jewelry line
    On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., the Clinton County Historical Society will host an event with Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski at its museum in Carlyle.
    Kathy Brink will give a history of the famous Austrian crystal company which dates back to the 1890s. She also will present the company’s jewelry line including spring and summer pieces. Items will be for sale, and one guest will win a pair of earrings.
    Refreshments will be served.

Movie at the museum
    Weather permitting, the Clinton County Historical Society will host the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” on Friday, Jan. 18, at its museum in Carlyle. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will be shown at 7 p.m.
    There will be a silent auction before the film and during intermission. Popcorn is provided, but bring your own beverage.
    Admission is free.

    Bangolicious will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday at The Corner Keg in Highland.

Bingo and luncheon at St. Augustine Parish
    A quilt/cash bingo and a fried chicken luncheon will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Augustine Parish Center in Breese.
    There will be 16 quilt games, eight cash games, a 50/50 game, and a quilt raffle. Cash will be given for doubles. Bingo (license # B-03577) starts at 2 p.m. Must be at least 18 years old to play.
    The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and no charge for children age 5 and younger. Call 526-4341 for carryouts.

Eagle watch event
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle, will host an eagle watch on Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
    Starting at 8:30 a.m., park rangers will have replicas of a bald eagle skull, talons and feathers on display at the library, and will assist visitors with making eagle themed crafts. At 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles,” an interactive presentation, with a live bald eagle, that demonstrates the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird.
    Before and after the presentations, park rangers and volunteers will be stationed at various locations around the lake to assist visitors with provided spotting scopes to view bald eagles in their natural environment. Maps of these locations will be available at Case-Halstead Public Library. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress accordingly for the weather.
    If you have any questions about the event, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Dominic card and bunko social
    St. Dominic’s Ladies Sodality will host a euchre/pinochle/bunko social on Sunday, Jan. 27 starting at 1 p.m. in the parish center in Breese.  $5 admission includes games, prizes and lunch. 

Wurst Markt
    An all you can eat Wurst Markt sponsored by St. Peter’s UCC in Okawville will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Educational Building from 3 to 7 p.m.
    Pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, pie or dessert and drink will be served.
    Adults (ages 13 and up) $11; children (6-12) $5; ages 5 and under eat free; all carryouts $11 (four links of sausage per carryout).       
    Place meat/sausage orders by Feb. 5 by calling Melinda Albers at 243-5354.

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Carlyle Lake Levels

Lake levels

Fri., Jan. 11
Sun., Jan. 13
Tues., Jan. 15 446.38



Jan. 9 .01"
Jan. 10 .00"
Jan. 11 .00"
Jan. 12 .63"r, 5.9"s
Jan. 13 .72"r, .9"s
Jan. 14 .04"r, .2"s
Jan. 15 .00