News Briefs

Germantown Elementary registration 
    Germantown School District #60 will hold its annual registration on Thursday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. 
    All students, including prekindergarten, kindergarten, and those new to the district, must be registered. Residency verification forms will be available at registration for those who are new to the school district. Fees will be collected at this time for registration, lunch/milk, and extracurricular activities. 
    Germantown Elementary School will begin the 2019- 2020 school year on Thursday, Aug. 15, with a full day of teacher-in-service. An open house will be held that evening from 6 to 7. 
    The first day of student attendance will be Friday, Aug. 16, with dismissal at 1:40 p.m. 
    For more information about the school district, call 523- 4253, visit, follow on Twitter at GES Bulldog Country, or like on Facebook at Germantown Elementary SD #60. 

MD class of 1984 reunion 
    The Mater Dei High School class of 1984 35-year reunion begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston. 
    Invites will be out soon. Join the Facebook group called Class of 84 Rocks! 
    For questions call/text Dorise at (618) 304-4174. 

Blood drive at Carlyle 
    A blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Carlyle Christian Church in Carlyle. 
    To schedule an appointment call (618) 594-3489, or go to www.bloodcenterimpact. org and use sponsor code 10438. 
    All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a $10 gift card to, Casey’s General Store, Dairy Queen or Domino’s. 

Damiansville Softball Tournament
    The annual Damiansville Men's Softball Tournament will be held Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Activities start at 5 p.m. each evening at the Damiansville Park. 
    Friday night will feature a steak dinner with baked potato and salad for $12, and on Saturday night, One Night Stand will bring live music to the park.
    Hamburgers and canned beer and soda will also be available. The Damiansville Development Club welcomes everyone to come out for the fun.

Football sign-up 
    The Breese Junior League Football sign-up will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Southside Park. 
    The sign-up is for students going into fifth through eighth grades. 

Picnic at Lively Grove 
    The parishioners of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church invite you to their annual church picnic in Lively Grove on Saturday, Aug. 3. 
    A polka Mass is set for 4 p.m., and a chicken dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. in the air-conditioned hall. Rain or shine. 
    A quilt and cash bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., and other picnic attractions are available. 
    Music will be provided by Southern Thunder from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. 

VBS to be held at Carlyle 
    “Into the Wild” Vacation Bible School at Carlyle First Baptist Church will be held Sunday through Thursday, July 21-25. Family Night closing ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, followed by a pool party from 8 to 10 p.m. at the city pool. 
    Bible School will be held each evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a supper provided. Our special mission project this year will be collecting items for Angels Cove maternity home in Mt. Vernon. 
    Children, 4 years old through sixth grade, are invited to go with us into the wild as we gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. As they get up close and personal with the animals, they will focus on some real-life encounters with Jesus. 
    As children experience the truth of Jesus the focal verse will be John 20:31, “but these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in his name.” 
    Call the church at (618) 594-3223 if you have questions. 

St. Mary Catholic Church Picnic 
    St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton is hosting a picnic on Saturday, July 27. A 4 p.m Mass will be followed by the picnic from 6 p.m. to midnight, rain or shine. 
    Activities include: 
    • Raffle ($500 top prize) 
    • Kid’s inflatables (6-11 p.m.) 
    • Kid’s corn box 
    • Cake wheel 
    • Basket stand 
    • Beer, soda and lemon shake-ups 
    • Lots of food 
    A cash and quilt bingo will start at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned hall located at 325 S. Jefferson St. One quilt each series. 
    A DJ will supply music from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. 
    Dinner will be available in the air-conditioned hall and will include fried chicken and roast pork with all the trimmings, including dressing and homemade desserts. Dine in from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and carryouts from 3 to 7 p.m.. Delivery available within city limits _ call 224-9274. 

Discount coupons 
    Christina Sellers from Age- Smart Community Resources will be at Clinton County Senior Services on Wednesday, July 31, to assist qualified seniors with discount coupons to use at various farmers markets. 
    If your income falls under $22,459 for a one-person household, or $30,451 for a two-person household, you may qualify to receive vouchers toward the purchase of produce. 
    Call (618) 594-2321 for more information. 

Evening on Meier Farm 
    State Rep. Charlie Meier’s eighth annual “An Evening on the Meier Farm” will be held Friday, July 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to everyone. It is a chance to meet Rep. Meier and see his historic family farm built by his great-grandparents. 
    Using mules, Charlie’s grandmother Christina Borgmann hauled all the logs to build this home. Many family antiques have been preserved. 
    Tours of the home will be available, and you will be able to see the updates made there. 
    Kids can take a tractor ride and see what it is like living on a farm. 
    Charlie will provide brats, hot dogs, lemonade, tea and water. You can bring lawn chairs and spend time at the farm. A tent will be set up, so expect this event to happen rain or shine. 
    Several other state and local politicians have been invited to join in on the evening. 
    Directions to the Meier farm: from I-64 take exit 41 and turn toward Okawville; turn left onto Hen House Rd. (Hen House Rd. will be the first left and is between the Dollar General Store and Road Ranger Gas Station); go 1/3 of a mile to a stop sign (T road) and make a right on Fifth Street Rd.; go west another 1/3 of a mile and you will cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge on the left is the driveway to the Meier Farm. This road will take you straight to the house. 
    The address is 13597 Railroad Rd. in Okawville. 

Farm Heritage Days Show 
    The American Farm Heritage Museum’s Farm Heritage Days Show will take place at the museum site in Greenville on July 26, 27 and 28. This year’s featured tractor is International Harvester, but all makes are welcome. 
    The annual Four Corners Tractorcade will leave from St. Rose Park on Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m., and meet with tractors from other directions at the museum grounds shortly after noon. During the weekend there will be many activities, as well as running demonstrations of the huge Fairbanks/Morse Diesel engine relocated from the Bartelso Sante Fe Levee District that many from that area will remember. 
    For information call Darrell Strieker at (618) 228-7464. 

Breese Public Library to present space program 
    The River Bend Astronomy Club will present a program at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Breese Public Library to commemorate the milestones in the history of the U.S.-manned space programs and especially the Apollo 11 mission as a celebration of the 50th anniversary in July. 
    The presentation, “Apollo 11: Fifty Years and Looking Forward,” will provide background on the events leading up to Apollo 11 and spotlight the knowledge we gained from the Apollo program. We will conclude with an exploration of where we go from here. 
    Members of the club will have NASA collectible items on display, and hands-on demonstrations using materials from the NASA Night Sky Network. Following the program, club members will be on hand for telescope and binocular viewing of the night sky (weather permitting) and to answer questions. 
    The River Bend Astronomy Club also will be at Wood River Library on July 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and at Louis Latzer Public Library in Highland on July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact the library directly, check the website, or email Terry Menz, Outreach coordinator, at lovemyherbgarden River Bend         Astronomy Club also has a Facebook page where upcoming public events are posted. 

Shimkus staff to be at Beckemeyer, Greenville 
    An aide to Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) will be available in Clinton County and Bond County next week to assist area constituents with any problems they may be having with federal government agencies. 
    On Tuesday, July 23, the staff member will be at the Beckemeyer Village Hall (191 E. First St.) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and at the Greenville Municipal Building (404 S. Third St.) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
    Constituents who need assistance with a federal issue but are not available at either time period can call the congressman’s Maryville office at (618) 288-7190. 
    More information on services offered by the congressman’s office is available at 

Road closure 
    The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the intersection of state Route 161 and Shattuc Road will be closed for two weeks beginning July 26 at 6 a.m. This closure is necessary to reconstruct this intersection. Traffic will be maintained utilizing a posted detour via state Route 127, U.S. 50 and U.S. 51. 
    Motorists should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the detour signs, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment. 
    The contractor on this project is Plocher Construction Company Inc. of Highland. 
    Follow the IDOT Twitter page to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 8, Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at 

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