It has been announced that the Clinton County Agriculture Association has signed a contract with the Kelly Miller Circus for the exhibition of an all new 2014 show.
The circus will roll into the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Carlyle on Thursday, April 17. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephants raising the big top. Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the tent will be raised at 9 a.m. Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending.
The traditional "old style" circus will present performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Support the Clinton County Agriculture Association; buy your tickets in advance and save.
The 2014 season promises to be more exciting than ever with many new acts and entertainers to amaze and amuse you. Come out and enjoy a day of fun-filled excitement at the circus.
Tickets will be available soon at Dairy King in Breese and Trenton; IGA in Carlyle; and First National Bank in Carlyle and Aviston.
It’s March and that means two things: spring is right around the corner and it’s the start of the local auction season. One of the largest annual sales will be held this Saturday, March 8 at St. Augustine’s gym in Breese. You’ll find tools, appliances, antiques, furniture and more. There is a semi-load of new furniture from a local warehouse, 10 wagons of tools, a large assortment of beer signs and lights, and much more. Pictured right: two of the many volunteers who have worked countless hours preparing for the auction, chairman Mark Huelskamp and Cody Richter. At left: Emma Huelskamp arranges a display of vintage toys. See more photos of auction items on page 6A and the auction advertisement on page 7C.
Voter turnout in primary elections in Clinton County is generally low, but there’s a referendum for a proposed tax increase for Breese Elementary School District 12 that should have property owners on both sides of the fence heading to the polls on March 18.
The school board is seeking an increase in the Education Fund tax rate from the current .92 percent to 1.07 percent. This will mean a $0.15 increase per $100 of assessed property value. That computes to about $49.50 in increased property taxes for a $100,000 home.
School officials held public information meetings last month in Beckemeyer and Breese to better explain the referendum.
District 12 Superintendent Mike Toeben said he understands that tax increases are never popular, yet he wants to make sure that the voters of the school district make an informed decision when they go to the polls.
“We live in a democracy and that’s what makes this country great,” Toeben said. “Everyone is certainly entitled to vote for or against this referendum, but our whole thing is that if someone is going to vote ‘no,’ we want it to be an educated decision.”
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