News Briefs

Financial Peace University
    Want to control your finances and stop living paycheck to paycheck? Financial Peace University (FPU) may be the answer for you.
    Classes start at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Faith Baptist Church in Breese. Go to to enroll and to find out about a price-saving opportunity on the enrollment kit, or contact Pastor Cory at (618) 207-7574 for questions.
    FPU is a nine-lesson, money-management course taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.

CCHS to show a movie at the museum
    The Clinton County Historical Society will show the 1958 drama “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” this Friday, Jan. 12, at its museum, 1091 Franklin, in Carlyle. 
    Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The setting of the movie is at a family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday celebration of the hot-tempered father played by Burl Ives. (Ives was born and raised near Newton, Illinois, just two hours from Carlyle.)
    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction before the movie and during intermission. All ages are welcome. Popcorn is provided, but please bring your own beverage. Admission is free.
    The next meeting of the Clinton County Historical Society will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, at its museum. Members and nonmembers of all ages are invited to help plan upcoming events and fundraisers. There is always a show and tell at the end of the meeting. Everyone is welcome to present a treasured vintage keepsake or historical item.

Germantown Fire Dept. annual breakfast Jan. 21
    Germantown Fire Department will hold its annual breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Germantown American Legion
    The breakfast, which includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, coffee and milk, is free to all first responders (fire, police, EMS).
    Proceeds to benefit The Backstoppers (www.theback

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity set for Jan. 18
    “Your  Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power” (Exodus 15:6) is the 2018 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25).
    Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: “that all may be one ... that the world may believe” (John 17:21).
    St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Beckemeyer will  host this year’s  Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.  Everyone is invited.

Area blood drives
    Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) blood drives for January have been announced. 
    Thoughts on donating ...Holidays are filled with the expectation of spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. Blood donors help make that happen by donating blood: there are St. Louis area hospital patients in need, and blood donors are the ones who fill that need.
    Be a donor today, and encourage others to perform one of the most perfect “pay it forward” random acts of kindness.
    Area blood drives include:
    Thursday, Jan. 11: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Heritage Room, 9515 Holy Cross Lane, Breese, noon to 4:30 p.m.
    Monday, Jan. 15: American Legion, 575 N. Main, Breese, 3 to 7 p.m.
    Monday, Jan. 15: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, auditorium, 400 N. Pleasant Avenue, Centralia, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday, Jan. 20: Carlyle Christian Church, 1025 Lake Road, Carlyle, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Jan. 24: Greenville University, Bradford National Bank Community Room, 100 East College, Greenville, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Euchre tournament Jan. 27 in St. Rose
    The 11th annual euchre tournament to benefit the Relay For Life sponsored by Greg’s Gang is set for Saturday, Jan. 27. Sign in begins at 7 p.m. and play starts at 7:30 at R Bar & Grill in St. Rose. Donations will be accepted to benefit  Relay For Life.

New Baden Lions Club offering scholarships 
    The New Baden Lions Club is looking for applicants for two $1,000 college scholarships. Applicants must attend Wesclin, Mater Dei or Mascoutah high school and have a New Baden, New Memphis or Trenton mailing address. 
    Please see your school counselor for details.
    Applications must be postmarked by April 7, 2018.

SWIC extends registration hours
    Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) will extend its hours for registration and other student services ahead of the upcoming spring semester.
    Services will be open Saturday, Jan. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classes start Jan. 13-19.
    Services available: registration; academic advising; financial aid; tuition and fee payments; student ID cards; bookstore.
    Placement testing will be available at the Belleville Campus Jan. 13. Students must check in at the Testing Center by 8:45 a.m. to test. The Testing Center is on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Complex, Room 1331.
    The bookstores at the Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses will offer extended hours Jan. 13 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Jan. 16 (8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Students with a SWIC ID card can charge books to Financial Aid the week before school begins and the first two weeks of the semester.
    SWIC locations:
    • Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
    • Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4590 Maryville Road
    For more information, call Enrollment Services at (618) 235-2700, ext. 5455.

Nar-Anon meetings
    If someone else’s addiction is affecting you, or you are concerned about the effects of drug use by others in any way, then first you must help yourself. Nar-Anon is a 12 step program for families and friends of addicts. It’s free to join — just come to a meeting. You are welcome to join the group for a meeting of support where they share their experience, strength and hope. Meetings are at 7 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Jan. 24 at First United Methodist Church in Trenton, between Trenton and Aviston on Old Highway 50. If you have questions or are seeking help today, call Craig at 409-8998.

Healing service Jan. 19 at the Shrine
    A healing service will be held Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows on the grounds of the National Shrine on State Route 15 in Belleville.
    All who seek healing are welcomed for prayer. For more information, call the Shrine at 618-397-6700 or 618-277-0416.
    In the event of inclement weather, the service will be canceled.

WTU Banquet Feb. 3
    The Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited (WTU) will hold a banquet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland featuring games/raffles, a social hour and two meat buffet from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Tickets are $45 single, $20 spouse or child (15 and under). Ticket order deadline is Jan. 26, 2018.
     WTU membership is included with a single ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door. First come, first served. Current members will have their membership extended one year from the date of expiration. Life Members  can deduct $23 off the single ticket or platinum table captain price (give your Life Member #).
    As a nonprofit organization,  WTU’s purpose is to raise funds in support of educational programs, wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition, and the preservation of the shooting sports and hunting tradition for future generations.
    This fundraising event will include a dinner, auction and prizes with a wide array of products  such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. 
    Check out www.whitetails to see what you could win. 
    For tickets or information on other sponsorship opportunities, call Greg Zykan at (618) 339-8112, WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471, or buy tickets online at 
    As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations are tax deductible as to IRS Code. 

Christ the Vine Lutheran Mission to start Jan. 21
    Sunday services at Christ the Vine Lutheran Mission are scheduled to start on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m. A special worship celebration inaugurating this event in the community is being planned for Sunday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages will follow each of these services.
    The Rev. Brad Thomas, who presently serves as a chaplain at Meridian village in Glen Carbon, is scheduled to serve as the proclaimer and worship leader at the majority of these weekly services.
    Christ the Vine Lutheran Mission has been holding monthly services at Nordike Funeral Home since September of 2015, and will continue meeting at Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston. Contact Pastor Thomas at bradthomas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (618) 696-0759 for further information. 

Silver Creek DAR to meet
    The Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Latzer Library Auditorium in Highland. The program will be “Got Your Six Support Dogs.”
    To become a member of DAR, a woman must be at least 18 years old and be able to prove blood descent from a person who rendered patriotic service during the American Revolution. If you think you are eligible and would like to join or visit our chapter, call Lola at 667-8660. 

ASA Discount Cards
    The 2018 All Saints Academy Discount Cards are on sale.
    For $10, the 2018 card includes 78 discounts, including 14 new discounts, for restaurants and businesses in Breese and the surrounding communities.
    You can order a discount card by contacting any ASA family or faculty member; visiting the ASA office; or submitting an order form and receiving the discount card via the mail.
    A list of the discount offers, as well as the order form, are available on the ASA website, 

MADD victim gathering
    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will hold a southern Illinois victim gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at John A. Logan College Extension Building, 19 W. Frankfort Plaza in West Frankfort.
    Please join the informal gathering of those affected by drunk or drugged driving. Bereaved and injured victims are welcome as well as concerned citizens. Come meet others who truly understand what you are going through.
    For more information on this event or victim services provided by MADD Illinois contact victim advocate Krisi Hosea at (217) 523-6233, ext. 7760, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blood drive Jan. 17
    The Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Isabella are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the KC Hall in Breese.

Accepting donations for Memorial Hospital Aux. 2018 Book Bazaar
    Memorial Hospital’s (Belleville) Auxiliary now is accepting donations for its 2018 Book Bazaar to be held in May. Books, sheet music, vintage magazines (prior to 1945), vinyl records, cookbooks, yearbooks, CDs, movie videos and DVDs are being accepted. 
    Donations may be placed in Book Bazaar barrels until April at the following locations:
    • Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 South 74th Street, Belleville
    • Memorial Hospital Belleville, Main Lobby, Entrance D and The Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center
    • Memorial Healthcare Center - Seven Hills, 310 Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon
    • YMCA at 2627 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville and 284 North Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon
    Donations also may be dropped off at the Annex (located behind Medical Office Center Two) from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April. Drop-off at the Annex also will be held on Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17 and April 7 and 21. 
    For information call Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at 257-5545 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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