News Briefs

Glo Bingo to be held Feb. 1 at Trenton
    St. Mary Parish in Trenton will host a Glo Bingo on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the parish center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the bingo starts at 7 p.m.
    The cost to play is $20 per person in advance (nonrefundable) by Jan. 30, or $25 at the door. It includes six bingo cards, a glow hat and glow dauber. For $5 you can purchase an additional six cards.
    For advance sales or additional information call the office at 224-9335, Betsy Horstmann at 920-8921, or Lynnie Haselhorst at 224-9810.
    Must be 18 years old to play. There will be a cash bar, and you can bring your own snacks.
    All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic Church.

Scholarships offered
    The New Baden Lions Club will award 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 4. 

Genealogy Club to meet
    The Clinton County Genealogy Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Maddox Room at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle.
    For more info call (618) 975-4635 or email thesmall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Quilt/cash bingo
    St. Augustine Parish in Breese will host a bingo on Sunday, Jan. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.
    There will be 16 quilt games, eight cash games and a 50/50 game. Cash will be given for doubles, and a quilt raffle will be held.
    No one under 18 years of age can play.
    Call Curt at (618) 830-5792 if you have weather-related questions. 
    A fried chicken luncheon will available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 526-4341 for carryouts.

Benefit breakfast at Germantown
    The Germantown Fire Protection District will hold a benefit breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at American Legion Post 325 in Germantown.
    Proceeds will benefit The Backstoppers Inc., which provides aid to families of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel killed in the line of duty.
    The meal is free to all first responders and will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, potatoes, milk and coffee. Carryouts will be available.
    For more information on The Backstoppers Inc. see

Underground Railroad
    The Clinton County Historical Society will host a talk on the Underground Railroad in Southern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at its museum in Carlyle.
    Mary Essen will discuss the routes, recognized stops and safe houses, and accounts of abolitionists attempting to free slaves in St. Clair, Randolph, Washington, Marion, Clinton and Bond counties. 
    Some of the abolitionists faced legal action in Carlyle and Pinckneyville, and such historical stories will also be covered in depth.
    Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The museum also will be open for tours.

Breese Chamber meeting
    The Breese Chamber of Commerce will hold its first membership meeting of the year at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Turf Bar and Banquet. RSVPs should be made no later than Sunday, Jan. 19.
    Those with questions can call 526-4495 or email Chamber president Shelly Schadegg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

9 Pin No Tap tournament
    Community Link’s Team Wild West is hosting a 9 Pin No Tap Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Bartelso Bowl. Cost is $25 per person. Six people per team, six teams per shift. Three shifts are available: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Bloody Mary bar will be available during the 11 a.m. shift. 
    Other games available are 50/50, Queen of Hearts, Pot Shot and Bucket Raffle. 
    Contact Stephanie Cook at 600-9515 or Nikki Winkeler at 973-6359 to RSVP. Proceeds benefit Community Link’s Buddy Walk.

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