News Briefs

Road closed for bridge replacement
    The Clinton County Highway Department issued a notice March 31 that, starting the week of April 12-June 25, Boulder Road will be closed for a bridge replacement, at the bridge over Gibbs Creek between Lake Villa Road and Nut Road, approximately four miles north of Old U.S. Route 50.
    The planned detour will be Old U.S. Route 50 to Diamond Springs Road, and Diamond Springs Road to Boulder Road. The project contractor is DePew and Owen Builders of Centralia.

Breese American Legion Auxiliary meeting
    American Legion Auxiliary, Timmermann-Benhoff Unit 252, Breese will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Breese Legion clubroom/bunker. Discussions will include quilt raffle and information about bingo.

Makers Market in Highland
    Windows on Broadway at 401 Broadway in Highland is hosting a three-day Makers Market. There is ample room for social distancing and masks are required.
    The market will be held on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Items available will include: furniture - Farmhouse & Fenceposts; woodcrafts - KristasKreations; wood toys -BeaverCreek Woodworks; body care and tea - Hannah’s Herbals; soy candles and melts - Sugar Creek Candle Co.; and more.

Albers, Damiansville spring yard sales
    The villages of Albers and Damiansville spring yard sales will be on Saturday, May 8, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some sales will be open on Friday, May 7. Details will be available on the village of Albers Facebook page, . Sellers should include address/information on the Facebook page. Maps will not be printed.

Benefit fish fry planned for Friday
    A drive-through fish fry will be held April 9 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Beckemeyer. The $10 meal includes cod, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and slaw (no substitutes).
    Proceeds will benefit the Beckemeyer American Legion Scholarship Fund.

Carlyle Lake Dam East Boat Ramp closure
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project will temporarily close the Dam East Boat Ramp to the public beginning the evening of Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 11. 
    The closure is necessary for the 739th Engineer Company to conduct military training exercises associated with launching, catching and retrieving interior bays on the water, with approximately 30 to 40 soldiers participating.
    For more information, 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.

Corn Items Collectors Assn. spring meeting
    The Corn Items Collectors Association spring meeting will be held April 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 11173 Wintermann Road, Breese, IL 62230.
    This meeting is free to the public. Food will be available both days, as well as rest rooms.
    Activities taking place: Corn shelling, corn grinding, broom making, flour mill (take flour home), rope making, horse-drawn wagon rides (horses, mules, and ponies with a jail wagon), horse-drawn equipment and hit-or-miss engines on display, and two sheds with primitive tools and equipment.
    For more information contact Kenny Walthes, (618) 407-2428.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is online
    Do you know someone who may be abusing alcohol or drugs? The Southern Illinois Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) group meets each week to provide hope through education and support. The Southern Illinois PAL group conducts an online Zoom meeting each Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. We hope to resume meeting at Breese Activity Center at some point in the future. 
    Contact Craig at (618) 567-6095 to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, or if you have questions. You can find more information at
    There are two parts to PAL meetings: An educational component and an opportunity to share about one’s current experiences. PAL values confidentiality and organizers understand that everyone has their own opinion. They strive to be non-judgmental and to not provide advice, but to offer suggestions. All of their educational topics are theory and organizers believe you can, “take what you want and leave the rest.”
    PAL is for parents and loved ones over the age of 18 who have someone in their life who is struggling with, or recovering from substance use. PAL respects your anonymity. Educational material is provided at each meeting, and PAL meetings are free of charge.

Breese leaf dump times, dates announced
    The city of Breese has announced dates and times for its leaf dump: Sundays and Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remaining dates are April 10, 11, 14 and 17.
    City employees will be on hand to assist residents. The leaf dump is for leaves only, from city of Breese residents.

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