News Briefs

Boy Scout food drive
    The annual Boy Scout food drive pick up is this Saturday, Nov. 18.  In an effort to promote recycling, they will not be distributing food bags as in years past.  Residents are asked to put donated food items in leftover plastic grocery bags on their front porch by 10 a.m.  No frozen items,  perishables or glass jars, please.  All food items collected will be donated to the House of Manna in Breese.

Offices closed
    All Illinois Secretary of State offices and driver services facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. 
    Facilities open Tuesday to Saturday will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 25. Offices and facilities open Monday to Friday will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27.
    Visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveilli, to locate the nearest driver services facility and the hours of operation. In addition, drivers can change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor,  or renew license plate stickers online.

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. 

American Red Cross blood drives
    Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. The community is invited to help save lives by donating blood at one of the following local drives:
    • Tuesday, Nov. 21 - Beckemeyer Community Blood Drive at the American Legion Hall from 3 to 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Breese Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Breese American Legion Auxiliary at the Legion Hall from 1 to 6 p.m. Food will be available for all presenting donors.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Carlyle Community Blood Drive at Carlyle Grade School cafeteria from 3 to 7 p.m. 
    Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience. Get a good night’s sleep, drink an extra 16 ounces of water, eat iron-rich foods to maintain a healthy iron level and consume a low-fat meal before donating. 
    Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible.
    To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Movie night at museum
    The Clinton County Historical Society will show the film “Meet Me in St. Louis” this Friday, Nov. 17, at its museum in Carlyle.
    The 1944 classic musical comedy focuses on four sisters living in 1903, the year before the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Starring, Judy Garland, this favorite movie of many earned several Academy Awards and nominations.
    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 bring your own beverage.
    Admission is free.

Sign up now for the Breese Chamber Christmas Parade
    Entries are now being accepted for the Breese Chamber of Commerce 18th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.   Anyone is invited to join us! 
    Organizations, nonprofit businesses and Chamber members are waived the $25 fee. Also waived are family floats. 
    Contact Michele Maue 618-954-8459 or email breesechrist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clinton County Township Officials to meet Dec. 6
    The regular meeting/Christmas party of the Clinton County Township Officials will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the American Legion Hall in Albers. The party will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. Please notify your members.
    The cost for the meal is $10, to be paid in advance (no money will be taken at the door for the meal). The number attending and remittance should be submitted by Nov. 22 to: Marjorie McQuade, 20500 Walker Road, Carlyle, IL 62231.
    Dues are $75; associates $50.

Thanksgiving Day Mass at Damiansville
    There will be a Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 a.m. on Nov. 23 at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville.
    A special invitation is given to all police, firefighters, EMTs and first responders to attend in uniform. Their invaluable service will be recognized with a special blessing.
    Everyone is invited to Mass to give thanks in this very special way on this very special day.

St. John’s UCC Cookie Sale and Raffle
    No time to bake this holiday season? St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese is ready to assist you.
    St. John’s UCC will hold a Cookie Sale and Raffle in the church hall on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 8 a.m. 
    Cookies will be sold by the pound. For more information, please call the church office at 526-4319. 

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