Highland News Leader

Around the Area: Book sale planned at Marine Library


Library to have book sale

A book sale will be held at Marine Library, located at 202 E. Silver St. in Marine, on Friday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., for one day only. The sale features a large selection of books for children ages 10 to 14. Price is 25 cents per book, or fill a plastic bag for $2. Money raised from book sale is used to defer operating expenses.

HCE to have two lessons this month

The Marine Unit of Home and Community Education Association will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marine Senior Citizens building. Since the meeting in January was canceled due to weather, the club will be having two lessons this month: “Important Documents to Keep” and “Managing Stress in Later Life.” Mary Beth Broughton and Lillian Daiber will be the presenters. Mary Gross and Connie Grapperhaus will provide refreshments for the evening.

The County’s Winter Warm-Up Craft Day event previously scheduled for Feb. 3 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24. Anyone interested in and wanting more information on either the unit meeting or the Winter Warm-Up can call Connie Grapperhaus at 887-4827.


HCE meeting

The Alhambra-Leef Home Extension Unit will meet on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Alhambra Township Building. The lesson, given by Gail Ohren and Eleanor Gregory, will be “ Managing Stress in Later Life.” Hostesses will be Eleanor Gregory, Gladys Wahl and Emily McDowell. Best Choice labels are still being collected. Visitors are always welcome.

Alhambra Primary News

School children are once again taking orders for butter braids and for TJ’s Pizza. Anyone who would care to order these items and has not been contacted may call the school office 618-488-2200 to order. This is a big fundraiser for the PTO.

Feb. 16 is when all the Six Flags reading logs must be turned in.

Feb. 19 is Presidents Day, and there will be no school.


Pentecostals to host Black History Month celebration

The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Illinois 162 in Troy, will be hosting their annual service “Celebrating Black History Month,” on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Reginald McNichols and Joshua Anderson will be the guest artists. For more information, visit the online church at www.pentecostalsoftroy.org, “Like” The Pentecostals of Troy on Facebook, follow @PentecostalTroy on Twitter, email revbb63@aol.com or call 667-6054. The church offers free bus rides to every church service and event.


UCC sets Lenten services

Illinois South congregations will observe mid-week Lenten services with the theme being, “A Face in the Crowd.” Each week, a different character pertaining to the story of the cross will be the topic of the service. Each service will be on Wednesday 7 p.m. at a different church. The Feb. 21 service will be at Marine UCC; Feb. 28, to be determined; March 7, Immanuel UCC in Hamel; March 14, St. Paul UCC in Edwardsville; and March 21, Grantfork UCC.

2018 Leef Township meetings revised

Leef Township meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Leef Township Building meeting room. on Tuesday, March 7 and April 10. The annual meeting will be at 8 p.m. on April 10, following the regular meeing.

The May meeting will be held on April 25, due to a scheduling conflict. The next meeting will be on June 6.

The July meeting to be held on June 25.

The Aug. 1, Sept.r 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 will be held at 7 p.m., and the Dec. 5 meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with the Christmas pot-luck following the meeting.

PTO Meeting

The Center Schools PTO meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Grantfork Elementary School.

St. Gertrude's Ash Wednesday Service


Madison County to offer $400,000 in HOME Funds

Madison County will provide around $400,000 to local groups that assist with affordable housing and social services.

Madison County Community Development will offer the funding through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).

“HOME funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the creation of affordable housing units,” Director of Community Development Trudy Bodenbach said.

The Home Program is a grant administered by local governments designed to create affordable housing for low income households. The available HOME funding is comprised of the 2017 funding year (Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018) allocation.

“There is an application process for all those who are interested in applying,” Bodenbach said. “After requests are received, eligibility will be determined by MCCD and to see if the proposed activity is consistent with the Consolidated Plan.

Proposals with rental housing utilizing a mixed income rental structure can be assisted; however, all HOME-assisted units must meet the HOME requirements.

“We are looking forward to receiving project proposals from agencies who will be serving our high-priority, low-income residents,” Bodenbach said. ““This can include the elderly, homeless, low-income families and others.”

Bodenbach said tenant-based rental assistance applications will not be accepted during the initial funding process.

Applications can be found on the Madison County Community Development website.

Historical society to give program on local abolitionist

The Madison County Historical Society will host a program on Edward Coles, Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall on the lower level of Immanuel United Methodist Church, 800 N. Main St. in Edwardsville.

The program presenter is Madison County Historical Museum superintendent Jon Parkin, a retired history teacher who specializes in early 19th century history.

Many historians believe that, if not for Edward Coles, Illinois may not have remained a free state. The significant contributions to Illinois history by Coles are remembered in Madison County with a monument installed on Illinois 157 by the state of Illinois in 1929 and with an Illinois State Historical Society marker on the grounds of the Manny Jackson Center on N. Main Street in Edwardsville. The Main Street location was once the site of the Madison County Court House, which is significant to the Coles story.

MCHS programs are free and open to the public. Regular hours at the Madison County Archival Library are Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Madison County Historical Museum is currently closed for renovations.

For additional information, call 618-656-7569.