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2011 Prom Rundown

By Courtney Bundy

Promenade for this year’s prom is in the Illini West gym at 4:00 p.m. Dinner will be served to anyone who signs up to eat at the Quincy Ambiance from 6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  They will be serving chicken and also roast beef or pork which hasnt been decided yet.  Mrs. Holtsclaw says, “We should have chicken and pork because roast beef and chicken are both dark meats.”

 The prom dance will be from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Premier Sound and Light Show will be handling the DJ duties for the night.

At midnight, After-Prom will start. The school will be calling the parents of any students that sign up and do not show up by 12:15 , to let them know that their student isn’t there. No students will be able to leave the building unless a superviser calls their parents and gets permission for them to leave the building. Once a student leaves the building, he or she will not be able to re-enter the building.

There will be prizes for all students, along with a grand prize drawing at 6:00 a.m. Also, they have two St. Louis Cardinals tickets to give away at 6:00 a.m. Students can earn drawing tickets for everything they do throughout the event. The more things you do, the more drawing tickets you will receive.

 There will be tons of things to do at After Prom this year. Some things that will be open all night are the mechanical bull, surf board, bungee run, large obstacle course, gladiator joust, laser tag, turbo trikes, WII Just Dance and Guitar Hero, a card table, and a money machine.

 Lindsay Rupert said, “The bungee run will be intense!”

Starting at 1:00-5:00a.m., there will also be dodge ball and Win It in a Minute games.

Zumba will be from 2:00-3:30a.m., and a hypnotist will be here from 5:00-6:00a.m.

There will be plenty of food and drinks at After-Prom for everyone.

The Ambiance web site

(image from www.theambiance.net)

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FFA Greenhouse Opening Soon



Opening April 16th, 2011 from 10am-4:30pm

3 Pack Plants :$1.00  

  Hanging Baskets:$12:00

3 inch Baskets:$1:00

Boston Ferns:$20.00

The greenhouse will be open on Monday through Friday and also on Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm




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Key Club vs. Kiwanis Basketball Game


The Illini West Key Club will be taking on the Carthage area Kiwanis members on March 17th at 6 p.m. The Key Club members will also be auctioned off to a community member to provide services like babysitting, cleaning windows ( or general spring cleaning), raking, walking dogs, a “Dinner for Two” and car detailing. We would love to have a big crowd this year to cheer on our high school students. Everyone is invited to attend and the admission is FREE. We will also be having a concession stand. We hope our communities will come and support this fun-filled evening. Kiwanis has won the past 3 years so we think it is time Key Club wins!

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Carthage Kiwanis Ag Day Breakfast

To kick off the excitement of National Ag Week March 13-19, the Carthage Kiwanis will be sponsoring their Annual Ag Day Breakfast on Saturday, March 12, at the University of Illinois Extension Center in Carthage from 7-11 a.m.  The free breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk.

The program will be featuring key-note speaker Dennis Vercler, Director of News and Communications for the Illinois Farm Bureau.  Come and hear what Chicago area residents really think about farmers, and where they think their food comes from.  IFB, Illinois Beef, Corn, Pork, and Soybean Associations, have worked together to conduct an in-depth study of the farmer’s image.  Some of the results from this study will shock you.  The winner of the 2011 Hancock County Farm Family of the Year Award will be announced at the end of the program.

The Carthage Kiwanis would like to thank our country’s farmers for supplying all Americans with the abundant supply of food and the essential role agriculture plays in maintaining a strong economy.  Tickets to the Ag Day Breakfast may be picked up from many of the ag businesses located around Hancock County.  For more information about this event, contact Mike Ward at Crop Production Services by calling (217) 746-3861.

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Teen Center to Open Today

From school announcements:

The new teen center for Illini West students will be opening its doors this Monday, March 7. It will be open from 3:30-6:00 PM every Monday throughout the school year.

If students utilize the center, it will be open every school day in the fall. There will be free snacks and drinks, game tables, cards, TV’s, movies, and much more. Come check it out.

The center is located at 603 Walnut Street in the Tri-State Family Services building, formerly the Printy Funeral Home. Look for the “Mtg U Where UR@” sign on the north entrance. Please pick up a fact sheet / emergency contact form by the office door if you are interested in attending, or ask Mrs. Roth for more details.

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Carthage Public Library Sponsors Community Spelling Bee

From the Carthage Library:

The Carthage Public Library invites you to our fourth biennial Community Spelling Bee.  The library is seeking teams and sponsors for the “Bee,” which will be held on Monday, March 21 at 6:30 pm in the Illini West High School Gym.  Many teams from the previous three bees are anxious for a rematch, but we’re also hoping some new groups will participate for the first time.  Come join in the fun.

Teams consist of 3 or 4 people of any age.  Although many teams represent a specific business, church, club, or other group, that is not required.  Groups of friends are also welcome.  Please help us by spreading the word throughout your organization and encouraging people to participate.  Teams from other communities are also welcome.

Please let us know that you intend to participate as soon as possible.  You may call or e-mail us.  The official registration form should be returned to the library with a $20 registration fee by Monday, March 14.  (Please register your team by March 14 even if you are not sure of all of the team members’ names).  

This event is a fundraiser for Carthage Pubic Library’s building fund.  Teams are requested to seek sponsors from the community who will donate money to support their team prior to the even.  Audience members will also have an opportunity to donate during the bee to cheer on the teams.  Prizes will be awarded to the top spelling and fundraising teams. 

We will also have a spirit award, for the team who gets into the spirit of the evening with a clever team name, slogan, costumes, cheering section, etc.  Each team is asked to prepare a poster with their team’s name and any organization they represent.

Those who choose not to be on a team may still participate by making a donation in advance to help sponsor a team and by coming to the spelling bee to root for their favorite team. 

If you have questions, call the Carthage Public Library, 357-3232, or send us an e-mail, cartlib@adams.net.

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