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  • Facing criticism of unlined soccer fields, nets with holes, and subpar uniforms, Trenton mayor Kyle Jones and public works director Kurt Wehrle leveled their own attacks against their critics.
  • Residual rain from Hurricane Gordon ruined plans for this past week’s Trenton-Fest, but a number of local businesses have stepped up in the wake of the cancellation and agreed to donate money to the Trenton Park Boosters to help offset the loss and support the work the organization does to promote recreation in the community.
  • The Clinton County Retired Teachers Association bestowed the “Lifetime Educators Award” on Mary Ann Kauling of Carlyle, Illinois at its September 6, 2018 meeting in Trenton, Illinois. Accompanying her at the presentation and meeting was her sister, Rosemary.
  • The 13th annual TrentonFest kicks off this Friday evening and continues all day and night Saturday at Trenton Park. Friday night’s events are highlighted by the Dave Brandmeyer State Farm 5K Glow Run for benefit of District 12 Special Olympics Illinois. Registration for the event starts at 6 p. m. and the race start will take place at 7:30 p. m. Champagne Fixx will play music from 8 p. m. to midnight, food and refreshments will be served from 4:30 to 10 p. m., and carnival rides will run from 6 to 10 p. m.
  • Members of several councils from Illinois K of C District 90 won the Knights of Columbus National Slow Pitch Softball Tournament staged at Highland this past weekend, outlasting teams from Texas and Kansas. The tournament has been played since 1980, and while the team from Highland K of C Council won the event in 2001, the Clinton County group from District 90 was the first since Bartelso won it in 1992 to claim a national crown.
  • Clinton County Master Gardeners last Thursday dedicated a Magnolia grandiflora tree they planted last Fall in memory of the late Zoë Conley, who died from a heroin overdose on May 24, 2017 at the age of 20. The tree was planted on the north side of Trenton Elementary School, and dedicated with a marker.
  • Trenton’s city council on Monday appointed a new police patrolman to replace the departed Sergeant Ryan Weh, welcomed a new colleague as appointive Ward 2 council member Jim Wagoner was seated, and again deferred a local couple who have requested zoning changes that will allow them to build a garage on their south side property, among other items.
  • Downtown Trenton resident Lindy Evans on Monday attended Trenton’s city council meeting to complain about cigarette butt littering throughout town and specifically in front of bars and restaurants. “I don’t think people who throw their cigarette butts on the ground consciously believe they’re littering,” Evans said, “but I think it’s important to make the public and the businesses aware of the consequences for cigarette butt littering.”
  • The Democratic party in Clinton County has a pulse, just when nearly everyone was prepared to declare the patient deceased.


    On Monday, Clinton County Democrats cut the ribbon for their new campaign headquarters in Breese. With mid-term elections about two months away, the county Democrats welcomed the general public to talk with local, state, and federal Democratic candidates, and celebrate the opening of first Democratic office in Clinton County since the 1996 election.
  • At the Trenton Tumbleweeds Garden Club Annual Garden Party, August 14, members Marilyn Lee and Lois Roach were awarded the VIP Award from the Garden Clubs of Illinois. The presentation was made by Wilma Conley from Mascoutah. At the time Lois and Marilyn’s names were submitted, Wilma was the First Vice President of the Garden Clubs of Illinois. She was able to make the award for this reason. The award included a certificate and a sterling silver charm designed by Wilma.
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