Helen Lucille Kirkpatrick Galloway-Sesser, IL

Helen Lucille Kirkpatrick Galloway went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 surrounded by her three beautiful daughters.

She was born to Virgil “Whitey” and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick on August 25, 1939 in Du Quoin, Illinois.

She married Donald Lee Galloway on July 27, 1957 in Sesser, Illinois. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage and were blessed with four children. She was a mother, Tupperware manager, but best remembered in her community as Mrs. Helen, our bus driver. She enjoyed painting, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a Christian and helped plant the Butterfield Freewill Baptist Church in Aurora, Illinois and was a member of Hazel Dell Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie and Jeff Staley, of Mt. Vernon; Diana and Steve Rea, of Benton; Dana and Darrell Kingore, of Ozark, MO; daughter-in-law, Shelly Galloway-Thies and husband, Jeff of Sesser; and one sister, Virginia and Jerry Brachear of Saginaw, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and beloved son, Danny. She adored her grandchildren, Dacey, Abbi, Allison, Ben, Dustin, John Palmer, Dayton, Daelon, Will, Dason, Drennon, Dreanna, and many great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Vistation will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5-8PM at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with a celebration of her life on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10AM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to pancan.org/donate or accepted at the funeral home for Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of her son, Danny Galloway.
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Editorial: Trust hard to come by when promises broken in Springfield

Parents, teachers and other school choice advocates are roaming the halls of the state Capitol building during the final weeks of session, talking to any lawmaker who will listen about how the Invest in Kids scholarship program is helping put students in schools that allow them to thrive.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Illinois News Network.

Op-Ed: Pritzker takes 1 step forward, 2 steps back on tax hike push

J.B. Pritzker announced his run for governor of Illinois more than two years ago.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Illinois News Network.

Anhydrous ammonia spill underscores safety push

More than 30 people were hospitalized after an accident in the Chicago suburb of Beach Park last month after tanks of anhydrous ammonia, a compressed gas used to fertilize corn, leaked into the atmosphere.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Leslie Marshall: Republican voters are united behind Trump – as a Dem, I’m not surprised

A recent Monmouth University poll shows that 70 percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire – the state where the first presidential primary is held – plan to back President Trump in 2020.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

‘We’re not going away’: Blues storm back with improbable win in the Shark Tank

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A beaming Tom Stillman, in the hallway outside the Blues’ locker room, couldn’t help himself.

Here’s a link to the story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Farmers put in more than 600 applications to grow, process hemp in Illinois

Up until the 1950s, hemp was an important industrial product in the United States, used for everything from ropes and clothing to parachutes for the military during World War II.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

St. Louis District Corps of Engineers Commander to Honor Local Heroes, Sign a Partnership Agreement, and Open a New Trail.

BENTON, IL- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Commander Col. Bryan Sizemore will visit the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for a Partnership Ceremony. The Commander will honor two Franklin County Deputies for their acts of valor while saving a young woman’s life at Rend Lake. The Colonel will also sign a partnership agreement for the North Marcum Improvement Project which includes construction of an archery complex and mountain bike trail. Lastly, he will recognize Rend Lake’s partners which worked diligently to complete the new Pollinator Trail Project and open the new area with a ribbon cutting.

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome and Introductions (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)
Recognition of Franklin County Deputies (COL Bryan Sizemore)

09:50 – 10:10 Project and Partner Summary (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)
Signing of the North Marcum Improvement Partnership Agreement
(COL Bryan Sizemore and Partner Representatives Sign)

The North Marcum Improvement Project Partnership Agreement brings multiple local, regional, and national partners together to provide a 40 acre archery complex, including both a range and a trail, and 12+ miles of mountain bike trails.

10:10 – 10:30 Move to the Pollinator Trail
Project and Partner Contribution Summary (Park Ranger Cassie Magsig)
Recognition of the Pollinator Trail Project Partners (COL Bryan Sizemore)
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Pollinator Trail Project
(All Trail Project Partners, Operations Manager Jackie Taylor, and COL Bryan Sizemore)

Fourteen partners came together to provide Rend Lake visitors with a new 1200 foot long universally accessible trail encircling the Catfish Cove Pond; four accessible fishing piers; a covered bench; a half mile long nature trail; and over 5 acres of native pollinator plantings.

Pastor Rick Warren: If you want to know to do, just ask

If You Want to Know What to Do, Just Ask
by Rick Warren — May 15, 2019

“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you . . . But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you” (James 1:5-6 TLB).

Since God thought up the whole idea of relationships between men and women, parents and children, and friends, doesn’t it make sense to go him for direction when you have a problem?

As today’s verse says, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you” (James 1:5 TLB).
Why do we have to ask before he answers? Because our relationship with God begins with faith. He doesn’t force things on us. He invites us into a relationship with him. So we ask.
Now I have to say, too many times I forget to ask. If you’re like me, you’re just rushing through your day doing this, doing that, assuming it’s going to be okay. But you need to just stop once in a while and say, “God, I ask you, what is your direction?” He will gladly tell you.
And how does he tell you? An answer will usually come through one of two main ways: through people that are following him and through his Word. Get together with a few people who you know seek after God, and ask them for their opinion. Look in their eyes, and get an honest answer. And, turn to God’s Word. Ask him, “God, what do you have to say about this?”
Some people think God is not interested in our relationships. After all, he’s got a universe to keep going. But he is interested. He made you! The Bible says, “But be sure in deciding these matters that you are living as God intended, marrying or not marrying in accordance with God’s direction and help, and accepting whatever situation God has put you into” (1 Corinthians 7:17).
I understand the hurts that can exist in some relationships, but the incredible promise of God’s Word is that he can bring beauty into any relationship—not perfection, but he can bring beauty. Both people in the relationship have to agree, and it will take some struggle to get there. But to give up is nowhere in the plan or purpose of God. That’s why you have to go to him for direction and guidance.
PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

What do you need to do to make sure you have time every day to spend with God so that you don’t forget to seek his direction?
How can you develop the kind of friendships with other Christians that will help you seek and follow God’s guidance?
Why does it make a difference that you believe God can restore beauty to your relationship?

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

Bulls get the 7th pick in the 2019 NBA draft lottery: ‘There’s luck involved. We weren’t lucky.’

In lieu of lucky numbers on pingpong balls popping up through the chute of the NBA’s draft-lottery machine Tuesday night, the Bulls have to hope the third time is the charm.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.