A new year tends to bring new resolutions to make changes in our lives. My New Year’s Resolution as a state legislator is to continue the course to reduce burdensome regulations and fees, reform Illinois spending to grow opportunities for our families, and restore trust in government with new ethics laws. [Read more...]
Illinois’ gasoline tax recently doubled and Middle East tensions couldn’t be any higher. In years past, that combination would have meant serious pain at the pump for drivers in the Land of Lincoln. But remarkably, that isn’t the case at the moment – and you can thank American oil producers. [Read more...]
Most folks are probably aware the United States has emerged as the undisputed global leader in oil and natural gas production. So it may come as a surprise to many Americans that we also lead the world in carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions this century.
We would like to take this opportunity to share some of the recent events that have transpired recently at our post. Between the local Carmi Post 3851, District 13, Illinois State VFW, and National, we have given a local youth, Collin Sexton, over $5000.00 of unrestricted funds for his education. We are proud of this young man and are certain of his future success.
Last week, District Commander Chris Hatcher, Carmi Post 3851 Commander Andrew Willis, and Carmi Post 3851 Secretary Mike Baxley were present to give a check in the amount of $500.00 to the Norris City School Board for participation in the program. Collin Sexton also received his VFW National Scholarship check in the amount of $2000.00.
This is ALL possible because of local patrons of the VFW, as well as various donations we receive from the public. It is important that people notice what the younger generation is doing at the VFW now. We are 100% volunteer and donate our time to ensure the post is run like a business, while also putting in place a proportional philanthropic arm that doesn’t drown us, but allows us to continue to operate, while giving back to the Veterans and Community.
VFW Post 3851 strives to work for the public, but is also a place for veterans to come to. Our business model is mostly built around “entertainment" activities. We offer Bingo every Tuesday night with highly competitive payouts, various raffles, and our most current addition is Cornhole every Thursday night. We have invested in quality-made boards from The Dreamshop to ensure a great experience for our players. This has been a big hit, with people coming from Evansville and Kentucky to play. Our Post was made to accommodate large crowds and is available to be rented out for events at an extremely affordable rate. A fully stocked bar is also included if needed.
Lastly, we are offering a brand-new sponsorship program for local businesses, etc., to purchase advertising. For an annual $50.00 fee, we will hang an 18”x24” sign with your logo/design of choice made by The Print Shop in our local Carmi Post. We will purchase the first sign. With big crowds of all ages in and out of the establishment, it’s a great and affordable way for locals to promote their business. For more information about our program, call or text Mike Baxley at (618) 384-8142.
Donations are always welcomed and greatly appreciated. Those interested in donating can make checks out to VFW Post 3851 and mail to 221 East Cherry St, Carmi, IL 62821.
Thank you for your continued support,
Letter to the editor
I know little about Wayne aside from his work with the white county animal control office, but that’s exactly the point. His work with them, even from the statements made by board members Ron McNaulty and Don Pucket, has been nothing less than exceptional. So why was he fired?!!