Feel Good Friday: January 21

Welcome to Friday and the column that provides a digest of good local news of the week. Here is a rundown of what we have seen:

Yachts to Sea announced a partnership with the Bill & Kristin Fenech Foundation on behalf of Barletta Pontoon Boats. Together a donation of $16,700 was made to Nashville First Responders! According to a Facebook post, a big thank you was credited to Bill and Kristin Fenech and Barletta Boats “for always going above and beyond with their generosity and all they do to support local communities.”

If you haven’t heard yet, Dairy Queen is having a half price day on Saturday, Jan. 22. The bargain is a limited menu but you can expect to get all cakes, boxed treats, ice cream pizzas and Blizzards, as well as Happy Hour specials All Day for all drinks. Check out the details here.

It’s the state tournament for the junior high girls, and there are three Washington County teams looking to expand their hoop dynasties. The Nashville Junior Hornettes advanced to the semi-finals Friday night at Rend Lake College, besting Pinckneyville 38-20. The girls will play Aviston on Monday at 7:15 p.m. at Waugh Gym.

TSJ ILS Titans are repeat regional champs

Trinity St. John-Immanuel Lutheran School (2) and Okawville (4) will both have their first Class S round games tomorrow. Both teams are recent state champions with the Titans taking the title in 2019. Both the Titans and the Jr. Lady Rockets squared up for the first place game with Okawville coming home with the top trophy in 2020. (The ladies won the Class M title the year before). No tournament was held in 2021 due to COVID restrictions.

Okawville Jr. Lady Rockets won their regional

Nashville celebrated its 8th graders on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Those players include Kolby Suedmeyer, son of Keith and Kathy Suedmeyer; Brayden Donato, son of Danny and Ange Donato; Gavin Birkner, son of Eric and Anna Birkner; Camden Lisk, son of Chris Lisk and Jamie Phillips; Blake Brooks, son of Dale and Jackie Brooks; Maddox Ritzel, son of Matt and Tracey Ritzel; Tyse Reinburg, son of Will and Megan Reinburg; and Wyatt Hicks, son of Justin Hicks and the late Nicole Hicks.

The 2021-22 8th graders at Nashville Middle School
Eighth grade cheerleaders Hanley and Peyton

In December 2021, the Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute Committee met to receive a $2,000 donation from Kevin Cates of Applied Hydro Sales (Las Vegas, NV). Applied Hydro Sales is a subsidiary of EFI-Solutions (Centralia, IL). “I was inspired by the work that my mother and sister on this committee and wanted to give something back,” said Cates. “The tribute is a wonderful thing to honor the service of a community.” 

Pictured l-r: Tim Erno, Wanda Arnold, Donna Dodson, Doris Simpson, Marlene Fox, Jim Beasley, Kevin Cates, George Evans, and Craig Roper (Submitted by Kaskaskia College)

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