Skinner guilty—all five counts (originally published 5-13-10)
by Marla Blair
Justice for Steven was the mantra for almost 18 months as the family and friends of Steven Paul Watkins waited for the investigation, the arr...
AmeriCorps Week highlights volunteers and programs (originally published 5-13-10)
AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers Aaron Tebrinke and Janice Jamison are taking part in AmeriCorps Week (May 8-15), a national effort to engage more Americans in serving the...
Skinner Murder trial underway in Adams County (originally published 5-06-10)
By Marla Blair
On Monday a jury of ten women and two men began their task of listening to evidence in the murder trial of Shirley Skinner. She ...
Watkins’ inquest jury makes decision (originally published 12-22-09)
By Marla Blair
An inquest into the death of Chandlerville resident Steven Paul Watkins was held at 9 a.m., Jan. 20, in the Beardstown Courtroom. After th...
Walmart Supercenter opens for business (originally published 3-19-09)
The much-awaited Beardstown Walmart Supercenter opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 18, with local and company officials present for the event.
At a walk...
New Walmart store is on its way to opening day (originally published 3-05-09)
The new Walmart supercenter on US Highway 125, east of Beardstown, has been under construction since last June. The 98,000 square-foot store will replace a much smaller...
Open-mic celebrates first anniversary (originally published 2-05-09)
By Aaron Tebrinke,
Its nearly 7 p.m. on Monday Jan. 12, at Dr. Ugs on the square in Virginia, and a figure is taking multiple trips—darting in and...
Star-Gazette photo by Aaron Tebrinke (originally published 12-15-08)
Contractors installing new 8-inch water supply lines accidently broke an old, unmapped line last Thursday and created a situation for the residents of Beardstown. The town’s water s...
Illinois governor indicted on multiple counts, taken into custody by FBI
(originally published 12-11-08)
Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested at their homes early Tuesday morning by FBI?agents and taken to FB...
La Familia bakery sells more than pastries (originally published 12-04-08)
By Yasmin Perez,
For the Star-Gazette
La Familia is the name of the new bakery and restaurant at 204 Washington, Beardstown. Owner Augustin Urquiza and his wife, Susana,...
Investigation ongoing in Ashland shooting (originally published 12-04-08)
The death of a Chandlerville man continues to be under investigation, while authorities question witnesses and gather information.
Steven P. Watkins died at an Ashland res...
Ashland incident ends in fatal shooting (originally published 11-27-2008)
By Marla Blair
The silence of a small town was broken Tuesday night when a man was fatally shot in the village of Ashland.
Local residents reported emerg...