April 17, 2014
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  • Ghost hunters visit Coonridge

    Greetings from the Ridge. The ghost hunters came to town last week. It was a big deal to the locals, but of course in Coonridge the appearance of more than three pickup trucks on Main Street at one time is an occasion. We’ve always considered ourselves ...
  • Country talent search comes to Beardstown

    By June ConnerFor the Star-Gazette The Texaco Country Showdown, the oldest talent search in country music, is coming to Beardstown on July 27. The Freighthouse, 704 E. 4th Street, will host the competition and currently has registration forms that will be...
  • Chief Baer steps down

    By Leigh MorrisFor the Star-Gazette Following the surprise resignation of Police Chief Chris Baer, Beardstown is again searching for a candidate to fill the $51,000-a-year post. Mayor Steve Patterson confirmed the 26-year-old Baer submitted a letter of re...
  • Council discusses police chief position, tax sale buildings

    By Steve CappsFor the Star-Gazette Beardstown’s city council learned the city is again without a police chief on the same night they approved a new contract with their firefighters. Mayor Steve Patterson informed the council at their meeting last week t...
  • Budget, labor agreement top Virginia School Board session

    By Leigh MorrisFor the Star-Gazette A proposed balanced budget and a new labor agreement topped action at the July 15 session of the Virginia School Board. The proposed budget, which anticipates expenditures of nearly $15.5 million, will be open for debat...
  • “Young” Professionals Network Starting in Cass County

    In an effort to provide some “Chamber of Commerce-like” events for the business community in Cass County as a whole, the Overall Economic Development Commission is starting a Young Professionals Network. ...
  • Growing season coming to an end

    It was a good week at the homestead. I got a lot of weeding done and taking more small deformed fruit off of the fruit trees. We collected two big bags full of Japanese beetles from the blackberries. I’m glad I picked all of the blueberries before the b...
  • Those disappearing product blues

    Every now and then I find myself waxing a tad nostalgic over products that once graced market shelves, as well as some of the stores that sold them. I’m sure you remember F.W. Woolworth, America’s first five-and-ten store. There was one on State Stree...
  • Toys needed for Santa’s workshop

    Editor: Santa needs help! During the Christmas season of 2012, Santa’s Workshop delivered almost 6,000 toys to needy children. Unfortunately, they ran out of toys and some children were missed. This year we need your help so that doesn’t happen again....
  • Pension circus highlights wrong attitude

    Pension reform in the state with the nation’s worst pension funding crisis is no laughing matter. Governor Pat Quinn’s alleged leadership on the issue over the past two years, however, would be laughable if it wasn’t such a burden on pensioners and ...
  • Ghost hunters visit Coonridge

    Greetings from the Ridge. The ghost hunters came to town last week. It was a big deal to the locals, but of course in Coonridge the appearance of more than three pickup trucks on Main Street at one time is an occasion. We’ve always considered ourselves ...
  • Taylor’s to celebrate 40th Anniversary

    Raymond and Donna Taylor, of Rushville, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, August 19. Their family will be hosting a potluck dinner at The Depot in Virginia, Sunday August 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. Come help them celebrate whether you plan to eat...
  • Bees pollinating help food production

    I was out in the garden last week, headed for the greenhouse to water. I don’t remember ever standing and watching bees at work, but I heard them in the flower garden my daughter and daughter-in-law helped me plant. They were busy on the sunflowers coll...
  • Visiting Camp Ellis today

    There are no granite monuments, polished historical markers or even roadside signs to tell the visitor that more than 125,000 men trained at Camp Ellis to crush the Axis powers. ...
  • Immigration Reform at Intermission

    It’s intermission on immigration reform and arguments are getting more vehement as the Democratic controlled Senate has passed its comprehensive bill, while the Republican majority in the House promises a piecemeal approach. Some leading Republicans vie...
  • Let Freida do your packing, Herb

    Greetings from the Ridge. The old adage in packing for a trip is to load up your suitcase with everything you hope you’ll need, carry it around your house three times, then come in and start tossing things out. I’ll admit it: I pack for every eventua...
  • Bell celebrate 45th Anniversary

    Jack and Kathy Bell of Beardstown will be celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary on July 20. They were married at the First Congregational Church in Beardstown on July 20, 1968. Mrs. Bell is the daughter of Evelyn Anderson and the late Ralph Anderso...
  • Our ‘Greatest Generation’ trained at Camp Ellis

    Camp Ellis was massive. Not only did it encompass 17,760 acres, but it boasted about 2,200 buildings and was home to as many as 25,000 soldiers and officers at its peak. Like any community, Camp Ellis had administration buildings, libraries, bakeries, la...
  • What Happened to the Farm Bill?

    The long delayed Farm Bill crashed and burned in the House of Representatives on June 20 as the most conservative Republicans joined Democrats to send the nearly $1 trillion farm subsidy and food stamp bill down to a “stunning defeat.” The Wall Street...
  • Cause for hope with today’s youth

    Greetings from the Ridge. It’s easy to become discouraged. Listening to the nightly news before bedtime is enough to disturb anyone’s sleep as the state of the nation and the world seems to be spiraling into one abyss after another. I can remember Hen...