April 16, 2014
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  • Arenzville crash claims siblings

    By Bill BeardFor the Star-Gazette A three-vehicle collision near Triopia Junior-Senior High School Saturday afternoon killed an Arenzville brother and sister. Peyton O’Neil, 17, died at the scene. His 15- year-old sister, Zoe, died at 6:42 p.m in Spring...
  • Beardstown sites recognized at State Fair

    On Monday, August 12, the Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum was represented at the State Fair in the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition booth by a display of photographs of items in the museum and important Beardstown sites connected to Lincoln. ...
  • Original 427 Shelby Cobra Mustang to be on display at Jennings Grand Opening

    By Don Chipman Richard Ellis, owner of the very first 427 Shelby Cobra Mustang, has just returned from the RAM Auto Show where the Shelby Cobra Mustang placed second at the prestigious event held at Pebble Beach, CA. ...
  • Park District football set to start League play in mid-September

    The Beardstown Park District tackle football program will begin in mid-September with a league for 2nd and 3rd grade and a league for 4th and 5th grade. Registration forms may be obtained at the park district’s Schewe Community Center located at the Bea...
  • Ballpark wins the final championship game by 15-3

    By Don Chipmanchip2@att.net Ballpark Motors of Virginia won the championship game of the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Class C title by an overpowering 15-3 margin over the Fourth Street Lanes of Greenville  enroute to running the table with a pe...
  • Lots of projects completed with mother nature’s cooperation

    By Kay Brown What a nice week of weather we’ve had. Now it seems we’re headed back to the heat. It could be worse, we could be in the fire zone in the west or in the southeast flooding zone. I reckon we’ll take what mother nature sends. ...
  • Virginia Labor Day Celebration

    By Susan Carson Pull out those lawn chairs and cushions and get ready for the Virginia Labor Day Celebration on Monday, September 2, from 4-6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. It will be a fabulous end of summer event with music by Burr Smith & The Jonese...
  • Flying Dutchman becomes an extraordinary coach

    By Leigh Morris During the train trip to California, Art Dufelmeier and his teammates had plenty of time to ponder their status as a 14-point Rose Bowl underdog against the UCLA Bruins. Once on the West Coast, the Illini were afforded some enjoyable dist...
  • Remembering Red Norvo

    Editor: After the flood of 1927, we lived at 507 W. 9th, Red’s family lived at 411, almost a block away. Once the flood waters receded, the town was full of upside flat boats, in the yards, along garages, or, any place to store them. ...
  • Voyage to Alaska brings back memories

    Editor: There were two items of interest in last week’s paper, the continuation of Beardstown’s Red Norvo, and Frieda Marie Crump’s interest and delight in Alaska. In the last nine months of WWII, I was assigned Gunnery Officer, of the US?Navy’s A...
  • Bounty leads to new lifestyle

    By Dakota LivesayThis Week in the Old West     If a lawman in the Old West did his job well, as we shall see this week, he could be handsomely rewarded. And that reward could result in a whole new career. ...
  • Lincoln Papers Project Needs Full Funding

    I worked on the Lincoln Legal Papers project for 13 years, mostly under the direction of Dr. Cullom Davis, a history professor at Sangamon State University/University of Illinois-Springfield. A dynamic fundraiser, Cullom put together a first-rate staff, w...
  • Schools forsake art at students’ peril

    Greetings from the Ridge. Mindy will be entering her junior year in high school this week. She’s been our little neighbor girl since the day she was born and we’ve sort of considered her ours. Our sweetheart was raised by good parents and nurtured in ...
  • Dodds to celebrate 30th wedding anniversary

    James and Sara (Drinkwater) Dodds of Virginia, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on August 20. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia by the Rev. John Deily. They are parents of three children: two sons, Corey McGlass...
  • Norma Eddington

    Norma E. Eddington, 75 of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, at her home. The family will meet with friends from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Black Oak Church. Burial will b...
  • Albert Lee Brown

    Albert Lee Brown, 77 of Jacksonville, and formerly of Beardstown, died Tuesday, August 13, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 23, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beard...
  • Michael Campbell

    Michael Eugene Campbell, 63 of Rushville, died Sunday, August 18, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the services at the fu...
  • Masons aid Virginia groups

    Virginia’s Square One and the Virginia Community Day Care Center were the recipients of gifts from Virginia Masonic Lodge No. 544. On Saturday, Aug. 10, Masonic Lodge Master Mark Clark presented Paula Hill (left), director of the Day Care Center, with a...
  • 16 receive new degrees in Tae Kwon Do

    Congrats in order–Sixteen (16) students of the second school of Tae Kwon Do “Flying Dragon” in Beardstown achieving their new degrees. Fleicidades–A los estudiantes de la segunda de escurla de Tae Kwon Do “Flying Dragon” en Beardstown, ILK po...
  • Allaina Leischner named to JJC All-Area Team

    By Don Chipmanchip2@att.net Two lady softball players from teams  the Star-Gazette covers were selected to the first team JJC?All-Area squad. Lady Tiger Allaina Leischner has been selected to the first team JJC All-Area as an outfielder. ...