April 24, 2014

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  • Virginia council dumps voluntary public cooperation

    By Leigh MorrisFor the Star-Gazette After just one month, a sharply divided Virginia City Council has decided to give up on voluntary public cooperation in favor of mandatory compliancy on the matter of grass. With Mayor Steve Sudbrink casting the tie bre...
  • Star-Gazette receives state award

    The Cass County Star-Gazette is on a short list of no more than five state-wide media sources recognized in 2013 for ongoing efforts to help Crime Stoppers. ...
  • “Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!!!!”

    The Beardstown Opera House is turning into the Magical Land of Oz this weekend with their production of Tim Kelly’s  OZ! The musical is based on the story by L. Frank Baum but with new music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. ...
  • Local businessmen help solve city problem

    By Steve CappsFor the Star-Gazette Two local businessmen recently stepped forward with solutions to two environmental issues which have challenged Beardstown government. Public Works Director Gary Hamilton informed the city council earlier this summer tha...
  • Helping the man who helps others

    By Jody Woltmanjwoltman@casscomm.com Charlie Hawk has always been there for others. He is not one to ask for help. When he was diagnosed six weeks ago with metastasized lung cancer, family and friends were shocked and immediately planned a benefit for Cha...
  • Crimestoppers

    Cass County CrimeStoppers is currently seeking information on a theft that occurred at a farm on US Highway 67.  The suspect or suspects entered onto the property of the residence and removed several irrigation gears from a shed located on the property. ...
  • Beardstown Police Reports

    The Beardstown Police Department issued the following citations and reports: ...
  • Property Transfers

    The following real estate transactions were recorded at the Cass County Courthouse: ...
  • Divorces

    Miguel A. Valdivia and America G. Orduno. Judene Louise Stock and Richard William Stock. Irena Sorrells and Kevin Cleatis Sorrells. Georgia A. Degboe and Fogan Locoh....
  • Open house set for Imogene Drawve

    Imogene Drawve will celebrate her 88th birthday with an open house for friends and family at the Elks Club on Sunday, August 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. She was born August 6, 1925, the daughter of Harry and Ethel Brannan. She married Henry Meyer Drawve on Janu...
  • Political games used to confuse voters

    Sometimes in the Old West, it seemed as if everyone and everything were battling to gain the upper hand...even jaybirds and woodpeckers. The year was 1888. The Civil War had recently ended. Reconstruction was still taking place in Texas. Things were part...
  • Garden produce enjoyed during family visit

    I was supposed to be in the house on the computer writing this article, but was out picking blackberries and I just couldn’t stop with so many berries and so many bugs. They were eating the leaves, now they’re eating the ripe fruit. I hope it rains. M...
  • Virginia Community Center fundraiser a huge success

    What a great kick-off to the Virginia Community Center fundraising campaign Saturday night at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe! The Cafe was buzzing as Virginia Square One supporters dined on a fantastic BBQ Rib dinner and listened to the sounds of Stuart Smith, Pe...
  • Art Dufelmeier, the second Red Grange

    Legendary University of Illinois football coach Bob Zuppke once described Art Dufelmeier as the second Red Grange, but just a step slower than the “Galloping Ghost.” Born in Beardstown on July 21, 1923, Dufelmeier was a standout athlete during his Bea...
  • Motorcycle club thanks fire department

    Editor: On June 20, the Red Knights Firefighter Motorcycle Club, Illinois Chapter 5 held its 2nd annual “Dave Sessions Memorial Ride.” ...
  • Implementing sustainable funding means good things ahead for Illinois DNR

    As Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, I am reminded every day of the passion Illinois citizens have for the outdoors and the natural wonders of our state, and because that passion has translated into action, better days are ahead at...
  • The ABC’s of travel

    Greetings from the Ridge. The more I travel the more I become convinced that traveling with the right folks is every bit as important as where you go and what you see. Your fellow adventurers can make or break your trip and unfortunately there is no websi...
  • Fairy Elnora Launer

    Fairy Elnora Launer, 91, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Aug. 11, at Heritage Health in Beardstown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Beardstown, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery. Fam...
  • Fred Spillers

    Fred Spillers, 78, of Beardstown, died Friday, Aug. 9, at Heritage Health in Beardstown. A Celebration of Life was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at First Congregational Church in Beardstown. Family met with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sager Fu...
  • Imogene Montgomery

    Imogene Montgomery, 82, of Beardstown, died Friday, Aug. 9,  at her home. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with family meeting friends one hour prior to services. Private burial will be at Beardsto...