State Representative Norine Hammond spoke at the Kiwanis meeting on Monday, February 8. Representative Hammond discussed the budget impasse, and what she and her colleagues were doing to improve the situation. Many Kiwanis members invited guests to... more
    The featured speaker at the Feb. 4 meeting of the Exchange Club of Beardstown was Lisa Downs, Chief Nursing Officer at Culbertson Hospital. Her talk was centered on the Cardiology Department of the hospital. There is an outpatient cardiology... more
     For Virginia, the wait for the new Casey’s General Store is over with its official opening set for 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.    Located on Ill. Rte. 125 just west of The Depot restaurant, the Virginia Casey’s incorporates the company’s new... more
Virginia area farmer and civic leader Terry Bell has received the 2015 Lodge Builder Award from Virginia Masonic Lodge No. 544. Bell, who is a former Virginia School Board member, was honored for his “leadership and outstanding contributions to the... more
Patrick Bell, manager of Cass Meats, presents Joanne Anderson of the Cass County Food Pantry with a check for $1300, proceeds from the recent coyote hunt that Cass Meats sponsored.   To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.
    At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Steve Patterson recognized BHS Soccer Coach Adam Hamilton for the remarkable season that his team had, which led to him being recognized by the state. Mayor Patterson spoke about how special it was... more

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    A total of 883 students earned academic degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates after the Fall 2015 semester at Western Illinois University.

Sports

This week in Chip's Corner, Johnny Manziel is in trouble again; Chip discusses the top 10 scorers in the BHS Varsity/JV Tournament; the PGA tour is coming to Springfield; and the Bears are still re

Obituaries

    Ruby Mae Thurman, 80, of Macomb, formerly of Beardstown, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Macomb.