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Virginia Council hears benefits of mutual aid network PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Morris   

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
At a net cost of just $25, Virginia’s City Council on Monday evening learned it can become a member of a unique statewide response and recovery assistance network.
Cass County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) Director Roger Lauder invited the city to join the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN).
Founded in 2009, IPWMAN has grown to include more than 150 members, including Cass County, Arenzville, four of the county’s townships and numerous others in Central Illinois.

Beardstown family sues ICE and Beardstown Police Department PDF Print E-mail

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
A Beardstown family believes they were assaulted by local authorities and have taken it to another step by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Springfield.The lawsuit is against Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Dwayne Haferkamp, former Police Chief Tom Schlueter, and other officers.

Virginia’s Square One will usher in spring on Feb. 22 PDF Print E-mail

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Spring will be in the air on Saturday, Feb. 22, when Virginia’s Square One hosts a special BBQ rib benefit dinner, raffle drawing and silent auction at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe in downtown Virginia.
Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the Byus Building that once housed the Ben Franklin dime store into a 4,800 square foot community center. Total cost is expected to be $200,000.

Tough decisions ahead for District 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by June Conner   

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
A special meeting of the District 15 Board of Education Monday night focused on the lack of State Aid's effect on the local school budget. While it seemed the number one target was Brick School, other areas including sports were discussed.

Four chosen to compete in Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest PDF Print E-mail

Four A-C Central Jr. High sixth graders were chosen to compete in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest. Winners of the Poster Contest were Maggie Merwin and Kyia Privia. Winners of the Prose Contest were Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan and Kassidy Kirchner. Their projects will be sent in to compete against fifth and sixth graders across the state of Illinois. Pictured L-R: Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan, Kassidy Kirchner.


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