July 26, 2014

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Standing room only at Park District Theatre class play, ‘Thwacked’ PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
The parking spaces around the Beardstown square and beyond were completely filled on Wednesday, July 2. People passing by123 State Street asked, “What’s going on?”
What was going on was a standing-room-only children’s play entitled, “Thwacked.” The play was being presented by the Park District Theatre class in cooperation with the Beardstown Opera House.

 
National Infertility Awareness Week April 20-26 PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
I am writing in response to the article titled, “A-C Central teacher blasts ‘bully tactics,’”published April 3, 2014.
Thank you to A-C Central teacher Carrie Jo Donnan for speaking out against the A-C First mass mailer which read, “Promises are like babies – easy to make but hard to deliver.”

 
Don’t vote for me. I have an ax to grind PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:
Don't vote for me, I have an ax to grind. When talks begin about a Virginia and A-C school consolidation, (and they will), I want to serve on the Committee of 10 or be on the school board. However, don't vote for me because I have an ax to grind.
You see, in 2010, the A-C school board agreed to enter into a two-year agreement with Virginia High School to co-op sports.

 
New immigration reform needed PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:
Our country was built, with a solid immigration policy in place, by hard working immigrants. Now with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in our country, new immigration reforms should be put in place to allow healthy law abiding illegal immigrants to become legal citizens. But in doing so, we must protect the health, welfare and safety of our current citizens, while paying close attention to the pocketbooks of our taxpayers.
Reasonable people working close to and in our community estimate that we have 1,000 to 3,000 "illegal" immigrants living in Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois. (Pop. 13,600). Many illegals work, and but for violating immigration laws, abide by our laws. What seem like a significant number of the illegal population do not work and do not abide by our laws. During the course of a year, we process hundreds of illegals through our criminal court system for felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic cases. Illegal juvenile offenders are also processed, and human services through DCFS are made available to illegals in parental abuse and neglect cases. These additional costs in our justice system cost our county and state taxpayers for police (city, county and state), probation officers, interpreters, county jail expenses, and DCFS workers; also, we pay for parenting classes, anger-management training, alcohol treatment, substance abuse treatment, and mental health evaluations and treatment. Many of our illegals try to avoid prosecution. Cass County has 282 arrest warrants for illegals that have been issued and remain outstanding, but not served, because the illegals have left our area, are in hiding, or are now going by a new fictitious name. These warrants were issued primarily because after receiving notice to appear in court for some violation, they simply refuse to appear.

 
Rural schools must either change or decline PDF Print E-mail

My name is Mark Lounsberry and I have served as a board of education member for 24 years and just left the PORTA board one year ago. I have watched the process of the referendum unfold and I am not surprised by the defeat of this proposition. It is not my intention to make derogatory statements about individuals involved but I do want to express my thoughts on what just occurred and where do we all go from here.

 
The Committee Of Ten says, 'thank you' PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
We wish to express our thanks to everyone in the A-C Central School District for the opportunity to engage with you in a conversation about how we might best improve educational opportunities for our children.
We are especially grateful to the many people who took the time to participate in the Committee of Ten public meetings and hearings. Your questions were excellent and spurred many good discussions. The public comments were helpful and contributed to the process. Also, thanks for your encouragement, which was gratifying.

 
Shoe drive nets 2,517 pairs of shoes PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
A huge thank you to everyone who helped spread the word and collected shoes for our 2014 Shoeman Water Projects Community Shoe Drive. Through combined efforts, 2,517 pairs of shoes were donated to SWP this year with 20,777 coming from the Jacksonville area since January 2010.

 
Park district submits grant request PDF Print E-mail

Residents of Beardstown Park District:
Our park district has just recently (March 10) submitted a $2.5 million IPARC grant request for funding assistance for a new public swimming pool. The letters of support from our community for this project along with financial donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and children have been very heartwarming and much appreciated.

 
Grateful to be honored PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the lovely playground dedicated in my honor for the years I worked in the Beardstown School District.

 
Victim urges sexual assault victims to speak up PDF Print E-mail

Editor:
My name is Kynli Smith and I am writing you this letter because I am a victim of sexual assault. My abuser was just sentenced on March 10, 2014. I wanted to write this letter and share my story with you because the sad fact is I am not alone. There are so many other victims of sexual assault out there. I hope that by sharing my story with you, hopefully more victims of sexual assault will come forward like I have and break the suffocating silence. I’m going to try my best to explain my story to you, but normally the most important things are often the hardest things to say. So I am going to do my best.
I was molested by a man that I trusted and loved, a man who was supposed to go to my ball games, take me fishing and support me. Instead my abuser took my trust and innocence away when I was eight-years-old. The abuse stopped when I was around 12 when I moved away from Beardstown. I have carried the abuse, the burden and the shame with me over the years.
At first I did not realize that what was happening to me was wrong because he was supposed to love and take care of me. But, as I got older I soon realized that I am a victim of child molestation, and my abuser is a pedophile. Once I realized this I was too afraid and somewhat ashamed to tell anyone. I knew this would break my close-knit family apart, and I was also nervous about the abuse being seen as a personal weakness.

 
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