April 17, 2014
Virginia News
Virginia Library hosts World Book Night 2014 PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Easter is on its way and the Virginia Memorial Library is hosting an Egg Decorating Party. Hop on over to the library on Saturday, April 12 to decorate eggs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Be sure to wear old clothes.
This Saturday, April 12 is Trivia Night at the Virginia United Methodist Church to raise funds for the Virginia Daycare. Dinner is $5 consisting of sloppy joes or hot dogs, chips and drink, and will be served at 5 p.m. with trivia starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and 10 members per team. Contact Paula Hill for more information at 452-3050.

The many trials of a long, rough winter PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
It has been a rough winter in so many ways. The weather has been the main topic with the freezing and below freezing temperatures, along with ridiculous amounts of snow and ice but several of our friends and neighbors have had a rough time as well. Bob Virgin, after having truck problems, became trapped in the snow and was very fortunate to have someone come along and transport him to the hospital.

Last month for Feinstein challenge PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings

Winter is having a hard time letting go and each time snow is called for in the forecast one thinks this has to be the last time!  Surely there will be more than two seasons in Illinois.
It is almost April and that is the last month for the Feinstein Challenge for the Cass County Food Pantry. The Cub Scouts were out picking up food last week and that along with all cash and food donations made in March and April will count toward the total submitted for the challenge. Make your donations before the end of April and be a part of the challenge to raise hunger awareness nationwide.

Don’t put winter clothes away yet PDF Print E-mail

Perhaps we are finally out of the spring weather today, winter weather tomorrow cycle. No one can say that the weather in Illinois is boring, it changes every day. Don't pack away those winter clothes just yet.
Virginia schools Parent-Teacher conferences are this week, and on Thursday evening, March 20, the VHS FFA will be serving a pork chop dinner for parents, students and anyone else who would like to attend from 4 to 7 p.m.

Social media expands exposure PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson
For the Star-Gazette
What did we do before social media?  A video found on YouTube and posted on Facebook showed the road crew for the band Ricochet were videoing from their bus as they rolled in to the square and were setting up for their performance at the Virginia BBQ.  The east and south sides of the square were very visible as were people around town and on the courthouse lawn during the performance.  Once again, our community never knows who may be watching and where Virginia will ultimately be seen and by whom!  Do we make a great first impression?

Virginia fundraising dinner a fun event PDF Print E-mail

Talk about a fun fundraiser, that is exactly what occurred on February 22 at the Virginia Square One, Inc. BBQ Fundraising Dinner/Silent Auction at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe.
An energized group of supporters spent a fantastic evening dining on Bent Bones BBQ (Mike Bentley provided another winning bunch of ribs), listening to great music played by Stuart Smith and bidding on wonderful items donated by fabulous folks engaged in the cause of rebuilding the downtown square.

Busy month for City of Virginia PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson
For the Star-Gazette
Virginia's Square One, Inc. is hosting a BBQ Dinner Fundraising event this Saturday, February 22 at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe. Mike Bentley of Bent Bones BBQ will be firing up the smoker and dinner begins at 6 p.m. There will be a silent auction with fabulous items and the winner of the car raffle will be announced.

Communities need to create economic development opportunities PDF Print E-mail

Wayne "the Train" Hancock rolled into Virginia Sunday to perform at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe and the turnout was incredible. His tour stops include cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Urbana; Austin, Texas and then there is Virginia. His music is amazing and everyone has a good time but more than that, this sounds like an economic development opportunity.

Square One to raffle Oldsmobile PDF Print E-mail

What a difference a week makes! Last week we were recovering from the polar vortex and its extremely cold visit and this week, temperatures in the 50s. Welcome to Illinois!

January – a month to remember PDF Print E-mail

The Christmas decorations have been put away for another year, company has safely made it home and now it is January.  Usually it is an uneventful month but not this year.
Kicking off the new year with bitterly cold temperatures and blizzard-like conditions will be something that is remembered for quite some time and make the temperatures for the coming week seem balmy as they rise to the upper thirties and low forties.


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