July 29, 2014

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Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Guide

The 2014-2015 Jim Edgar Panther Creek State and Fish Wildlife Guide is now here in digital form, look for the book at local business soon. Visit our E-Editions link to view this year's guide.

Cass County Fair Results

The 2014 Cass County 4-H Fair results

Area Disposal Services named July Co-Business of the Month

Area Disposal Services, Inc. and their staff have been chosen July Co-Business of the month. Area Disposal Services provides waste hauling services, landfill laboratory analysis and hazardous waste disposal. They own three landfills, 250 trucks, and employ more than 500 individuals. Royal Coutter started the business in 1928 with one pickup truck. His grandsons, Chris, Matt and Jeff, now run the business. The office that serves Beardstown residents is located in Pittsfield. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and their phone number is 1-800-570-1616. Pictured from left: Joe Hucstep and Kevin Hall.

Habitat for Humanity announces dedication of its fourth house

The public is invited by Habitat for Humanity of Cass and Schuyler Counties, Inc. to the dedication and open house for the recently completed house at 305 E. Jefferson, Rushville. The event will be held July 27 at 2 p.m. Please bring your lawn chairs.
Addie Moranville and her son, Lucas, will be the homeowners. Addie’s house is the fourth house built by the affiliate. The first and third ones were located in Beardstown and the second one in Rushville.

Mobile Food Pantry helps more than 200 households

The Cass County Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by Dot Foods,  provided over 12,000 pounds of food to the community June 28 at the Beardstown High School.
Over 200 households attended the event and well over 775 individuals were served, including 327 children and 68 senior citizens.

New water, sewer rates go into effect Aug. 1

New billing rates for water and sewer in Beardstown will go into effect on Aug. 1. The bills will be based on the amount used instead of a flat rate.
For water the minimum monthly rate will be $22.25 for the first 2,000 gallons of water. If usage is over that amount, the additional amount will be $6 per thousand gallons.
Currently, homes and businesses are charged flat rates. A single family residence now pays approximately $21 per month.
Sewer bills will also be based on usage. The minimum bill will be $10 for 2,000 gallons, increasing $1 for each additional thousand gallons used. Currently, residents pay $9.80 per month.

Virginia academic eligibility issue overshadows academic achievement

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Lengthy debate over the issue of athletic academic eligibility Monday evening overshadowed Principal Jason Vicich's report that Virginia High School students will meet the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in math for the second consecutive year.
News of the AYP achievement came from preliminary test data from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Council vote to transfer Princess property fails

By Allie Dawson
For the Star-Gazette
A vote to authorize Mayor Steve Patterson to execute documents for the transfer of the Princess Theatre property to the city of Beardstown failed 5 – 3 at Tuesday’s meeting of the Beardstown City Council.
Mayor Steve Paterson and council members in favor of the motion expressed concern in terms of the future of the building, the safety hazard it could pose, and the fact that future funding could be uncertain. Voting in favor of the motion were KatieVitale, J.D. Grafford, and Leslie Harris.

Area youth to perform musical GREASE!

By Vanessa Bolen
Take a step back into the 50s with Rydell High sweethearts, Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, played by Madi Days and Sergio Perez, as they perform in next week’s production of Grease.
Joining them will be the Pink Ladies (Emma White, Aileana Rawlins, Parker Carls, Alexis DeSollar) and the Thunderbirds (Rob Tynan, Josh Grant, Tyler Evans, Angel Izquierdo) as they partake in teenage endeavors such as dances, relationships, fitting in and, most important of all, getting a car to make the ladies swoon.
The production is directed by Allison Wilson and sponsored by Cargill. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. in the Beardstown High School Auditorium.
Tickets for the show are available with any cast member (listed on Beardstown Choirs’ Face Book page) or at the door.
So, okay cats, now “wrap your mittens around your kittens” and grab some tickets to get to the show!

Beardstown Community Blood Drive at Heritage Health Needs Your Help

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for our region, Heritage Health located at 8306 St. Luke’s Drive in Beardstown is hosting a blood drive on Monday, July 28, 2014. The hours of the blood drive are 11:00am to 2:00pm. For your convenience, please call the blood center to sign up toll free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60007 at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.