April 24, 2014

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A-C music department presents Willy Wonka Sunday April 27th

A-C Central High School music department is currently in rehearsals to present the musical, “Willy Wonka.” The musical will be presented on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available from any cast member and also by calling the school office at 476-3313. Pictured is the full cast of the musical.

Decision expected soon on city attorney position

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
Beardstown’s city attorney vacancy may be filled by the end of the week.

Local police departments host drug disposal sites

If you have any unused or expired drugs in your medicine cabinet, you can dispose of them on Saturday, April 26, which is designated as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Beardstown and Rushville police departments, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), are sponsoring sites for drug disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NHS hosts sucessful fundraiser

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
When the Beardstown School Board made budget cuts due to decreased state funding -- cutting clubs, organizations and middle school sports -- it didn’t take long for members of the Beardstown High National Honor Society to go into action.
Shelby Carey, president of the NHS, said she and fellow members decided they wanted to do something.

Raise a Reader’ fundraising drive a success

The Raise a Reader project of Alpha Phi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International, has culminated in the distribution of over 3,000 books to four area health departments. Kathleen English, chairman of the Literacy Committee, announced that the 2013 fundraising drive ended successfully with enough funds raised to furnish books and educational materials to health departments in Cass, Morgan and Scott counties. Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society of educators from the three area counties, began the fundraising efforts last summer and concluded in December. Books were ordered and recently distributed.

2014 Virginia B-B-Q Queen Pageant contestants needed

Open to girls ages 14-18 that reside within the Virginia School District. Entry forms are located in the high school office and at First National Bank of Barry in Virginia. The Sign-up Deadline: Friday April 18, 2014. Pageant divided into three categories:
For further information contact: Cayla (Boensel) Keyes (217) 414-5646. The 2014 Virginia B-B-Q - June 6th, 7th, & 8th  

U of I Extension is April Co-Business of the Month

The University of Illinois Extension, Cass County Office is the April 2014 Co-Business of the Month! The University of Illinois Extension is the “flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.” They offer educational programs in four key areas: 4H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Food and Nutrition. Front row: Brenda Robinson--Office Support Assistant, Dustin Fritsche--Community and Economic Development Coordinator
Back row: April Littig--Youth Development Coordinator, Tanya Hetelle--4-H Program Coordinator, Aaron Dufelmeier--County Extension Director, Ken Johnson--Horticulture Educator. (Submitted photo)

A-C Central in Running for Seeds of Change® Grant, Seeking Community Support via Online Voting

The A-C Central FFA, located in Ashland, has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program for an opportunity to receive one of two $20,000 or one of 15 $10,000 grants.
The grants will be awarded to organizations that help support and develop sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs that focus on teaching people where their food comes from and the delicious ways it can end up on your plate. The Seeds of Change® Grant Program works to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities.

Sen. Durbin visits Beardstown

By Kim Watson
For the Star-Gazette
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranked Democrat in the United States Senate, stopped in Beardstown for a visit at Yesterday’s Café on March 22.  Durbin greeted a group of residents and addressed some pressing issues of the community, the state and nation.
Durbin listened to local issues including funding for schools, the marina project and a decreased tax base. It was commented that Beardstown has a unique situation that many school districts do not have. Beardstown has 78 percent of the children in the district in free or reduced lunch programs. It was said during the discussion that the cultural diversity is unlike most other school districts downstate, with these differences making it more difficult to provide the services that are needed.

Fire department hosts gas and electrical safety workshop

By Kim Watson
For the Star-Gazette
Beardstown Fire Department hosted a natural gas and electrical safety workshop last week, funded by Ameren. The Beardstown Fire Department was filled with approximately 80 participants which included staff from fire, police, ambulance and first responders from Beardstown and surrounding areas.