April 21, 2014

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A scare that will show you care

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
This is the eighth year that Mike Logsdon, his friends and family have put a haunted house in the driveway at 1208 Jefferson in Beardstown.
This year he is suggesting that the community get together and have some fun and help a couple of good causes. He is asking that you donate a dollar for the water park fund or a non-perishable food item for the Cass County Food Pantry in exchange for a trip through the 12 to 13 haunted rooms.

Beardstown Merchants Trick of Treating

The following is a schedule of events for Beardstown Merchants Trick of Treat and a list of merchants who will be participating in the event.
The Merchants Trick of Treat event is sponsored by the City of Beardstown and Beardstown Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, October 31

Pratt receives license as instructor for Illinois Conceal and Carry classes

Wayne Pratt of Beardstown has recently received a State License as Instructor for Illinois Conceal and Carry Classes. His NRA certifications include Range Officer, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and personal protection in the home.

Merchants Trick or Treat Night

Don’t forget Merchants Trick or Treat Night Thursday, October 31, downtown and on the City Square.  Organizers are The Exchange Club, The Chamber of Commerce and Beardstown Main Street.

Virginia HS achieves an academic first

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Virginia High School has met the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for the first time since the state established the testing a decade ago.
A celebratory atmosphere enveloped Monday evening’s Virginia School Board session as Principal Jason Vicich shared the test results with board members.

MCHS launches heavy equipment training program

By June Conner

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Students at the Meredosia Chambersburg High School have an opportunity to prepare for employment operating heavy equipment through a program sponsored in part by Illinois Road Contractors. Following classroom curriculum and hands-on operating the equipment, students will be eligible for a union "blue card." Pictured left to right Principal Dan Carie, Jesse Howell, Jacob Boyd, Katie Demaree, Dillion Umphryes, Instructor Randy Baker, Certified Trainer Lee Halverson, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, Tiffany LaMaster, Dalton Walker, Drew Morrell, Aaron Sidock, and Superintendent Ron Gilbert.

Zimny selected as 30 Under 30 recipient

Megan B. Zimny, AKBD, has been selected as one of the 30 Under 30 recipients by The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2014 (KBIS®), to be held Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

Beardstown Main Street to hold meeting to plan for 2014

Beardstown Main Street announced that it will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Beardstown Golden Age Center, 111 West 3rd Street, for the purpose of discussing with the general public activities held in 2013, those for 2014 and the direction the organization will take.

Hollywood’s Cafe now open in Chandlerville

By Lynne Beard
For the Star-Gazette
Locals can put the Chef Boyardee away. Hollywood’s has come to town and not for a 15-minute retake. Holly Force opened the cafe on Sept. 24 and a sigh of relief can be heard from Chandlerville residents who want a hot home-cooked meal at a reasonable price and a place to socialize.  
Holly’s husband Chuck, is cooking up delicious home-cooked meals, including daily lunch and dinner specials and tasty desserts. My favorites are the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn special on Wednesday and biscuits and gravy.

A-C board unhappy with test results

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
The members of the A-C Central school board expressed irritation at the performance of A-C students on the latest round of statewide tests held in March at the October 16 meeting of the board. Elementary and junior high students’ results in reading and math only just met state standards in many classes and others fell below the standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam. Chairman Scot Atwood called the numbers “concerning.” The one bright spot was science, where A-C students consistently exceeded state standards. The performance of last year’s juniors on the ACT also did not impress the board.