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Hunter's day with Walmart Heart

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
Thirteen-year-old Hunter Spurgeon of Beardstown was a proud girl on Saturday, November 2, when seven Walmart semi trucks and trailers lined up to parade Hunter out to Walmart after going to the Beardstown Middle School and picking up friends.
Heading the caravan was a Beardstown police car and fire truck. Making the trip for Hunter special was the fact that she rode in the front truck driven by her paternal grandfather, Joe Spurgeon, a Walmart driver from Oakland City, Indiana.

A-C/PORTA consolidation - who will gain?

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
Regional Superintendent of Schools Jean Anderson, has fourteen days from Wednesday, October 23, to make a recommendation to the Illinois State Board of Education with the question of consolidation before the voters in the A-C Central and PORTA School districts. Anderson, who serves Logan, Mason and Menard counties, held a public hearing in the A-C Central cafeteria in Ashland to gather information on which to base her decision.

County Clerk Kirchner decides against an 8th term

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
An earthquake could not match the shockwaves caused by Michael Kirchner’s decision not to seek an eighth term as Cass County clerk.
The popular public servant will complete 28 years as county clerk when his final term comes to an end in December of 2014.
“This was not an easy decision. It is hard to leave a job I love so much,” Kirchner said. “I’ve been fortunate to have the voters support me. Without the voters of Cass County, I wouldn’t be here.”

BNSF trains won’t stop here anymore

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
A way of life stretching back more than 14 decades will end on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the BNSF Railway eliminates Beardstown as a crew change point.
With this decision, the BNSF Railway estimates about 110 jobs will be lost in Beardstown. Those employees will be able to work out of Galesburg or other locations on the 32,500-mile rail system. At this time, the BNSF reports that 47 Beardstown employees have won bids to work out of Galesburg on trains running between Galesburg and Centralia and Galesburg and the St, Louis area.

BHS Student Council to hold Veteran’s Recognition Breakfast and assembly

The Beardstown Student Council invites the public to attend a Veteran’s Recognition Breakfast at 9 a.m. and an assembly on Friday, November 8, at 9:45 a.m. in the High School Gym.  
All veterans, their spouses and guests are invited to the complementary breakfast and assembly. Please RSVP to (217) 323-3665, ext. 2129.

Beardstown school tax discussion

By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette
Higher taxes were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Beardstown school board. The district is looking at further reductions in state aid at the same time as it faces looming needs to upgrade the HVAC system in Gard School.

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.