April 23, 2014

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Beardstown Arts in the Park set for May 10

Beardstown Main Street will be hosting its first Beardstown Arts in the Park event on Sat., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the city square.

 
Tiger Nation presents proposals to reinstate activities

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
A group rallying to raise funds to reinstate extracurricular school activities presented funding proposals to the Beardstown School Board during the board's meeting Wednesday, March 26. Brittney Taylor of the Tiger Nation Booster Club gave a slide presentation showing a three-phase proposal to fund activities cut by the school board in February

 
A-C Central teacher blasts ‘bully tactics’

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
Efforts to consolidate the A-C Central and PORTA school districts are over for the time being, but hard feelings generated leading up to the March 18 vote, in which A-C voters rejected the effort, may linger for a while. A-C teacher Carrie Jo Donnan took aim at the tactics of A-C First, a group opposed to consolidation that included members of the A-C Central board, during the March 26 meeting of the board. Donnan took issue with A-C First’s claim that the A-C Central Education Association supported the consolidation effort with PORTA only because its members would get higher wages. She called these claims and others “bully tactics.”
Donnan severely criticized a statement that appeared on an A-C first mass mailer the week before the vote which read, “Promises are like babies-easy to make but hard to deliver.” Donnan called this statement “obscene,” “inappropriate,” and “distasteful.”

 
One dead in weekend fire on Star Lane

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
A Beardstown man is dead after a fire that occurred early Sunday morning.

 
Christ in the Passover

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia invites all to hear a presentation given by Jews for Jesus on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00 PM. The topic will be Christ in the Passover with a Model Seder, including a potluck supper.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  Table service will be provided.

 
Virginia’s Annual Community Spaghetti Supper set for April 5

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Forget the robins. Never mind the start of baseball. Ignore the blossoms. All of these things are nice, but the surest sign of spring is the Virginia’s Annual Community Spaghetti Supper hosted by the Virginia Masonic Lodge.

 
IFP is Co-Business of the Month

Illinois Forest Products, also known as IFP, and their staff were chosen March 2014 Co-Business of the Month. They are located at 8699 Arenzville Road, Beardstown. IFP is a third-generation, family business established by Glen and Bernice Massie in 1961. Pictured are Kevin (right) and Chris Massie, owners and operators.

 
Tiger Nation Booster Club informational meeting set for Thursday, March 27

There will be an informational meeting at 7 p.m. March 27 to discuss the upcoming Tiger Nation Booster Club fundraiser and other events.
The Tiger Nation Booster Club was organized by a group of parents, teachers and community members to help raise money as a result of Beardstown School Board’s cuts. Beardstown School District, along with most districts throughout the state, are all experiencing financial crisis due to the state’s lack of making payments to the districts. Beardstown recently cut all middle school sports, stipends to the high school’s extra curricular activities and assistant coaches.

 
Beardstown yard waste limit goes into effect

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
Yard waste pickup will start March 31, but beginning this year will be limited to six bags per household each pickup week. During a meeting of the Beardstown City Council’s committee as a whole on March 18, public works director Gary Hamilton said the limit was enacted because some households would have as many as two to three truckloads of waste and when this happened the crews did not have enough time to complete the pickup route. The ordinance setting a limit was approved last fall.

 
New Healthcare deadline goes into effect March 31

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter

With the end of the month healthcare enrollment deadline just a few days away, the window for uninsured persons to sign up for health insurance and avoid a tax penalty is quickly closing. To provide further access for people needing assistance before Monday’s deadline, the Get Covered Illinois call center is extending its call hours. They are currently 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. but the call center closing time will be extended to midnight on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In Illinois, customers can still find information at getcoveredillinois.gov. Illinois is also one of the states that opted for expanded Medicaid coverage.

 
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