August 23, 2014

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Spring Is Near

William C Bailey
School of Agriculture
Western Illinois University

Despite the recent snow, spring is on the way.  And that means Illinois farmers are preparing to plant a lot of corn and soybeans.  During a recent drive around central Illinois, I spotted numerous pieces of farm equipment moved out of the shed with farmers preparing the equipment for spring tasks.
Soon, as we drive around the state, we will patiently follow similar large farm equipment moving from field to field, as they plant or prepare to plant crops.  Underscoring the approach of spring, I saw, near Jerseyville, the green fuzz of winter wheat peeking out of the ground.  

 
Second annual BHS alumni baseball game announced

Last year’s inaugural Beardstown High School Alumni Baseball Game may have been rainy, but it hasn’t dampened the spirits of the organizers who are planning the event again this spring.
Adam Jamison, a graduate of the Class of 1997, reported that over $1,200 was raised among BHS alumni and friends last spring to purchase new equipment for both the junior varsity and varsity baseball teams.

 
Blood donations needed

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region blood drives will be held in the area. The first at Bluffs High School, located at 100 West Rockford in Bluffs is hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 5, from 1 to 5 p.m.   The next at the Beardstown Lincoln Land Community College, 109 White Pine Lane, on Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The third at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church Hall, 800 West Main Street in Ashland, on Friday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For your convenience, please call the blood center (toll free) to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org using sponsor code 60008. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

 
State Farm Insurance is Co-Business of the Month

State Farm Insurance has been chosen April 2014 Co-Business of the Month. State Farm Insurance is owned and operated by Bob Masten. Bob has provided personal line insurance to the Beardstown area since 1998. The office is located at 10054 U.S. Hwy 67 and office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pictured from left: Kennia Erickson, Bob Masten and Toni Quinn. (Submitted photo)

 
Grass and leaf pickup resumes

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
The city is again picking up grass and leaf bags although the issue of what to do with the yard waste has not yet been resolved. For now the bags are being taken to a full dump site where an area of logs has been cleared to make room for the waste, according to Gary Hamilton, public works director.
The announcement was made at the Beardstown City Council’s committee as a whole meeting Tuesday night.

 
Cinco de Mayo Little Miss Queen candidates announced

Candidates have been announced for the Cinco de Mayo’s Little Miss Queen and Princesses program. The celebration will be held May 3 and 4 at Art Zeeck Park.
Candidates are Maria Weber, Emily Nava, Danielle Nagaito, Isabel Chaidez, Esmeralda Martinez, Raven Sweeney, Kourtney Logsdon, and Karem Izquierdo.

 
Schroll participates in Boston Marathon

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
It’s an experience he will likely never forget. Travis Schroll of Beardstown was among the 36,000 runners participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Although he didn’t run as fast as he had wanted, he finished the race in 3 hours and 12 minutes, a few minutes shy of his hoped-for time of 3 hours, 3 minutes.
“It’s a very hard course,” he said of the 26.2 mile race. “I underestimated it.”

 
Beardstown IGA to close its doors

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
Beardstown IGA will soon close its doors.
“It’s the business climate,” owner Steve Kremer said. “We can’t afford to keep the doors open and pay all the bills.”
Kremer said the exact closing date is”iffy” but expects the store to be closed by the end of the month.

 
Mayor selects firm for city attorney position

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
Mayor Steve Patterson said Monday he has selected the law firm of Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti and Beard of Jacksonville to fill Beardstown’s city attorney vacancy. The recommendation will be presented to the Beardstown City Council for  approval at its May meeting.

 
Beardstown IGA to close

Beardstown IGA will soon close its doors.
“It’s the business climate,” owner Steve Kremer said. We can’t afford to keep the doors open and pay all the bills.”
Kremer said the exact closing date is”iffy” but expects the store to be closed by the end of the month.

 
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