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School board addresses a number of issues

By David V. Miller
For the Star-Gazette
The Beardstown Board of Education addressed a number of items at its June 25 meeting, ranging in topics from piercings to salaries.
On the subject of body piercings, other than studs, no facial piercings beyond the ears will be allowed next school year.
In other student-related matters, open campus lunch will be offered for all students maintaining a C average or better with no disciplinary issues. This will be started on a trial basis with its continuance dependent upon the results.
In administrative and athletic director reports, the school district has received a $400 vocational grant for the next school year. Migrant Summer School programs are half finished and going smoothly.

 
Cargill recognizes employee

Brenda Antrim, the traffic manager at Cargill Beardstown, won a Collaboration Award. The award recognizes outstanding performances by those outside the pork business unit which had significant impact on the business and those who exemplify those qualities necessary to enhance the long-term success of the organization. Brenda has been at Cargill for close to 46 years. She was born and raised in Beardstown. Her hobbies include golfing and reading. What she likes most about Cargill are the people. Pictured, left to right, are Mike Luker, Pork Business Unit leader, Antrim, and Norm Bessac, VP Pork International Sales. (Submitted photo)

 
Hummingbird Festival August 9 at New Salem

Sangamon River Audubon is hosting a Hummingbird Festival on Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the New Salem Visitor Center. The event is open to the public.

 
Virginia BBQ Little Miss contestants

At 6:15 p.m., June 6, Virginia BBQ Little Miss contestants will perform a dance and fashion show before being escorted on stage. In their formal gowns on stage, contestants will answer a question. The Little Miss contestants are sponsored by Scotty’s Auto Parts in Virginia and director is Kim Mefford.

 
Lincoln Land Community College Soberfest

The Beardstown Newspapers, Inc, Publisher and Office Manager visited Lincoln Land Community College for Soberfest Friday. May 2 morning. Some heart wrenching stories were shared by George Murphy (MADD), Chris Baer (Beardstown Police Department) and Brian Becker (Beardstown Fire Department). View the video on our facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cass-County-Star-Gazette/159082564111570

 
CRWD extension plan meets enthusiasm PDF Print E-mail

By Michael Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
A public hearing held to increase awareness and support for a Cass County water line extension project met enthusiasm last Tuesday at the Sangamon Valley Township Hall. Members of the Cass Rural Water District board attended to explain the project to potential customers and answer their questions. According to CRWD board member Laymon Carter, roughly one-third of the homeowners in the affected areas of the Sangamon Valley Township were in attendance. When the one hour meeting came to end, all those present signed up to get water from the proposed extension and pay a $250 fee up front. Another $250 will come due at construction.

 
Artist invited to Art in the Park

Beardstown Main Street is preparing for their first Beardstown  “Arts in the Park,” which will be held Saturday, May 10 in the city square, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be street painting. Main Street will be selling 6’x6’ sections of Third Street to organizations, businesses, families and anyone who would like to participate. The cost will be $35 per square, with no more than six people painting per square. The fee is to pay for the paint and supplies, Any additional monies received will be donated to the Beardstown Swimming Pool Fund.
Throughout the day there will be live music in the bandstand, food and plenty of art for sale. There will also be face painting for the kids and artists will be demonstrating their work.
Contact Megan Zimny at 217-491-1715, if you are interested in or know someone who is interested in exhibiting their work.

 
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.

 
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