April 18, 2014
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Local teen state finalist in Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageant

Jeannie Large, 13, of Beardstown, has been chosen as a state finalist to participate in the 2014 Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageant in the 13-15 year old division. The daughter of Aaron and Christy Smykal and Troy Large, Jeannie will compete in the state pageant Aug. 2-3 in St. Charles.

 
Cass County Food Pantry receives anonymous donation of $2,500

An anonymous donor chose the Cass County Food Pantry to receive a check for $2,500 to assist feeding the hungry in Cass County. The Cass County Food Pantry will use this entire dollar amount to purchase food for families in need.
The donor, in Cass County, has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organization.

 
Village of Chandlerville joins IPWMAN

By Lynne Beard
For the Star-Gazette
Roger Lauder, Emergency Services Disaster Coordinator for Cass County, spoke to the board on February 12 on joining Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN).
Chandlerville would have access to statewide manpower, resources, and equipment for 5 days at no charge for man-made or natural disasters. The premise is based on neighbor helping neighbor. The cost to the village is $25 per year. Mr. Lauder said, “It is harder to get a federal declaration. This program is a godsend for smaller communities.” The board received an informational packet and decided to join the network.

 
Warmer weather benefits Virginia’s school construction

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Cautious optimism was the order of the day as the Virginia School Board reviewed the progress report on the new junior/senior high school building at its March 17 meeting.
Rick Horner of Holland Construction Services, the project management firm, said more favorable weather conditions are allowing workers to begin to make up some of the 57 days lost to weather delays. The project is scheduled for completion on Aug. 25.

 
CRWD selects engineer for projects

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
The Cass Rural Water District board has selected an engineering firm for its water line extension project in Sangamon Valley Township.
The board selected Heneghan and Associates, a Jerseyville based firm, at their regular meeting on Tuesday night following a day of interviews with potential candidates for the job the previous day.

 
Staake sentenced to 18 years for second degree murder

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
Twenty-two-year-old Jared Staake of Beardstown, convicted in January of second degee murder, was sentenced 18 years to the Illinois Department of Corrections Thursday, March 13, in Schuyler County. Staake was convicted Jan. 16 of stabbing Michael Box, 33, of Dyersburg, TN., on July 2, 2013 at the Schuyler County fairgrounds, leading to his death from septic shock two days later.
Judge Alesia McMillen rendered the sentence after hearing state witnesses, remarks by the defendant and reviewing the pre-sentencing report. Although the defense had asked for no more than 10 years, Judge McMillen said that it has to be a serious sentence.
“I don’t think 10 years is appropriate,” she said.

 
Mike Wikens guest speaker at Chamber membership dinner

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
Mike Wikens, site superintendent of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, was the keynote speaker at the annual Beardstown Chamber of Commerce membership dinner held Thursday, March 13, at the Elks Club.
Panther Creek is a popular recreation area, one that is right in our own backyard. The site has over 800,000 visitors per year, numbers which have steadily grown, Wikens said, There were 695,544 visitors in 2011, 760,310 in 2012, and 801,645 in 2013.

 
March 18 Primary Election Results

The Cass County March 18, 2014 General Primary Election non-official results:
United State Senator: Rebublican candidates: Jim Oberweis 675 votes; Douglas Truax. Democrat candidate: Richard Durbin 978 votes.
Democrat Govenor candidates: Patrick Quinn 455 votes: Tio Hardiman 496 votes.
Republican Govenor Candidates: Bill Brady Dan Rutherford; Kirk Dillard 677 votes; Bruce Rauner.
Attorney General: Democrat candidate?Lisa Madigan 980 votes. Republican Paul Schimpf 915 votes.
Secretary of State: Republican candidate: Michael Webster 917 votes. Democratic candidate Jesse White 1046 votes.

 
Virginia Cub Scouts combat hunger

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Though America is a land of plenty, hunger is a fact of life faced by 33 million adults and nearly 16 million children including young and old alike in Cass County.
Scouting for Food is an annual service project initiative of the Cub and Boy Scouts meant to help combat the problem of hunger.

 
Staake Sentenced to 18 Years in Second Degree Murder Conviction

Twenty-two-year-old Jared Staake of Beardstown, convicted in January of second degee murder, was sentenced 18 years to the Illinois Department of Corrections Thursday in Schuyler County Court. Staake was convicted Jan. 16 of stabbing Michael Box, 33, of Dyersburg, TN., on July 2, 2013, at the Schuyler County fairgrounds, leading to Box’s death from septic shock two days later.
Judge Alesia McMillen rendered the sentence after hearing state witnesses, remarks by the defendant and reviewing the pre-sentencing report. Although the defense had asked for no more than 10 years, Judge McMillen said that it had to be a serious sentence and did not think 10 years was appropriate.

 
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