April 24, 2014

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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.

Canter Family Dental is March Co-Business of the Month

Canter Family Dental, Inc. and their staff were chosen March Co-Business of the Month. The Canter’s opened their practice in Beardstown in 1992. They moved to their present location 18 months ago.
The “old Beardstown clinic” went through a six-month renovation and now has a new look and nine operatories to accommodate patient growth.
Dr. Canter accepts most insurance plans, including Delta Dental. The doctor and staff attend several continuing education classes each year in order to stay current with changes in dentistry, safety practices, and HIPAA. Canter Family Dental is accepting new patients and are located at 507 Washington Street. Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.