August 30, 2014

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St. Jude’s Benefit raises more than $53,000

Once again the Saddle-Up for St. Jude's Benefit has hit a record high. The 14th annual event, held June 13-14, raised $53,500 for the children’s research hospital in Memphis.
"It just keeps growing," said Roger Landon of Chandlerville who with his wife, Jeannie, coordinate the event held at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek horse park. Last year the benefit raised $46,000 and the previous year it was $42,000.
This year's event had 150 riders and an attendance of approximately 400 people.
The event started Friday, June 13, with sales of raffle tickets, Saddle-Up t-shirts, and sponsorship tickets. Dinner was prepared by Don Dorsey and David Eyrse and music was provided by Burr Smith, Rusty Barr and the Good Ole Boys.

 
Plans being made for the Chandlerville Burgoo

The schedule is being finalized for the Chandlerville Burgoo to be held Aug. 21-23 and will include two new events.
New this year will be a dog show, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. The event will include three categories: best costume, owner/ dog look-a-likes, and cutest dog. A Best of Show winner will receive a $75 cash prize.

 
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Guide

The 2014-2015 Jim Edgar Panther Creek State and Fish Wildlife Guide is now here in digital form, look for the book at local business soon. Visit our E-Editions link to view this year's guide.

 
Cass County Fair Results

The 2014 Cass County 4-H Fair results

 
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)

 
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.  

 
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