April 18, 2014

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City of Beardstown Attorney tenders resignation

City of Beardstown Attorney, Luke A Thomas, has tendered his resignation to the Mayor and City Council, effective March 10, 2014. Attorney Thomas indicated in his resignation that he was very grateful for having had the opportunity to represent the community in which he works, has lived, and in which many of his family members and employees continue to reside. Read next week's Cass County Star-Gazette for full story.

Seven years for Depot burglar

By Michael Kloppenburg
The Ashland man who pleaded guilty in January to burglarizing the Depot Restaurant was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday. Gregory T. Hagen, 31, was sentenced on a burglary charge in the Depot break-in as well as a residential burglary charge and theft over $500 charge that stemmed from a separate incident.

An organizational meeting for the Beardstown Tiger nation Booster Club

An organizational meeting for the Beardstown Tiger nation Booster Club was held March 4th in the Beardstown Middle/High School auditorium.The newly-formed club is the result of recent cuts at the Beardstown Board of Education meeting held February 27th. The Board cut all middle school sports, high school clubs and organizations, high school assistant coaches, along with several other items. Brittney Taylor led the meeting and emphasized that she, along with Michele Quigley, Cathy Gibson and Amanda Baer were not to be considered officers, but were willing to help get the club organized. Also helping to organize the new club are Jason Brockschmidt, Josh Sorrells and Kim Watson.The first fund-raiser is set for an all day benefit to be held April 26 at the Round house. Several committees were formed to begin planning the events throughout the day. Many volunteers are still needed for all committees.The club is also selling t-shirts. The next meeting for the new club will be announced at a later date!

Consolidation discussed at A-C School Board meeting

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter

The debate over consolidation reached the A-C Central board room during the board’s meeting last week. Up until now, the board members have said little about the subject at recent meetings, preferring to convey their opinions through written statements. But with the decision going to the voters in less than a month, opinions were now expressed at the meeting.
Board member Dan Cuba spoke first, asserting PORTA is still on shaky financial ground and that PORTA had only solved their issues with the Illinois State Board of Education by borrowing $3 million.
Ashland resident Jennifer Fanning said she wanted an Ashland that residents could be proud of and said consolidation was a sure way to make sure that never happens.
“We will give away our town, kids, and future,” said Fanning on consolidation.

CUSD 15 wrestles with deep cuts

By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette

Last Monday's budget meeting for the Beardstown school district resembled a press conference in the losing locker room after the Super Bowl. There were a lot of heads down, hands wringing, even a little finger pointing as district officials wrestle with another round of cuts.

New public hearing on consolidation to be held on March 10 in Ashland

An additional public meeting has been scheduled in Ashland to discuss the proposed school consolidation. Voters will decide on March 18 whether A-C Central and PORTA will consolidate and create a new school district. The fourth and final public meeting to discuss this important issue will be held at 7 p.m. on March 10. The meeting will be held at the St. Augustine's Catholic Hall in Ashland.

Beardstown Main Street donates to Pool Project

Submitted photo
Seventy-six teams of four (304 players), participated and played twelve holes of miniature golf at Beardstown’s pubs and restaurants. The best costume award went to team ‘Putt Putt Pirates’ from Annie’s Sazarac. The players, dressed as pirates, were Wendy McClenning, A.J. Gand, Jessica Lewis and Jordon Snyder.

Beardstown Main Street will donate $2,200 of the $4,400 raised at the Sixth Annual River Rats Golf Classic fundraiser, held on February 22, to the Park District Swimming Pool Project.
Seventy-six teams of four (304 players), participated and played twelve holes of miniature golf at Beardstown’s pubs and restaurants. This is the largest fundraising event for Beardstown Main Street and is held annually on the last Saturday in February.

Beardstown man to run in Boston Marathon

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
Travis Schroll was a multi-sport athlete in high school. The Beardstown High School graduate was a football, basketball, and baseball player in high school; with baseball being his favorite of the three. But it is something he did not get into until after high school that has him on a path to one of the country’s most prestigious endurance races. He began endurance running as part of a college physical fitness class and he has been running ever since. And now he has run himself into the Boston Marathon.

Harold Tyson Progress story correction

In the February 27 Star-Gazette Progress edition, in Harold Tyson’s acknowledgements inside the book, it should have read Harold Fischer and not Bruce Fischer. The Star-Gazette apologizes for this error.

Elks donate to Summer Reading Program

Photo by Julie Bergschnieder/For the Star-Gazette
Representatives of the Beardstown Elks #1007 present a check for $250 to Molly Rice of the Beardstown Houston Memorial Library for the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Jerry Warden, Molly Rice and Jack Hamilton.