August 23, 2014

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A-C Central teacher blasts ‘bully tactics’

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
Efforts to consolidate the A-C Central and PORTA school districts are over for the time being, but hard feelings generated leading up to the March 18 vote, in which A-C voters rejected the effort, may linger for a while. A-C teacher Carrie Jo Donnan took aim at the tactics of A-C First, a group opposed to consolidation that included members of the A-C Central board, during the March 26 meeting of the board. Donnan took issue with A-C First’s claim that the A-C Central Education Association supported the consolidation effort with PORTA only because its members would get higher wages. She called these claims and others “bully tactics.”
Donnan severely criticized a statement that appeared on an A-C first mass mailer the week before the vote which read, “Promises are like babies-easy to make but hard to deliver.” Donnan called this statement “obscene,” “inappropriate,” and “distasteful.”

 
One dead in weekend fire on Star Lane

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
A Beardstown man is dead after a fire that occurred early Sunday morning.

 
Christ in the Passover

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia invites all to hear a presentation given by Jews for Jesus on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00 PM. The topic will be Christ in the Passover with a Model Seder, including a potluck supper.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  Table service will be provided.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
Chamber to offer tax assistance

The Beardstown Chamber of Commerce is offering a free tax assistance program for residents of Beardstown who meet the following criteria: total income must not exceed $25,000 unless 60 years or older (Social Security does not apply); individuals must occupy a Beardstown address; individuals cannot have rental property or self-employment activities.
Appointments are available on Friday, February 7, Friday, February 21, and Friday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. To schedule an appointment, call the Beardstown Chamber of Commerce at 323-3271.

 
National 4-H week off to a great start

By Beth Warden
Club Reporter
River Valley 4-H club is off to a busy start of the 4-H year. The club held a kickoff meeting in September, electing officers for the present 4-H year. Our new officers are: president- Emma Bennett, vice president- Britta Wubker, treasurer- Landon Wubker, secretary- Lydia Davidsmeier, and reporter- Beth Warden.

 
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