April 24, 2014

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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

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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.

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial co-business of the month

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Congratulations to Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial and their staff for being chosen February Co-Business of the Month.    Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit organization that includes the hospital and three rural health clinics located in Astoria, Beardstown, and Rushville. Their mission is “to provide quality, compassionate care to the communities they serve.” Check out their website, www.cmhosptial.com, for a complete list of patient services, providers, and locations. Also found on the website is information about current events and the history of this long-established institution and its founder, Sarah D. Culbertson.Pictured from left, front row: Lisa Adams, Janey Ford, Lynn Stambaugh, CEO. Back Row: Molly Sorrell, Vicky Reedy, Amanda Wessel, Dan Wise.

Virginia schools spring break shortened

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Virginia’s kids and parents can blame the loss of two spring break days on Old Man Winter.
“We’ve lost five student instruction days,” School Superintendent Brent O’Daniell told the board at its Feb. 18 meeting. O’Daniell stressed that he felt it was imperative to make up as many of those days as possible. Board members were in agreement.

School consolidation supporters hold last informational meeting

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
Finances, taxes, courses, and buildings were again the focus of discussion at the last consolidation informational meeting, which was held at PORTA high school. PORTA’s finances were again discussed with former Committee of Ten co-chair Allen Grosboll. Grosboll said that PORTA has a growing budget surplus. He said PORTA previously had financial difficulties, but the situation had improved. Grosboll has previously said PORTA and A-C Central have similar financial histories and again emphasized that all rural Illinois school districts faced similar problems due to state aid cuts.

Patterson vetoes council action

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
Mayor Steve Patterson has vetoed council action of February 18, allowing Public Works Director Gary Hamilton back pay for work he accomplished under the administration of former Mayor Bob Walters. Hamilton requested a $9,000 stipend for his appointed work as Zoning/Ordinance Officer for 18 months, a position now held by Alex DeSollar.