April 16, 2014

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New opportunities for Beardstown FFA

The Beardstown FFA Chapter has experienced an active year with many changes and exciting new opportunities.
BHS’s FFA president, secretary, and another member attended the three-day State FFA convention in Springfield over the summer. Conference speakers delivered motivational speeches on leadership and the FFA experience.
The chapter welcomed Sam Frazier as the new FFA advisor and Ag teacher this fall. Mr. Frazier teaches dual-credit agriculture classes at BHS on behalf of Lincoln Land Community College.

Cass County SWCD holds 67th annual meeting

The 67th annual meeting of the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was held February 11 at St. Luke’s Hall in Virginia.
The meeting began with a catered meal from Kelly Cagle of The Depot Restaurant. During the business meeting James Dambacher, Amy Hardwick and John Winkelman were elected for a two-year term on the board of directors.  

CRWD welcomes new secretary, board member

By Michael Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
The Cass Rural Water District board welcomed a new secretary at their monthly meeting last week. Eric Hays replaced Rich Logsdon as secretary. Logsdon then became the board’s newest member. Board member Laymon Carter touted Hays’ ability in his new position.

Ashland water issues plague village board

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
Continuing a theme of the past few months, the Ashland village board’s monthly meeting last week focused on the village’s water issues. The bitter cold winter caused several families to have water leaks in their homes. As a result, those residents have water usage bills much higher than normal. The high bills were reviewed at the meeting.

Here we go again

By David V. Miller
For the Star-Gazette
For those of you wondering if winter is ever going to end……well… not any time soon. Going around Beardstown just three days after Ground Hog’s Day, I myself, was tempted to make a trip to Pennsylvania, to put a hit on that subterranean guinea pig! After a whole night of shoveling to make sure my daughter had a parking space in front of the house when she got off work (Two passes by the snow plows added to my joy… thanks guys) I finally went to bed; only to get up this morning to …. sigh… more of the same. With high wind in the forecast accompanied by plummeting temperatures, we have plenty more to “look forward to” over the next few days. That said, I decided to make it my mission, following the latest snowstorms, to find the silver lining in our ever-growing pile of white, lumpy rain. So I tried to think back to the worst snow I could remember. I didn’t have to think about it for very long.
I was a boy in the winter of 1978 (yeah, old guy) and living in the little town of Keithsburg, when the snow was so heavy that my father and I were on the roof of our house with snow shovels to prevent it collapsing. It was so deep and drifted so high, that I had to dig a trench to my dog’s house to free him from the drift that had effectively buried him alive. Snows fell that year in such amounts that air drops had to be made to farm families who were stranded in their homes. Travel was confined on most roads to only one lane of traffic and travelling on that was tedious at best. I remember walls of snow so high that it was like driving down a long white tunnel that seemed to have no end. In the spring of that year there was still snow on the ground all the way into May. With that in mind, as I threw shovel after shovel of snow into an ever-growing pile, this didn’t seem all that bad.
So before you curse the plows for filling your driveway yet again and before you blame the weather man for the upcoming forecast, remember, it could always be worse and remember; it all has to melt at some point. There’s your silver lining.

Team Knipmeyer co-business of the month

Congratulations to Team Knipmeyer and their staff for being chosen February 2014 Co-Business of the Month. Team Knipmeyer is a used car service and sales dealership, located at 205 East 4th Street in Beardstown. The business is owned and operated by Steve Knipmeyer and has been in business in the Beardstown community since 1986. Pictured is Steve Knipmeyer.

Ordinance explains street naming and house numbering system

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
Beardstown City Council members have voiced concerns regarding residents and building owners need to make sure proper numbering on their property is complete.
The need for buildings and homes to be numbered correctly will assure that emergency vehicles can locate addresses.

Virginia Council hears benefits of mutual aid network

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
At a net cost of just $25, Virginia’s City Council on Monday evening learned it can become a member of a unique statewide response and recovery assistance network.
Cass County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) Director Roger Lauder invited the city to join the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN).
Founded in 2009, IPWMAN has grown to include more than 150 members, including Cass County, Arenzville, four of the county’s townships and numerous others in Central Illinois.

Beardstown family sues ICE and Beardstown Police Department

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
A Beardstown family believes they were assaulted by local authorities and have taken it to another step by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Springfield.The lawsuit is against Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Dwayne Haferkamp, former Police Chief Tom Schlueter, and other officers.

Virginia’s Square One will usher in spring on Feb. 22

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Spring will be in the air on Saturday, Feb. 22, when Virginia’s Square One hosts a special BBQ rib benefit dinner, raffle drawing and silent auction at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe in downtown Virginia.
Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the Byus Building that once housed the Ben Franklin dime store into a 4,800 square foot community center. Total cost is expected to be $200,000.