April 23, 2014

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Four chosen to compete in Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest

Four A-C Central Jr. High sixth graders were chosen to compete in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest. Winners of the Poster Contest were Maggie Merwin and Kyia Privia. Winners of the Prose Contest were Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan and Kassidy Kirchner. Their projects will be sent in to compete against fifth and sixth graders across the state of Illinois. Pictured L-R: Maggie Merwin, Kyia Privia, J.T. Donnan, Kassidy Kirchner.

BHS selected to participate in 2013-2014 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program

Beardstown High School applied and was selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation and partners to participate in the 2013-2014 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. The statewide safety initiative is designed for teens to educate their peers about driving responsibly in an effort to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries involving teenagers in Illinois.
The high schools statewide selected to participate in this innovative program utilize Ford Motor Company Fund’s nationally recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life program. The selected high schools are equally distributed in seven regions across the state.

Absentee voting in General Primary Election to begin

Michael C. Kirchner, Cass County Clerk, announces that any qualified voter desiring to vote an absentee ballot for the General Primary Election to be held March 18, 2014 may make application to vote, starting February 6, 2014 if:

An open letter to the citizens of Ashland and Chandlerville regarding proposed consolidation

I have agonized over writing this letter regarding the proposed consolidation with PORTA. First, let me state that I am not against consolidation when it becomes absolutely necessary and it is to the advantage of our children. Having made that statement, let me tell you now that it is not absolutely necessary at this time and I see no advantage to the A-C students in this proposed consolidation.

‘Citizens for Kids First’ supports consolidation

A new organization of parents, students, teachers and taxpayers has been formed to work in support of school consolidation. The group will organize support and conduct an education campaign to educate voters about the benefits of A-C Central and PORTA school districts consolidating to create a new school district.

Support appears for Police Department

by June Conner
For The Star-Gazette
There were only voices of support of the Beardstown Police Department and Chief Roy Hurst at the Beardstown City Council meeting and the preceeding  "Committee as a Whole". Friends and family spoke out in support of having two officers on duty during the day, leaving the Chief for administration. Mayor Steve Patterson said that the suggestion was going back to the way the shifts used to be, saving the overtime that had been scheduled.

2014 Beardstown Main Street Shining Star Awards

Beardstown Main Street held it’s Shining Star Awards at a dinner held Saturday at the Elks Club. Categories and winners were selected from a committee of one representative from each of the four Main Street committees, which include Organization, Design, Promotions and Economic Restructuring.

Big Bad Wolf on trial in the Big Bad Musical

Submitted photo
Pictured is the cast of the musical, “The Big Bad Musical,” which will be presented this weekend, Feb. 7, 8 and 9 at the Beardstown Grand Opera House. Productions are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Benny’s Pizza co-business of the month

Congratulations to Benny’s Pizza on being chosen for January 2014 Co-Business of the Month. Benny’s Pizza is a full service restaurant with dine in, pick up, or delivery, located on the corner of 15th and State Street in Beardstown.