April 24, 2014

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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.

Beardstown yard waste limit goes into effect

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
Yard waste pickup will start March 31, but beginning this year will be limited to six bags per household each pickup week. During a meeting of the Beardstown City Council’s committee as a whole on March 18, public works director Gary Hamilton said the limit was enacted because some households would have as many as two to three truckloads of waste and when this happened the crews did not have enough time to complete the pickup route. The ordinance setting a limit was approved last fall.

New Healthcare deadline goes into effect March 31

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter

With the end of the month healthcare enrollment deadline just a few days away, the window for uninsured persons to sign up for health insurance and avoid a tax penalty is quickly closing. To provide further access for people needing assistance before Monday’s deadline, the Get Covered Illinois call center is extending its call hours. They are currently 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. but the call center closing time will be extended to midnight on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In Illinois, customers can still find information at getcoveredillinois.gov. Illinois is also one of the states that opted for expanded Medicaid coverage.