April 20, 2014
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Local teen state finalist in Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageant

Jeannie Large, 13, of Beardstown, has been chosen as a state finalist to participate in the 2014 Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageant in the 13-15 year old division. The daughter of Aaron and Christy Smykal and Troy Large, Jeannie will compete in the state pageant Aug. 2-3 in St. Charles.

Cass County Food Pantry receives anonymous donation of $2,500

An anonymous donor chose the Cass County Food Pantry to receive a check for $2,500 to assist feeding the hungry in Cass County. The Cass County Food Pantry will use this entire dollar amount to purchase food for families in need.
The donor, in Cass County, has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organization.

Village of Chandlerville joins IPWMAN

By Lynne Beard
For the Star-Gazette
Roger Lauder, Emergency Services Disaster Coordinator for Cass County, spoke to the board on February 12 on joining Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN).
Chandlerville would have access to statewide manpower, resources, and equipment for 5 days at no charge for man-made or natural disasters. The premise is based on neighbor helping neighbor. The cost to the village is $25 per year. Mr. Lauder said, “It is harder to get a federal declaration. This program is a godsend for smaller communities.” The board received an informational packet and decided to join the network.

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.

CRWD selects engineer for projects

By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
The Cass Rural Water District board has selected an engineering firm for its water line extension project in Sangamon Valley Township.
The board selected Heneghan and Associates, a Jerseyville based firm, at their regular meeting on Tuesday night following a day of interviews with potential candidates for the job the previous day.