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ILRHA, Western Horse Show pay tribute to Arenzville man

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette Editor
He has been described as the “consummate cowboy.”
The late Wilbur “Webb” Parlier of Arenzville was recognized Sunday during the Western Horse Show held at the Coliseum on the state fairgrounds.
Parlier, 76, who died May 26, has been associated with the Illinois State Fair Western Horse Show for almost 50 years, serving as manager of the show for 37 years.
“He was a true cowboy at heart,” said Joel Werling, president of the Illinois Reining Horse Association (ILRHA). “He enjoyed teaching kids... and he had a passion for rodeos.
“He just made riders feel at ease,” Werling added, particularly novice riders.

 
Forecast for hot cars and cool music

The forecast is for hot cars, cool music and even cooler prizes.
The 6th annual Cruise Night On The Square will be presented Saturday, July 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the Beardstown City Square.  Cruise Night will feature cars and motorcycles available for viewing around the square in downtown Beardstown.

 
CRWD extends reduced hookup fee
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By Michael Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
The Cass Rural Water District Board voted to extend a reduced water service hookup fee of $1,250 until the end of the year during its July 8 meeting.
The reduced fee was introduced earlier this year to encourage potential customers on CRWD’s water line extension project in Sangamon Valley Township. The fee would normally be $2,500. The board will revisit the reduced fee at the end of the year and discuss the possibility of making it permanent.

 
Virginia City Council considers city plan

By Michael Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
The first reading for the adoption of a comprehensive city plan was held at the Virginia City Council meeting on Monday. The plan is intended to help business development in the city’s Tax Increment Financing District.
However, there was also discussion of also allowing business development on Main and Beardstown Streets. Treaurer Kevin Velten, speaking as a citizen rather than in his official capacity, said he would be against such development on Beardstown Street. He said he would be worried that businesses might reduce the value of nearby residential properties.

 
2014 Cass County Fair royalty chosen

The queen contest was held Tuesday at the Cass County Fair.
The 2014 Miss Cass County is Audrey Brauer of Oakford and the 2014 4-H Queen is Carlee Critchelow of Chandlerville.
Thursday’s fair events will include a beef breeding show at 10:30 a.m., a steer show at 1 p.m., livestock judging workshop at 3 p.m., and kids’ games at 7 p.m.
A market swine show will kick off activities on Friday at 8 a.m. The DeWayne Sweatman Super Showmanship Shootout will be held at 3 p.m. with the Cass County talent contest at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s events will feature the awards presentation at 9:30 a.m., and the antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.

 
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