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7th Annual Taste of Beardstown

Seventeen vendors have committed to selling samples of their unique offerings at ‘A Taste of Beardstown’ on the city square, Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlighted by Beardstown’s diverse variety of traditional, home style and ethnic cuisine, local vendors with their wide variety of local cuisine, some new to the event this year, will provide an array of samples.
Cass Communications, West Central Bank, First National Bank of Beardstown, E. H. Taylor Clinic, D & D Enterprises of Illinois, The Cass County Star-Gazette, The Kitchen & Floor Shoppe, L. B. Sports Productions and The City of Beardstown have joined with Beardstown Main Street to sponsor  the  afternoon of fine food and entertainment.

Water meters spark high citizen turnout at city council meeting
Written by Sandra Haschemeyer   
Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:20 AM | Updated ( Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:26 AM )

At Tuesday night’s Beardstown City Council meeting, there was an uncharacteristically high citizen turnout which appeared to be — at least in part — due to the new water ordinance which went into effect Aug. 1.
Citizens who voiced their opinions during public discussion were concerned about what may happen if a residence had a leak and also about the accuracy of the water meters...

For the rest of this story, please see the August 7, 2014 edition of the Cass County Star Gazette or subscribe to the e-Edition.

Allen’s Market owner dies; store will remain open
Written by Sandra Haschemeyer   
Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:07 AM | Updated ( Monday, August 11, 2014 9:30 AM )

The owner of Allen’s Market, Harold Allen, passed away suddenly on Monday. Despite a somber mood at the store, it is expected to remain open for the time being.
“We’re still here. We’re still going,” said manager Daniel Meyer.
But Meyer said employees were still coming to terms with events.
“Everyone’s pretty shaken up,” said Meyer, “Everybody’s in shock.”
Meyer also spoke on what Allen meant to the store.
“He’s everything to the store, he’s the heart and soul,” said Meyer. “He’s the smiling face around the counter. We are glad to have a boss like him.”
Meyer said he has spoken with Allen’s children about the future of Allen’s Market. While he did not know about long-term plans, the store would not shut down in the near-term.

2015 We Call It Home Wall calendar contest

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St. Jude’s Benefit raises more than $53,000

Once again the Saddle-Up for St. Jude's Benefit has hit a record high. The 14th annual event, held June 13-14, raised $53,500 for the children’s research hospital in Memphis.
"It just keeps growing," said Roger Landon of Chandlerville who with his wife, Jeannie, coordinate the event held at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek horse park. Last year the benefit raised $46,000 and the previous year it was $42,000.
This year's event had 150 riders and an attendance of approximately 400 people.
The event started Friday, June 13, with sales of raffle tickets, Saddle-Up t-shirts, and sponsorship tickets. Dinner was prepared by Don Dorsey and David Eyrse and music was provided by Burr Smith, Rusty Barr and the Good Ole Boys.