April 20, 2014
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City of Beardstown Attorney tenders resignation

City of Beardstown Attorney, Luke A Thomas, has tendered his resignation to the Mayor and City Council, effective March 10, 2014. Attorney Thomas indicated in his resignation that he was very grateful for having had the opportunity to represent the community in which he works, has lived, and in which many of his family members and employees continue to reside. Read next week's Cass County Star-Gazette for full story.

Seven years for Depot burglar
Written by Michael Kloppenburg   

By Michael Kloppenburg
The Ashland man who pleaded guilty in January to burglarizing the Depot Restaurant was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday. Gregory T. Hagen, 31, was sentenced on a burglary charge in the Depot break-in as well as a residential burglary charge and theft over $500 charge that stemmed from a separate incident.

An organizational meeting for the Beardstown Tiger nation Booster Club

An organizational meeting for the Beardstown Tiger nation Booster Club was held March 4th in the Beardstown Middle/High School auditorium.The newly-formed club is the result of recent cuts at the Beardstown Board of Education meeting held February 27th. The Board cut all middle school sports, high school clubs and organizations, high school assistant coaches, along with several other items. Brittney Taylor led the meeting and emphasized that she, along with Michele Quigley, Cathy Gibson and Amanda Baer were not to be considered officers, but were willing to help get the club organized. Also helping to organize the new club are Jason Brockschmidt, Josh Sorrells and Kim Watson.The first fund-raiser is set for an all day benefit to be held April 26 at the Round house. Several committees were formed to begin planning the events throughout the day. Many volunteers are still needed for all committees.The club is also selling t-shirts. The next meeting for the new club will be announced at a later date!

Consolidation discussed at A-C School Board meeting

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter

The debate over consolidation reached the A-C Central board room during the board’s meeting last week. Up until now, the board members have said little about the subject at recent meetings, preferring to convey their opinions through written statements. But with the decision going to the voters in less than a month, opinions were now expressed at the meeting.
Board member Dan Cuba spoke first, asserting PORTA is still on shaky financial ground and that PORTA had only solved their issues with the Illinois State Board of Education by borrowing $3 million.
Ashland resident Jennifer Fanning said she wanted an Ashland that residents could be proud of and said consolidation was a sure way to make sure that never happens.
“We will give away our town, kids, and future,” said Fanning on consolidation.

CUSD 15 wrestles with deep cuts

By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette

Last Monday's budget meeting for the Beardstown school district resembled a press conference in the losing locker room after the Super Bowl. There were a lot of heads down, hands wringing, even a little finger pointing as district officials wrestle with another round of cuts.