April 20, 2014
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Emblem Club to launch Angel Tree

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Believing that no child should be forgotten at Christmas, members of Beardstown Emblem Club No. 474 will launch their annual Angel Tree this Friday.
The Emblem Club’s Angel tree program brightens the lives of children who may otherwise have no gifts to open. Beginning tomorrow, Angel Trees will be located in the lobbies of Beardstown Savings, First National Bank of Beardstown and West Central Bank.

Beardstown United Way 2014 Campaign

Blanche Chipman, Executive Director, and the Board of Directors of the Beardstown United Way, have announced the beginning of the 2014 campaign drive.
Live United! is the slogan for the United Way’s 2014 campaign which is presently underway. The goal for this year has been set at $164,700.00.

Groom stabbed at wedding reception

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
A wedding reception turned ugly Saturday night when an assailant stabbed the groom, sending the victim to Passavant Area Hospital In Jacksonville and the alleged assailant to jail.

Marty Marion’s Chandlerville property sold

By Bill Beard
For the Star-Gazette
After 46 years as a family getaway, the heirs of St. Louis Cardinals great Marty Marion have sold the 276.56-acre property. Sullivan Auctioneers held the auction at 4 p.m., Saturday, November 2 in St. Luke’s Banquet Hall in Virginia. Dick McCormick of Central Illinois Outfitters (CIO) in Springfield., purchased the property, which includes a fine home and 28-acre lake, for $1,440,222, or $5,222 per acre. The ground is 3.5 miles south of Chandlerville, on the Philadelphia Road, and within a half-mile of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area (JEPCSFW).

Hunter's day with Walmart Heart

By June Conner
For the Star-Gazette
Thirteen-year-old Hunter Spurgeon of Beardstown was a proud girl on Saturday, November 2, when seven Walmart semi trucks and trailers lined up to parade Hunter out to Walmart after going to the Beardstown Middle School and picking up friends.
Heading the caravan was a Beardstown police car and fire truck. Making the trip for Hunter special was the fact that she rode in the front truck driven by her paternal grandfather, Joe Spurgeon, a Walmart driver from Oakland City, Indiana.