April 23, 2014
Local Columnists
Speaking from my soapbox

My soapbox this week is a double-decker. I wonder how many of you watched the President’s speech last week? I wasn’t going to, but it was on most all of the stations and on the one I watch the most. I just left it on and picked up a book I had been reading about the end of the Civil War.

Hints and tricks to help during cold weather

If we didn’t have the weather to talk about, what  would it be? I have some hints and tricks to share with you this week so you won’t get too bored if you have to stay in out of the bitter cold.
Let’s talk about eating good and what is good for you. There is lots of talk about organic now, and I certainly agree.
If you can peel it, buy conventional. You’re tossing the peel, which is exposed to the most chemicals.
Don’t buy bagged organics, you’re paying for pre-chopping which you can do cheaper yourself.
Buy store-brand dairy. It’s half the price of USDA organic, and many chains only buy from farmers who pledge to avoid artificial growth hormones.

Everything changed for the worse in 1982

Like most industries, Schultz, Baujan & Company struggled through the Great Depression. Prosperity began to return in the late 1930s with the sales records being set during the World War II years.
The post-war years brought massive change to the nation and the milling industry was not exempted. A wave of milling industry consolidations swept across the country. Employees and townspeople alike nervously wondered whether Schultz, Baujan & Company would be a buyer or would be bought. The answer came in 1953 when Colorado Milling & Elevator acquired the firm, changing the name to Beardstown Mills Co.

Gone but not forgotten: Remembering Bill Beard

By Jody Woltman
Former Star-Gazette
I was deeply saddened to learn that Bill Beard died on Friday, January 24, 2014. I spent the day on Saturday thinking of how Bill impacted my life and I have to pen a few comments about him. Not as brilliantly or poetic as he would, mind you, but words dedicated to him.

Another successful fundraiser

The Cass County Food Pantry was once again blessed with a great fundraiser. It was the Annual Fried Chicken Dinner held at the Depot Restaurant in Virginia. Kelly and Pat Cagle did an outstanding job of hosting the event again.

Pool lawsuit goes all the way to Supreme Court

AL DICK ET AL VS  ROY ROBERTS ET AL. That was the way it was printed, over and over again, as the law suit progressed.
The Roberts family was led to believe that everyone who lived in the country disliked Roy Roberts. They began to receive letters in the mail: “Why don’t you move to town?” and “How would you like to have your barn burned?” They were unsigned letters of course, but there were a few nights that it wasn’t easy for his wife and he to go to sleep.

Stare at power bill to warm up

Greetings from the Ridge.
I thought I had reached the age when nothing could really shock me. Earthquakes, terrorist attacks, reality TV. . . nothing short of the Second Coming could raise an eyebrow. Then I opened our lastest power bill. Holy killowatt.
Herb’s mouth was equally agape. He said, “Freida, that’s more than we paid for our first car.”
“Herb, that’s more than we paid for our first two cars…and our first cow.”
TV weathermen are amateurs. If you want a real and accurate forecast then watch the rate hikes announced by the power companies. They never miss a record-breaking heat or cold wave.

Schultz, Baujan & Company: an industry giant

A year after Thomas Beard and Enoch March platted the original town, Beard did a little boasting in a letter to his father: “We now have three large stores and a steam flour mill capable of producing 75 barrels of flour a day.” From that beginning, Beardstown would grow to international fame as a miller.

Garden feels the chill

I hope last week’s column wasn’t too confusing. It was two weeks old, because it hadn’t gotten in, so I told them to go ahead and use it. Sorry.
It looks like by the time you read this, your wee buns will be a-freezin’ again. When will this end or is it the sign of the future? After paying heating and fuel bills of one thousand dollars this month, it can’t keep up too long for me. I’m already shutting off rooms, and wearing my sweatshirt, jacket and stocking cap in the evening. I don’t mind doing that, but wonder about other people and how they are coping.

Communities need to create economic development opportunities

Wayne "the Train" Hancock rolled into Virginia Sunday to perform at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe and the turnout was incredible. His tour stops include cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Urbana; Austin, Texas and then there is Virginia. His music is amazing and everyone has a good time but more than that, this sounds like an economic development opportunity.