April 25, 2014

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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.

Decimal point creates conflict

The swimming pool election was a success, 1,188 to 627, but there was opposition as was taken from a page in the Beardstown Park District History:
This is a personal story regarding the friendship of Alford Dick and Roy Roberts, yet it also includes a big part of the history of the Beardstown Park District History.

The Deep Freeze of 2014

Greetings from the Ridge.
I was reading a brochure on our church’s upcoming couples’ retreat when the lights went out. We all have our stories of the Deep Freeze of 2014, and the fact that I’m alive puts me ahead of most folks, I suppose. But in spite of living in the 21st Century with the advantages of cordless vacuum cleaners and four-ply bathroom tissue, Mother Nature can still send us back to the Ice Age in the blink of an eye or the snap of a power line.

Cold temps make planting decisions difficult

I’m begining to wonder if I read the Farmers Almanac wrong. What’s with this snowy, cold-cold, winter weather we’re having? My son and I were discussing it, and he couldn’t remember these kind of temps. Of course he doesn’t, I don’t even remember any thing this cold. On the morning show I believe they had 1904 as the last temps this low. That would be the year before my Mother was born. That’s a longtime ago for sure.
Since the two youngest boys work outside, it’s putting a damper on their working, and that's not good on the old purse strings.

Rebirth of an Illinois treasure

Standing in the center of downtown Springfield is a building that once heard the voices of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, Richard Yates and many others.
Sangamon County acquired the Old State Capitol building to serve as its county courthouse after the state moved out in 1876. Over the years, the county made significant changes to the building’s interior. In 1899, the county began construction of a new first floor. This would significantly alter the building’s appearance.