After a brief downturn in new cases that saw the county’s name taken off the state’s COVID-19 watch list, 26  new cases reported in the last week have again earned Cass County a spot on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) dubious distinction list. Eleven new cases were reported…
    I’ve talked about Dungeons & Dragons a few times in this column. I’m a huge fan of tabletop role-playing games, and it’s undeniable that D&D is the game that has the biggest piece of the public consciousness--after all, it was the first big tabletop game, it’s still considered one of…
    Have you ever thought back on the parents of your school friends and how they acted or lived? I thought of one today.     I remember my mother and I used to go to their house on 6th Street. I don’t know if we were visiting or if my mother helped her clean. Sometimes my mother did clean or do…
Last week, I was saddened to hear the news one of my boyhood heroes had died. Lou Brock was dead at the age of 81. For those of you who didn’t come of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s and don’t have any clue who Lou Brock was, he was one of the best baseball players of his era, and maybe one of the most…
Dear Editor,     As the 2020 election draws near I would like to encourage everyone to “plan your vote.” As I sit here in my house under quarantine (for the second time), I am reminded of all the daily errands I am not able to run and practical matters that have all of a sudden become complicated.…
    Here is a tip for parents: If you have a child, boy or girl, reaching 3 years old, get them a putter and an indoor putting green, and if they can beat you, get him or her a set of clubs. You will have a good chance of raising another Tiger Woods.     There are some amazing young golfers. Tiger…
    For the past 28-plus years, my wife and I have had the pleasure and privilege of driving near and far in a special piece of living history.     No, I’m not writing about a ’57 Chevy, a ’55 Ford Crown Victoria, or a vintage Thunderbird. Rather, this is about a 1955 Studebaker UltraVista…
By Rev. Jarrett Wells Beardstown First United Methodist Church     I love this time of year! While I am missing high school football, I love the cooling temperatures, the smoky tinge in the air, and the harvest being brought in (even though my allergies don’t particularly like it!). All of it…
    Potpourri—Novak Djokovic’s disqualification at the Men’s Tennis US Open cost him over $267,000, a $20,000 fine for hitting an umpire accidently in the throat, a $7,000 fine for skipping a mandatory news conference, and the loss of $200,000 for his disqualification which cost him a berth in the…
    The Ashland Village Board approved a new building permit with increased fees in a split vote at last week’s village board meeting. The new permit includes demolitions.     Trustees Judy Reiser, Dave McHenry and Brian Rennecker voted for the new permit. Rennecker is the trustee who had taken on…
In this the year of COVID-19, a year that saw an early end to the last school year, and a nervous start for this school year, many school districts established a “safe start” school plan only to find it necessary to review, reassess and re-start the school year. Somehow, though, for the students,…
Dear Editor,     As the 2020 election draws near I would like to encourage everyone to “plan your…
    The Ashland Village Board approved a new building permit with increased fees in a split vote at…
In this the year of COVID-19, a year that saw an early end to the last school year, and a nervous…
After a brief downturn in new cases that saw the county’s name taken off the state’s COVID-19 watch list, 26  new cases reported in the last week have again earned Cass County a spot on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) dubious distinction list.


Effective May 1, 2021 the mayor of the City of Beardstown will have the annual compensation of $17,700 up from the current $16,800. Effective May 1, 2021 the…
    Students in the Meredosia-Chambersburg School District returned to the classroom last Thursday. Classroom school days will run until 2 p.m. each day Monday…
    Todd Burrus, a Cass County 4-H volunteer, has been selected to receive the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Award for his service to the Extension…
    Potpourri—Novak Djokovic’s disqualification at the Men’s Tennis US Open cost him over $267,000, a $20,000 fine for hitting an umpire accidently in the…
Potpourri—Many coaches and those in the know blame Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren for not playing football this season. It appears that Warren is just not…
Potpourri—Malcolm Hill, former Illini standout, signed to play basketball for Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club which plays in the Israel League—B/R score card…
    Diana “Dee” K. Coffey, 69, of Rushville died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at her home. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of…
    Michael Burke Hannant, 37, of New York City, NY, formerly of Rushville, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical…
    Richard Lee Thomas, 79, of Beardstown died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.     He was born July 2, 1941, in…