Virginia- The Cass County Health Department is reporting 20 new cases of Covid-19 since its last update on Friday.  Over the weekend, CCHD followed up with eight new cases to notify them of their positive results and provide instructions on isolation.  Monday’s results included an additional 12…
     In a bid to help local businesses survive the pandemic, the Ashland Village Board voted last week to cut certain liquor and gaming license fees by 50 percent for 12 months.     The class A liquor license was reduced from $860 to $430. The class A license is the license for bars and other…
    With multiple city officials in COVID quarantine, the Virginia City Council held its January meeting remotely. This is an arrangement for this month only and the council hopes to be able to meet in person next month.     The council discussed amending the city demolition ordinance to attach…
  The Beardstown City Council Tuesday night agreed to enter into a lease with Martin Equipment for a 24-month agreement on a 2021 JD Back Hoe for use by the Public Works Department. The council also voted to purchase an additional in-car camera for the police department. The camera, which carried $…
   Cass County residents age 65 and older may now call the Cass County Health Department and register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.    Seniors 65 and older who call to register will have their names placed on the list to receive the vaccine. Because the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH…
Star-Gazette headlines from July – December 2020 JULY     2nd: COVID-19 outbreak puts Cass County on the map; nursing home outbreak linked to two deaths; IDPH identifies Cass among state’s highest risk counties • CRWD customers under boil order following water line break • Major League baseball is…
    When Steve Quigg started to work in 1975 at Wade and Dowland in Jacksonville, little did he know that he would be the owner of the office supply company when it celebrated its 60th anniversary in business in 2021. But that is the case.     Steve and his wife, Kelly own and operate the office…
    Beardstown School District 15 is in the Hybrid Learning mode, according to Superintendent Ron Gilbert. Students are attending school in person two days a week while other students attend a different two days.  All students are remote on Friday.     Virginia and A-C Central students are…
By Brian Kenney Beardstown Fire and Police Chaplain       For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”…
    Potpourri—Region 3 test positivity averages for COVID-19 has ranged from a high of 8.3 on Jan. 5 to a new low of 6.1 as of Jan. 13. Here are the averages per county in our area as of Jan. 13: Adams-6.0; Brown-1.6; Calhoun-13.6; Cass-6.3; Christian-7.8; Greene-12.2; Hancock-8.7; Jersey-6.5;…
    I watched the baking shows on Saturday. One is from British TV where they do a lot of pastry and decorating. They have about 10 contestants and eliminate them, one at a time. Some of the creations are quite fancy and complicated but I’ve only seen a couple of them break or fall.     Another…
     In a bid to help local businesses survive the pandemic, the Ashland Village Board voted last…
    With multiple city officials in COVID quarantine, the Virginia City Council held its January…
   Cass County residents age 65 and older may now call the Cass County Health Department and…
Virginia- The Cass County Health Department is reporting 20 new cases of Covid-19 since its last update on Friday.  Over the weekend, CCHD followed up with eight new cases to notify them of their positive results and provide instructions on i


  The Beardstown City Council Tuesday night agreed to enter into a lease with Martin Equipment for a 24-month agreement on a 2021 JD Back Hoe for use by the…
Star-Gazette headlines from July – December 2020 JULY     2nd: COVID-19 outbreak puts Cass County on the map; nursing home outbreak linked to two deaths; IDPH…
    When Steve Quigg started to work in 1975 at Wade and Dowland in Jacksonville, little did he know that he would be the owner of the office supply company…
    Potpourri—Region 3 test positivity averages for COVID-19 has ranged from a high of 8.3 on Jan. 5 to a new low of 6.1 as of Jan. 13. Here are the averages…
    Potpourri—Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame (1997) manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, dead at age 93.  Lasorda compiled a 1,591-1,431 record (1970 -1996), won…
    Potpourri—Illini (8-3, 4-1) moved up in the poll rankings to No. 12 with the 66-58 win over Purdue. It would have been a double-digit margin except the O…
    Donald Eugene “Don” Looker, 87, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.        He was born Nov. 8, 1933, in…
    Ms. Betty J. Bowman, 90, of Gulf Breeze, FL and formerly of Beardstown, went to be with her savior the Lord on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021, at Gulf Breeze…
    Althea M. Carls, 85, of rural Arenzville died Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.     She was born Sept. 12, 1935, in Beardstown,…