With little fanfare and hundreds of union and contract workers lining the safety rail, the Motor Vessel Thomas Kennedy made its way through the open downstream gate of the LaGrange Lock and officially became the first vessel to transit the renovated, upgraded facility. The Kennedy’s passage through…
As I said last week, The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorite horror properties of all time. Naturally, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its spiritual sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Since its release last week, I’ve eagerly dug into Bly; here’s how I feel it stacks up to its predecessor.…
    Trick or treat will be held in Chandlerville from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Chandlerville Village Board, it was noted that residents who are willing to participate should have their front lights on. There will be a Halloween parade on Sunday, Oct. 25,…
    The Ashland Village Board during last week’s meeting discussed this year’s trick-or-treat schedule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Kitty Mau said she had received multiple inquiries about this. After discussion, the board decided to stick with the hours in the village ordinance. These…
When a special meeting of the Beardstown School Board was called to order at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14, a time limit on this meeting’s proceedings was clearly set. It would end at 6:50 p.m. At the meeting’s end, the board issued a directive to its administration, giving the administrators one week to…
    As long as I have known ballparks, there have been concession stands, and I know that every time I’ve been to a big-league baseball game, I’ve always wanted a hot dog, nachos, and a Coke, and that was better than a steak dinner at the Ritz.  Here we are, World Series time, and our own kitchen…
    In 1922 the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October as Fire Prevention Week in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire. Later, October was designated Fire Prevention Month.     While the Great Chicago Fire continues to receive considerable attention (Mrs. O’Leary and…
What is it about the human condition that leads us to develop strong attachment to things? For some, those “things” once belonged to a mom, or a dad, grandparent or great-grandparent. We often form attachments to some things that seem as insignificant as a thimble or a pocket knife, things made…
    News from the Cass County Courthouse: Divorces     Fredrick M. Blankenship from Karen Sue Blankenship.     Jessica Hay from Tamora Hay.     Kristina Deanne Scego-Gibson from Yasia George Gibson.     Brittany Nicole McFadden from Shawn Michael McFadden. Marriage Licenses     Robert Jacob Gardner…
    Enrique Rios, 54, of Beardstown was ticketed Oct. 11 for theft lost/mislaid property under $500. He was given notice to appear.     Arsene Domingedi Lutangu, 28, of Beardstown was arrested Oct. 12 for aggravated battery and lodged in the Morgan County jail.     Adam Swingle, 34, of Beardstown…
    Beardstown Middle School had two runners place in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State sectional run. Darren Lopez placed 5th in the meet, with running mate Joel Sosa placing 7th in the boys’ division. Both runners ran a personal best along with Marcos Lopez, Jason Gill, Luis…
    Trick or treat will be held in Chandlerville from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. During the…
When a special meeting of the Beardstown School Board was called to order at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14, a…
    The Virginia Community Unit School District 64 Board of Education Monday night discussed its…
With little fanfare and hundreds of union and contract workers lining the safety rail, the Motor Vessel Thomas Kennedy made its way through the open downstream gate of the LaGrange Lock and officially became the first vessel to transit the renovated, upgraded facility.


    The Ashland Village Board during last week’s meeting discussed this year’s trick-or-treat schedule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Kitty Mau said…
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers may soon consider legislation to lower the state’s compulsory attendance law to…
I never cease to be amazed at the human mind, and the things it can do. Now for those who may question whether or not I actually have a mind,  I can say I have…
    Beardstown Middle School had two runners place in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State sectional run. Darren Lopez placed 5th in the…
    Potpourri—Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden has been released from the hospital after he contracted COVID-19; Bowden is 91—The Los Angeles Angels have given Tony…
    Potpourri—Greg Sankey, SEC Conference commissioner, is threatening schools with $100,000 fines with players’ and coaches’  suspensions for not wearing…
    Herschel L. Anderson, 86, of Beardstown died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 at Rushville Nursing and Rehab.     He was born Oct. 15, 1934, in Beardstown, the son of…
    Frances E. “Susie” Hish, 92, of Beardstown died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at her home.     She was born July 29, 1928, in Beardstown, the daughter of Harry…
    Betty A. Lippert, 88, of Beardstown died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 at Heritage Health in Beardstown.     She was born Aug. 10, 1932, in Beardstown, the…