What started out to be an afternoon of fun in the water  of the Illinois River ended tragically Thursday evening, Aug. 6,  with the drowning deaths of two Beardstown boys. Briston and Jorden Dunmire, ages 15 and 12,  were among a group of people wading and playing on a sandbar at the confluence of…
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has now recorded more than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic first arrived in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there had been 1,834 new confirmed cases of the disease over the…
Virginia- The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 in Cass County Thursday. The positive cases include two females in their teens, a male in his 20s, two females in their 20s, a male in his 30s, and a female in her 30s. Three of the positive cases are part of…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced the release of $46 million in grant funding for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, warned of potential further shutdowns if case counts continue to rise and called widespread use of face…
Cass County’s COVID numbers are not good, leading the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to slap a COVID warning label on us. Only 13 of Illinois’102 counties merit the warning label. Infectious disease experts will tell you a key factor behind our rising COVID cases is the failure of…
After watching the tragic events of last  Thursday night unfold, many thoughts have come to mind, but only one thought has stood out. Only one thought demands action. It’s a pretty simple thought, really. It only requires nine words. “We need river access and we need it NOW!” It’s hard to describe…
    Being quarantined for nearly 6 months, the future looks like it could be another 6 months. Naturally, I don’t like being cooped up, but this isn’t the first time in my life in which I was in quarantine.     In the early 1900s, there were no antibiotics available. If you were cut, there was…
    Perhaps it started with visits to Anderson’s Grocery or watching the Baltimore & Ohio switch freight cars at the elevator. For whatever reason, since childhood I’ve held a special affection for and interest in the little community of Bluff Springs.     A number of years before the 1837…
    The Beardstown Kiwanis Club has announced its 2020 scholarship winners who will each receive $250.     Recipients are Raegan Krumboltz and Grace Krohe.     Raegan is a 2020 Beardstown High School graduate and valedictorian of her class. She is the daughter of Brent and Mindy Krumboltz and will…
By Brian Kenney Beardstown Fire & Police Chaplain       Essential 2: Understanding       James 1:3 – “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”     The second essential for victory over trials is an understanding mind. Our faith is always being tested. Notice the first word in…
Virginia- The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 in Cass…
    Virginia Mayor Reg Brunk urged residents to wear masks for their neighbors at Monday night’s…
With the county’s per capita case rate, and its percentage of positive test results both continuing…
What started out to be an afternoon of fun in the water  of the Illinois River ended tragically Thursday evening, Aug. 6,  with the drowning deaths of two Beardstown boys.


    The Beardstown Kiwanis Club has announced its 2020 scholarship winners who will each receive $250.     Recipients are Raegan Krumboltz and Grace Krohe…
Members of the Beardstown FFA chapter were recognized during the 92nd annual Illinois FFA State Convention, hosted virtually over three weeks this summer. The…
Citing the fact the board was conducting “in person” meetings when the COVID-19 infection rate is significantly higher than it was when the board previously…
    The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has finally come down with the edict that Illinois high schools will play some fall sports this fall, but the…
    The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special meeting on Wednesday, where the board announced its intended plans for the…
    From the worst opening pitch ever – by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 2020 Major League Baseball season will have a different ring then it has ever had before. The…
    Judge Fred William Reither, 96, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Regency Health Care in Springfield on Aug. 10, 2020.     He was born in…
    Jorden Lee Dunmire, 12, of Beardstown, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Beardstown.     He was born July 16, 2008, in Jacksonville, the son of Melika Lee…
    Briston Michael Dunmire, 15, of Beardstown, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Beardstown. He was born Aug. 1, 2005, in Jacksonville, the son of Melika Lee…