Virginia- Although no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cass County Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health has once again identified Cass as a warning county based on IDPH metrics. Those statistics suggest higher risk of community spread at gatherings and events where social…
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers may soon consider legislation to lower the state’s compulsory attendance law to include 5-year-olds, a measure advocates see as a way to expand access to early childhood education opportunities, especially among Black and low-…
By PETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois      SPRINGFIELD – Federally Qualified Health Centers in Illinois and other health facilities that have been on the front lines in the state’s battle against COVID-19 are in line to receive $140 million in grants to help them maintain operations.      Gov. JB…
    Ronald D. Harris, 61, of Virginia died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.     He was born June 15, 1959, in Beardstown, the son of Vernon D. “Bernie” and Marlene A. Bateman Harris.     He is survived by two nephews and one niece, Michael R.D. (Nicole) Harris of…
By JERRY NOWICKI , Capitol News Illinois      SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have jumped sharply, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, while the number of continued unemployment claims in the state increased from the week prior.     …
    It’s funny--when it comes to video games, I don’t often talk about Mario. I suppose I feel it just goes without saying that I’m a fan; I mean, in the pantheon of gaming icons, is there anyone more well-known and beloved than Nintendo’s plumber mascot?     There’s something wonderful about Mario…
    Potpourri—Robbie Howard, BHS head football coach and athletic director, was among one of the hundreds who gathered at the steps of the Illinois Capitol Building last Saturday to show their support – which included fans, coaches, ADs, administrators and players who united together to show Gov.…
    Did you get your blankets out? We’ll still have Indian summer when the white cobwebs float through the air. You’ll be raking up piles of leaves and smelling smoke in the air – not that you don’t smell it now, all the way from California. What a weird year we have been experiencing.     I don’t…
By Rev. Jarrett Wells Beardstown First United Methodist Church     Lately, I’ve been doing lots of thinking about prayer and how I pray. As I reflected upon how I approach God and what I pray about, I realized that many of my prayers focused upon myself. Don’t get me wrong – I was still praying for…
    Like it or not, the coronavirus is still with us and it is still affecting us. Our schools are once again at the forefront of that conflict as teachers’ ability to cope with the demands heaped upon them are pushed to the limits.     As summer neared its end, people were assailed by chants on…
It was in 1935 when I was a 13-year-old that a man named James Carnahan, a 1926 BHS graduate who lettered and was a star in four sports, came back to Beardstown after coaching in Normal, Illinois, and became a teacher and coach at the Beardstown Junior High School. Jim was an organizer and…
    The challenges of remote instruction were among the topics that school administrators and…
    The Ordinance Committee of the Beardstown City Council, which met Sept. 16, will move forward…
JBS, the Beardstown area’s largest employer, has made a substantial contribution to the City of…
    Virginia- Although no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cass County Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health has once again identified Cass as a warning county based on IDPH metrics.


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…
    After a period of remote learning due to COVID quarantines amongst district staff, A-C students have returned to class. At last Wednesday’s meeting of the…
    Potpourri—Robbie Howard, BHS head football coach and athletic director, was among one of the hundreds who gathered at the steps of the Illinois Capitol…
    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…
    Ronald D. Harris, 61, of Virginia died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.     He was born June 15, 1959, in Beardstown,…
    Jim Patterson, 67, of Beardstown passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at his home.     He was born Feb. 16, 1953, in Beardstown, the son of Robert E. “Pat”…
    Dennis K. “Panama” Taber, 67, of Rushville died at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.     Cremation has been…