Virginia- The Cass County Health Department  reported nine new cases of Covid-19 Tuesday.  All new cases have been notified and instructed to isolate at home; close contacts have also been notified and instructed to quarantine.  Cass County’s overall Covid-19 case count is now at 1812. The active…
By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Two more Illinois regions will see COVID-19 mitigations scaled back amid declining positivity numbers, state officials announced Tuesday. The state’s seven-day rolling case positivity rate stood at 4.6 percent Tuesday, the 18th consecutive…
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois    SPRINGFIELD – Two more regions of the state moved to Phase 4 COVID-19 guidelines, meaning five of 11 regions can now allow both indoor dining and organized sports.    Region 1 in northwest Illinois and Region 2 in north-central Illinois each moved to Phase…
    Donald E. “Jake” Crabtree, 88, of Beardstown died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at his home.     He was born Feb. 22, 1932, in Patterson, the son of Ernest and Maude Book Crabtree. He married Mary E. Howard on Feb. 25, 1955, in Alton and she preceded him in death on July 1, 2012.       He is…
By GRACE BARBIC Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – All high school sports – including the higher-risk football, basketball and wrestling – may now be played in three regions of Illinois as the state continues to loosen restrictions amid the pandemic. Currently, Region 3 in west-central Illinois…
    As a long-time fan of Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the things that most excites me about the DIsney+ platform is the bevy of MCU projects slated for it. Last week, the first of many such projects finally arrived: WandaVision.     WandaVision promised to be an oddball…
     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…
By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Two more Illinois regions will see COVID-19…
     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…
Virginia- The Cass County Health Department  reported nine new cases of Covid-19 Tuesday.  All new cases have been notified and instructed to isolate at home; close contacts have also been notified and instructed to


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…
    Beardstown School District 15 is in the Hybrid Learning mode, according to Superintendent Ron Gilbert. Students are attending school in person two days a…
    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 E. “Jake” Crabtree, 88, of Beardstown died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at his home.     He was born Feb. 22, 1932, in Patterson, the son of Ernest and…
    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…