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…
    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 John C. and Dora Friday Anderson.     Herschel is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four…
    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 J. and Ruth Morgan Lucas. She married Dale Hish on Aug. 7, 1948, in Beardstown and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2008.     She is…
    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 daughter of Marvin Ray and Katherine Schweer Hungerford. She married Max Alden Lippert on March 2, 1952, and he preceded her in death on July 26,…
    Edwin Christian “Chris” Cota, 58, a former Virginia, IL resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.     He was born Dec. 7, 1961, in Mexico, the son of Dr. Alberto Antonio Cota and Carol Anne Snow Cota.     He is survived by one brother, Albert Anthony “Tony”…
    I love horror. I think that’s been established fairly well at this point. But what I really love--what I care about, at root--is a good story. Horror stories just happen to be the ones that resonate best with me; I struggle with anxiety, and narratives that deal with fear fascinate me.…
Watching what’s going on in the entertainment industry these days, it has occurred to me there are simply no new ideas in the entertainment world — at least not that I can see. In fact the very idea that there are no new ideas is, in and of itself, an old idea that I’m pretty sure I stole from…
A Song of Meditation By Rev. Gladys Herzog First Congregational Church, Beardstown     Last week in Focus on Faith, I was thinking about the fact that all the disciples were in one place, praying at the same time. I suggested the hymn, “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart,” as a prayer. I also…
It’s time for another trivia column using things that people have sent me and what I have read in other newspapers.  • NO ONE BELIEVES SENIORS…Everyone thinks they are senile. An elderly couple was celebrating their 60th anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved…
    On Dec. 23, 1930, the Illinois State Journal had this to say about the new Public Service Building’s exterior lights:     “Springfield’s Christmas stocking will contain an unusual gift this year. Tomorrow night – Christmas eve (sic) – will be commemorated in Springfield by the official…
    Potpourri—Greg Sankey, SEC Conference commissioner, is threatening schools with $100,000 fines with players’ and coaches’  suspensions for not wearing masks while on the sidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic—Tampa Bay Rays proved they were for real when they knocked off the slugging, home-run…
    A-C Central will move to full K-12 attendance over four days next week following the decision…
    Reggie Benton of Benton and Associates updated the Beardstown City Council in a committee as a…
In a brief teleconferenced meeting Monday night, the Cass County Board tentatively approved the…
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.


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—Greg Sankey, SEC Conference commissioner, is threatening schools with $100,000 fines with players’ and coaches’  suspensions for not wearing…
    The PORTA High golf team finished third in the 12-team Class 1A Regional played at the Coyote Creek Golf Course in Bartonville last week. PORTA would have…
    The Beardstown High School cross country team recently competed at the Boys Toby Elledge Invitational which was run at Lake Pittsfield. Franklin,…
    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…