Beardstown 9-10 boys eliminated from District 17 Finals

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
The 9-10-year-old Beardstown Boys All-Stars posted a 5-3 win in the opening game of the District 17 finals.
Jacob Pate went three innings to pick up the win for the hometowners, with Alan Villegas and Denzel McWilliams working one inning each.
Brown County scored a run in the top of the first when Gabe Blakely hit a home run in dead center, the ball carried next to the flag pole, to give them a 1-0 lead.
The locals tied it at 1-1 when Brock Krumboltz walked, and came home on Aaric Brown’s two-out double.
The young Tigers scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead in the second. Ty Malcomson doubled to left, and touched home when A. Villegas followed with a double. Augustin Urquiza had an RBI single, and came in to score.
Brock Krumboltz in the fifth inning  crushed a solo home run to left center.
Brown County  pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth. Sam Carr opened with a single and Blakely was hit by a pitch. They both scored on Mason.
Denzel McWilliams sat down the last three batters on strikes.


Junior Girls capture District 17 title, heading to state

By Don Chipman
Sports Editor
The Beardstown 9-10-year-old girls were eliminated from District 17 play, while the Beards- town Junior Girls advanced on to the State Tournament by sweeping all three games in District Play.

9/10 vs. Pike County
In the opening round game the 9/10-year-olds were forced to rally from a 4-0 deficit to post a hard-earned 7-6 win over Pike County last Friday at Rice Field. Beardstown hurler Sara Newman was the winning pitcher going the distance.
Pike County got off to a roaring start when they put a four-spot on the board in the top of the first inning. Grace McCartney had the big hit in the four-run uprising, smacking a two-run double.


A new great-granddaughter and a successful Farmer’s Market ... can’t be beat!

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
The house is so very quiet now that my kids are gone. My daughter and her husband left Friday for Abingdon to await the birth of their first grandchild. She arrived Sunday morning at 12:45 a.m.
Most of us thought it was going to be a boy, and we even made the baby quilt in blues, browns with a little white and green. It had dogs on it and we trupointed (stuffed) a dog shape from the front onto the back so it would be reversible.
Well Kenleigh Jane will just have to live with it! I’m sure they’re all just so happy the baby is here, doesn’t matter which sex it turned out to be. They didn’t want to know ahead of time so that's why we were all guessing.

Loss of limbs presents no handicap

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
We made friends with Jane, a lady who moved into this retirement home because Bloomington was her home town and also to be close enough to one of her sons. Having had lunch with her several times and having conversations with her at other times, I found she had a most unusual and interesting story. Actually it was a inspirational story about her son, Randy.


Crash of cell phone network ignites panic, desperation

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
We were thrown into crisis mode. I had never seen my friends in such a panic. No fire, earthquake or flood could have affected our region so drastically, and the effects of the catastrophe still linger today in frayed nerves and irregular heartbeats. Last week the AT&T cell phone network went down and the world of some folks came to a crashing halt.
Social media lit up immediately with cries of pain and anguish. With cell phones out of commission some folks had apparently lost the will to live. I had just read an article on the Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 and the moans of hopelessness seemed eerily reminiscent.

When a lynching isn’t a lynching

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
After years of gathering dust in my “story ideas” file, I finally decided to check out the veracity of two published reports about Beardstown’s one and only lynching.
According to those reports, Adam Baker was a proprietor of a Beardstown saloon. Apparently, Baker was a pretty popular with everyone. Well, everyone except the fellow who murdered him. Or perhaps it was two fellows who murdered him. A gent named Wilcox and another named Charlie Blohm were together one evening in 1873 or 1874 when Baker lost his life. No one seemed to know exactly how Baker met his demise or at least it wasn’t mentioned.
When Baker was murdered, Blohm decided the time had come to make a hasty retreat from town. He fled by wading and swimming the Illinois River. Once across, he hoofed it all the way to Galesburg. Supposedly, Blohm later became a railroad conductor.


Marguerite Hager

Marguerite Hager, 91, of Sherman, formerly of Tallula, passed away on Saturday, July 12, at Memorial Medical Center. The family will receive guests on Thursday, July 17, at Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E Andrew Rd., Sherman, IL 62684, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Sweet will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers those who wish to may leave memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Please share in Marguerite’s online “Life Remembered Story” at


Shirley Joan Morgan

Shirley Joan Morgan, 93, of R.R. #1, Rushville, passed away 2:15 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Wesley Village in Macomb.
Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.


Sandra Lee Miller

Sandra Lee Miller, 73, beloved wife and mother, died Monday, July 8, at Walker Nursing Home in Virginia.
Private graveside memorial services will be held.


Area students visit the nation's capitol

Students from Virginia, Triopia and Meredosia traveled June 15  to Washington D.C. They are: Abby Clark, EJ Clark, Kristan Shaffer, Gage Tullis, Jamie Jokisch, Jacob Carson, Kyler Bailey, Jared Atwood, Damian Coats, Hunter Bader, Emily Campbell, Shelby Campbell, Ali Morton, Dusty Staake, Brooklyn Knapp, JR Coats, Jeff Bennett, Jason Martin, Monica Campbell, Colton Woolridge, Nick Werries, Haley Milby, Peyton Rush, Bailey Bogue, Regan Corder, Hailey Werries, Steve Clark and Lisa Clark.
They toured the White House, National Archives, FDR and Martin Luther King Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Air Force Memorial, 9/11 Memorial, National Cathedral, and Holocaust Museum.
Also, the Smithsonians: American History, Natural History, and Air and Space.
They took a tour of Arlington Cemetery and attended the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb the of Unknown Soldier, as well as a tour of the US Naval Academy.



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