Harold D. Allen

Harold D. Allen, 80, of Ashland, passed away at 1:36 p.m., Monday, August 4, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Memorial services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville with interment to follow at Ashland Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Memorial gifts are suggested to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.buchanancody.com.

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Virginia Board settles blue vs. red, academic eligibility questions

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Experts say blue is a color that promotes calmness and serenity, but those traits were nowhere in evidence at the Virginia School Board’s special meeting on July 30.
Lockers ordered for the new school have been painted a shade of blue. That didn’t sit well with some board members and resident Julie Reynolds.
“We are the Redbirds, not the Bluebirds,” Reynolds declared.
“The blue lockers need to be changed,” she asserted. “The community that is paying for all of this doesn’t want them to be blue. That (repainting them red) is what your community wants to be done.”
Also at issue was a blue stripe in the high school corridors, blue around the concession area and blue in the main lobby and entranceway. Reynolds made it clear all of that was unacceptable, as well.

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Jacksonville attorney again faces ethics complaint

By Michael Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
A Jacksonville attorney who has represented clients in Cass County faces ethics charges a year after having his law license suspended for other violations of professional ethics. G. Ronald Kesinger, who was licensed to practice in 1973, is facing a complaint relating to a loan he received from a client while representing the client in an estate case.
According to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission complaint, Kesinger had represented Myra J. Nickel and her husband Paul in estate planning and other matters since the 1980s. Paul passed away on Dec. 15, 2011, and Kesinger agreed to represent Myra, then 83, as both attorney and executor of the estate. Kesinger filed a probate case in Morgan County the following month.

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Plans being made for annual ‘Taste of Beardstown’ event

The 7th annual ‘Taste of Beardstown’ event sponsored by Beardstown Main Street and Cass Communications will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Art Zeeck Park.
Other major sponsors include West Central Bank, First National Bank of Beardstown, E. H. Taylor Clinic, D & D Enterprises of Illinois, The Cass County Star -Gazette, The Kitchen & Floor Shoppe, L. B. Sports Productions and The City of Beardstown.

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Water meters spark high citizen turnout at city council meeting

By Allie Dawson
For the Star-Gazette
At Tuesday night’s Beardstown City Council meeting, there was an uncharacteristically high citizen turnout which appeared to be — at least in part — due to the new water ordinance which went into effect Aug. 1.
Citizens who voiced their opinions during public discussion were concerned about what may happen if a residence had a leak and also about the accuracy of the water meters.
Alderwoman Katie Vitale pointed out there is a forgiveness clause in the ordinance where in the event of a leak, the average water used in the last year would be billed rather than the actual amount used. Council members assured the public that the meters have been tested and monitored closely.
The council also encouraged citizens to approach city hall with any further questions they may have.

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Cargill shows it is ‘Hometown Proud’

By Allie Dawson
For the Star-Gazette
Approximately 138 Cargill employees spent Friday morning volunteering around Beardstown. The employees worked at various locations, donating over 500 man hours between 8 a.m. and noon. The volunteer work was known as “Project Hometown Proud.”
“This is just another way for Cargill to give back to the community, be involved, and make a difference,” Mike Icenogle of Cargill said. “The community is a customer, and we want to give back.”

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PORTA/A-C volleyball practice to set to start August 13

By Don Chipman
chip22@att.net
The first official practice for 2014 PORTA/A-C volleyball team will be Wednesday, August 13 from 9-12 a.m. at the PORTA High School.
If anyone is interested that has not already been in contact with Coach Carrie Jo Donnan this summer then please do so ASAP by contacting Coach Donnan at (217) 481-0747. You must have a current physical on file in order to practice.
Also plan to attend the parent meeting on August 11 at PORTA High School. For freshmen and new students the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., and for all others at 7 p.m.

Ed’s Note:?The Star-Gazette Sports Pages will cover the 2014 PORTA/A-C Volleyball season with complete game resumes, photos and box scores.

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U. of I. track star has Beardstown roots

By Don Chipman
Chip22@att.net
Ben Dodds’ connection to Beardstown is that he is the grandson of Constance Tucker of Champaign, and Milton  McClure III, formerly of Beardstown, and is presently  a sophomore at the University of Illinois and is a member of the Illini track team, throwing the javelin.
As a sophomore at Illinois, Dodds qualified for the NCAA West preliminary round in the javelin event.
He also finished 10th in the Big Ten Championships, and threw the fourth-best mark in school history (61.75 meters) to win the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invite.
Dodds continued to shine as he also recorded three top-three finishes in the javelin events in 2014, including placing second at the Tiger Track Classic.
When Dodds was a freshman he placed fourth at the Outdoor Big Ten Championships in the javelin with a personal best mark of 203.10 (62.13 meters), which is the fourth best throw in the javelin in Illinois history.
As a freshman, he continuied to improve his performances competing in six meets in wich Dodds threw the javelin and in five of the six meets he placed no worse than fourth in during the freshmen 2013 season.
As a member of the Illini track team he qualified for the academic All-Big Ten team as well as being an AUSTFCCA All-Academic Award winner.
He holds the high school record at St. Thomas Moore (Champaign) High School in the pole vault, and was a three-time state pole vault qualifier in the small schools state meet and made the state finals his senior year.
Dodds earned all-conference honors in track from his sophomore through his senior year, and won the small school state championship in golf his sophomore year, along with being a six-time IHSA Athletic Academic Achievement award winner.
He is a studying to be an Accounting Major (CPA) at the University of Illinois.
Dodds is the son of Alan and Meredith (McClure) Dodds of Champaign.

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