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GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will make campaign stop in Virginia

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be at The Depot in Virginia Friday at 9:30 a.m. for a meet and greet session with area residents. The public is invited.
Rauner faces incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, who is running for re-election to a second full term in office, in the Nov. 4 election.
Rauner is the chairman of R8 Capital Partners, and former chairman of the private equity firm GTCR, based in Chicago.


Allen’s Market owner dies; store will remain open

The owner of Allen’s Market, Harold Allen, passed away suddenly on Monday. Despite a somber mood at the store, it is expected to remain open for the time being.
“We’re still here. We’re still going,” said manager Daniel Meyer.
But Meyer said employees were still coming to terms with events.
“Everyone’s pretty shaken up,” said Meyer, “Everybody’s in shock.”
Meyer also spoke on what Allen meant to the store.
“He’s everything to the store, he’s the heart and soul,” said Meyer. “He’s the smiling face around the counter. We are glad to have a boss like him.”
Meyer said he has spoken with Allen’s children about the future of Allen’s Market. While he did not know about long-term plans, the store would not shut down in the near-term.


School board addresses a number of issues

By David V. Miller
For the Star-Gazette
The Beardstown Board of Education addressed a number of items at its June 25 meeting, ranging in topics from piercings to salaries.
On the subject of body piercings, other than studs, no facial piercings beyond the ears will be allowed next school year.
In other student-related matters, open campus lunch will be offered for all students maintaining a C average or better with no disciplinary issues. This will be started on a trial basis with its continuance dependent upon the results.

Look in this week's Cass County Star-Gazette for full story.


Harper presented with 70 year pin

Chandlerville Lodge No. 724 recently presented Brother Maynard Harper with a 70-year membership pin and certificate, a milestone which very few attain. Harper has been a faithful member and loyal supporter of the Masonic fraternity and currently serves as chaplain of Chandlerville Lodge. Front Row: L-R: Bud Carlock, Maynard Harper and Albert Hoesman. Back Row: Charles Taylor, Richard Kirchner, Wayne Gurnsey and Marke Bobbitt.


Cass County towns celebrate Memorial Day

The Ashland American Legion and VFW post held a Memorial Day ceremony in the A-C Central gym Monday morning. Ashland Boy Scouts conducted posting of flags and played "Taps" while A-C Central high school band and chorus students lended their talents to the ceremony. Memorial Day services were held Monday in Arenzville at the East Cemetery. Followed by services at North Cemetery and St. Peter’s Church Cemetery. Memorial Day services were held Monday in Beardstown, sponsored by the VFW.
Participants prepare to lay a wreath at the war monmument at Art Zeeck Park to honor fallen war heroes at Memorial Day services in Beardstown.
Veterans marching toward the river walk at Memorial Day services Monday in Beardstown.


Petefish Skiles donates to Nate's Park

Petefish, Skiles & Co., Bank Mason County Division President Eldon Leinberger is shown presenting Chandlerville Mayor Tim Richard with a $5,000 check representing the bank’s contribution to Nate’s Park.


2014 48th Annual Virginia Bar-B-Que

JUNE 6 - 8, 2014

Emcee For The Weekend:  Randy West

Friday, June 6
6:00 p.m.    Opening Ceremony
6:15 p.m.    Little Miss BBQ/BBQ Queen Contest
8:30 - 10:30 p.m.     Chinese Fire Drill

Saturday, June 7
8:00 a.m.    5K Run, Cass County Health Department    
9:00 a.m.    Baby Contests
10:00 a.m.    Sand Volleyball Tournament, Park
10:30 a.m.    Parade "Pork Dynasty Theme", Main St.
11:00 - 12:00    Mike Niehaus Comedian Magician & Ventriloquist
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.    Duets Karaoke Contest
1:00 p.m.    Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony at VHS
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.    Pork Dynasty Bearded Contest
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.    Twinkles the Clown, Strolling Act
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.    Mike Niehaus Comedian Magician & Ventriloquist
6:00 p.m.    Walkin With Cash -  Tribute to Johnny Cash
8:30 p.m.     Devin Clemons Band
Sunday, June 8
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.    Worship Service  (Ministerial Alliance)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.    Stuart Smith
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.    The Good Ole Boys
4:00 p.m.    BBQ Raffle
Awards Presentation - Closing


Human Services Transportation Plan regional transportation committee

This meeting of the Illinois Region 7 Regional Transportation Committee will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, beginning at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the Springfield Mass Transit District Meeting Room, 928 South 9th St., Springfield, IL 62703.


The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the development, implementation and adaptation of a regional public transportation plan for the counties of Cass, Christian, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott.


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