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Woman dies after apparent self-inflicted gunshot

Michele Knous, age 46,
of Beardstown was pronounced
deceased at Memorial
Medical Center in
Springfield at 7:55 a.m. on
Monday. She was found
on a bench at the Meredosia
Wildlife Refuge
with a gunshot wound on
Sunday afternoon. She
had apparently left her vehicle
and walked down a
path to the bench.
An autopsy was conducted
on Tuesday morning
under the authority of
the Sangamon County
Coroner’s office. At this
time, the injury is suspected
to be self-inflicted.
Final autopsy results will
not be available for several weeks.


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.


Amber Alert

AMBER ALERT CANCELED - Police said a relative dropped the children off with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and they were in good condition. Their father was not in custody.
Their father was last seen driving a dark blue 2006 Chevy Malibu with a temporary Wisconsin license plate K7561C.


Cass Co. Health Dept. Co-Business of Month

Cass County Health Department and staff has been chosen August Co-Business of the month. The Cass County Health Department opened its doors in 1981 and for 33 years has been committed to the philosophy that each individual human being has the basic right to expect and secure prevention information and public health services that are necessary to promote and sustain ones physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.


Emblem Club makes donation to Fire Department

Beardstown Emblem Club President Beth Miller presents a check for $200 to Dan Herter of the Beardstown Fire Department. The funds will be used to aid in the purchase of new equipment. (Submitted photo)


Friends of Jim Edgar Panther Creek sets second meeting

The Friends of Jim Edgar Panther Creek, the new group formed to support the Jim Edgar State Fish and Wildlife Area, has set the time and date for a second meeting of the group.  The gathering will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at The Depot Restaurant in Virginia.


Chandlerville Burgoo Aug. 22-23

The annual Chandlerville Burgoo will be held Aug. 21-23.
Next Thursday’s activities will include a dog show, a bags tournament, a baby contest and a Little Miss and Mister pageant.
Friday, Aug. 22, will feature a pedal tractor pull (not a garden tractor pull as previously listed) and entertainment.
Events on Saturday, Aug. 23, will include a parade, a talent contest and entertainment.


7th Annual Taste of Beardstown

Seventeen vendors have committed to selling samples of their unique offerings at ‘A Taste of Beardstown’ on the city square, Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlighted by Beardstown’s diverse variety of traditional, home style and ethnic cuisine, local vendors with their wide variety of local cuisine, some new to the event this year, will provide an array of samples.
Cass Communications, 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 have joined with Beardstown Main Street to sponsor  the  afternoon of fine food and entertainment.


Virginia Council adopts comprehensive plan

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Virginia’s City Council unanimously adopted the city’s blueprint for the future at Monday’s session.
Though the Comprehensive City Plan does not represent an end result, it does describe a planning process that envisions a 15-year goal. In the vision statement, the plan anticipates that by the year 2029 Virginia will:
“Offer small town quality of life; be a center for commercial and civic activities; be a community with a strong and diverse economic base; offer a rich cultural environment with parks, open space, and recreational activities; (and) be a community that successfully balances community growth with the natural environment.”


Friends of the Courtroom reception held at museum

State Rep. Norine Hammond (R. 93rd), Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum Commissioner Emeritus Suzie McClure and Cass County Board Chairman David Parish were among the many people who attended a Friends of the Courtroom reception on Aug. 2. Held at the museum, members of the commission served guests ice cream and a variety of homemade baked treats. Entertainment was provided by the Una Voce Strings. (Leigh Morris/For the Star-Gazette)



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