September 2, 2014

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Chandlerville Burgoo parade route changes

The Chandlerville Burgoo
is getting underway
with activities planned
Thursday through Saturday,
Aug. 21-23.


The parade route has
been changed back to the
"old" route starting at the
south end of town and
going north, according to
event planners. The parade
will be held on Saturday,
starting at 10 a.m. The parade
check-in will start at
9 a.m. at the corner of
River and Main Street.
There will be no parking
on Main Street from 6
a.m. until noon from the
corner of Main and Cottage
to the corner of Main
and Lake Street. River
street will be closed to
traffic with only parade
participants allowed to use
it. The parade will end at
the corner of Main and
Lake with parade entries
dissipating on Lake Street.
Other activities will include
silent auctions on
Saturday. One will be from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the
other from 5-7 p.m. The
items include a Wine
Lover's Basket, a matching
set of Final Destination
duck and goose calls,
a stay at B & C Dreams, a
Spa/Relaxation basket, a
car care basket, four Cardinal
tickets, an overnight
stay at the Lodge at Grants
Trail, and possibly more.
Card raffles will also be
held with staff members
selling the tickets. Items
being raffled include a
Golf Lover’s Basket, A
Kid’s Party Pack, a River
Bottoms Banded Goose
Call, two Chicago Cubs
vs. the Reds tickets for
Sept. 15 and possibly
more items.
Events will get underway
Thursday evening
with a Bags Tournament at
Chandlerville Burgoo
5 p.m., a baby contest at 7
p.m. and a dog show at 8
Friday evening will include
a kiddie pull on
Main Street and entertainment
by the Good Ole
Boys at 7 p.m.
Saturday will feature a
5K Burgoo Boogle at 8
a.m., Fun Run at 8:30, parade
at 10 a.m., opening
ceremony and award announcements
at 11 a.m.,
and entertainment by Dick
Tater and the Tots at noon.
Activities will continue
Saturday with a talent contest
at 4 p.m., entertainment
by Antone and Wick
at 7 p.m., raffles and drawing
at 9 p.m. and a Chinese
fire drill at 9 p.m.

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

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...

For the rest of this story, please see the August 7, 2014 edition of the Cass County Star Gazette or subscribe to the e-Edition.

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.

2015 We Call It Home Wall calendar contest

Do you get told that you are a  great photographer? Have some favorite photo's you've taken of Cass County? We want to see them, maybe publish them in our 7th Annual We Call It Home Wall Calendar contest. See our ad below for the details or our contest. The photo's will be judge in two rounds on our web site.

Plans being made for the Chandlerville Burgoo

The schedule is being finalized for the Chandlerville Burgoo to be held Aug. 21-23 and will include two new events.
New this year will be a dog show, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. The event will include three categories: best costume, owner/ dog look-a-likes, and cutest dog. A Best of Show winner will receive a $75 cash prize.

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Guide

The 2014-2015 Jim Edgar Panther Creek State and Fish Wildlife Guide is now here in digital form, look for the book at local business soon. Visit our E-Editions link to view this year's guide.

Cass County Fair Results

The 2014 Cass County 4-H Fair results

Cargill recognizes employee

Brenda Antrim, the traffic manager at Cargill Beardstown, won a Collaboration Award. The award recognizes outstanding performances by those outside the pork business unit which had significant impact on the business and those who exemplify those qualities necessary to enhance the long-term success of the organization. Brenda has been at Cargill for close to 46 years. She was born and raised in Beardstown. Her hobbies include golfing and reading. What she likes most about Cargill are the people. Pictured, left to right, are Mike Luker, Pork Business Unit leader, Antrim, and Norm Bessac, VP Pork International Sales. (Submitted photo)

Virginia BBQ Little Miss contestants

At 6:15 p.m., June 6, Virginia BBQ Little Miss contestants will perform a dance and fashion show before being escorted on stage. In their formal gowns on stage, contestants will answer a question. The Little Miss contestants are sponsored by Scotty’s Auto Parts in Virginia and director is Kim Mefford.