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The Scoop Newsletter

February 2013 Volume 7 - Issue 02


Berea Christian Church Saturday February 23 Serving 11 am until 7 pm Annual Oyster and Chili Soup Supper All-the-soup-you-can-eat Crackers, pickles, homemade pies, beverages. Cost is $7 for adults - $4 for children ages 5-12, free for age 4 and under. Carry out is available, please bring your own container. Berea Christian Church is located 6 miles south of Ashland on Highway 125.

108 N. Charles Street, Ashland, IL Reduced to $67,000

2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 217-741-1865

Character abounds in this unique 2BR 1BA home! Many nice features including; original hardwood floors, open living/dining/office area, covered front porch, several built in shelves & drawers, walk-up un-finished attic, and large landscaped back yard. Numerous updates; `10 water heater, `04 kitchen counters & cabinet fronts, some windows, `96 furnace, `12 A/C unit, and much more. Possible 3rd bedroom off of master. Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate


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CHURCH DIRECTORY BEREA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Edward J.Moretto Sunday Christian Education Hour - 9:30 pm Sunday Worship - 10:30 am Wednesday Eve. Prayer Mtg. - 7:00 pm We’re Open On Sunday!! CHURCH OF CHRIST Minister Howard Chartier Sunday School - 9:00 am Sunday Worship - 10:00 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. David L. McHenry 476.3678 Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 am ASHLAND COMMUNITY ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Eve. Baptist Church Hall - 7 - 8:30 pm

“Where two or three come together in My name, I am there with them” - Matthew 18:20

Ladies Prayer Breafkast Schedule 2013 Feb. 2 Ashland Church of Christ Mar. 2 Richland Creek Baptist Apr. 6 New Beginnings Fellowship May. 4 St. Augustine Catholic “Prayer Breakfast meets on the first Saturday morning of the month from September - May @ 9:00 am with the host church providing breakfast and devotions. If your group has a conflict in schedule, please arrange to trade dates with another group and notify the rest.

Marcia Masten (Richland Creek) 691-5469 Glenda Schleyhan (First Baptist) 476-8829 Becky King (New Beginnings) 891-3454 Betty Higgason (Church of Christ) 476-3824 Elaine Roth (St. Augustine Catholic) 476-3984

ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH Father Chris Brey 476.8856 Ashland Sunday Mass - 9:00 am Beardstown Sunday Mass - 11:00 am Sunday (Spanish) - 12:30 pm Virginia Saturday - 5:00 pm

A-C Central Community Unit School District No.262

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Pam Hoffman 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am

501 W. Buchanan St. / P.O. Box 260, Ashland,

NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. IL 62612 Pastor Terry Beauchamp Mrs. Becky Canty, Superintendent Sunday School for all ages@ 9:10-10:00 am 2nd Service - 10:15 am YOUTH4TRUTH @ 6:30-7:30 pm (217) 476-8112 Fax Tuesday Corporate Prayer @ (217) 7:00 pm476-8100 Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ 8:00 am e-mail:

January 11, 2013 Dear Ashland Residents: A-C Central would like to thank Jeff DeGeal, Jim Birdsell, & Larry Cave for coming in and assisting us with the revision/assessment of our crisis plan. These community advocates took their valuable time to work with the administration and the teachers to do a comprehensive tour of the building and offered us their expertise. We are taking their ideas and recommendations seriously; and we will be making changes for everyone’s safety and well-being. It is gratifying to know that we live in such a supportive community and have such great resources available to us. A-C Central CUSD #262 would like to thank them for sharing their expertise, experience, and valuable time to ensure the safety of the children of our community. Sincerely, Becky Canty Superintendent A-C Central C.U.S.D. No. 262

Just a reminder to those with medical conditions/appointments, please let the Village office know if you need assistance cleaning snow from your driveway. Village employees will make every effort to help you but please be patient. Our local elections will be held on April 9, 2013. For those wishing to register to vote, please bring your driver’s license with you to the Village office and Vanessa can help you. Midwest Bridge & Crane is the winning bidder for the Water Diversion project. The bid was $455,619.20 and that will be funded entirely by the State of Illinois. If you are in possession of a stray dog, please call the county sheriff’s office (217/452-7718) and ask them to contact Jim Birdsell. If you see a street light out, call the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact Ameren CIPS for repair.

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

First 1,000 gallons Per 1,000 gallons after first 1,000 EPA Testing Fee Minimum monthly charge

Sewer $10.45 $ 4.40

E-mail: Facebook: Village of Ashland

Village of Ashland Board Members & Staff:

Dave Handy, Mayor Jim Birdsell, Chief of Police Ron Cave, Public Works Director Alicia Hager, Village Treasurer Vanessa Doellman, Village Clerk Kitty Mau, Deputy Clerk

Kelly Sutphin-Gutmann, Trustee Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Terry Blakeman, Trustee Frank Wallace, Trustee Dan Cuba, Trustee

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS 01 01 02 02 03 05 06 07 09 09 09 11 12 15 16


Kaitlin Throgmorton Rita Kofed (80 yrs) Kaeleah Wilder Carolyn Deppe Judy Dodds Debbie Greer Nance Bryant Cynthia Gutmann Graham Reiken Madelyn Ann Davin Ally Madison Blair John Thomas Davin Abraham Lincoln John Cosner Bill Schleyhahn

16 17 17 17 17 22 22 22 24 24 25 25 27 27


Connor Hanauer George Jokisch Julie Roland Forrest Duncan Karen S. Manswoki George Washington Elliott Thornley Jim Davis Julie Hultquist John Patrick Davin Stacey Eskew Bill Gruen Ron Plattner Dan Laraker

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES 10 - Pat & Marilyn Davin 14 - Stan & Jeanne Fulton 20 - Kevin & Vicky Schoonover 28 - John & Vohnie Bailey

KOFOED - 80th Rita Kofoed of Ashland will turn 80 on February 1st. Born in Springfield to Albert and Ida Nall, she married Tom Kofoed on Feb. 17, 1968 by the Rev. Wellington P. Witkop at Faith Lutheran Church, Springfield. Tom passed away in Nov. 2012. Rita has a step-daughter, Janice Hangman, Waianae, Wawaii, 4 grandchildren, and 6 greatgrandchildren. She retired from the Dept. of Rehabilitation in 1991. She also worked for the IL School for the Visually Impared, the State Geological Survey and the Dept. of Children and Family Services. As a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Pleasant Plains, she has served as Sunday School Teacher, choir member and member of the Mary Martha Guild. Rita’s special joys are being with family, friends,

World Day of Prayer at The First Baptist Church of Ashland Starting at 1:00 P.M. March 1, 2013 A Skit, Singing, and Fellowship, Followed by Dessert & Coffee. Everyone is Invited to Attend. This Event Will Be Celebrated in Most Countries Worldwide on the Same Day, March 1st. Mark your Calendars and We’ll See You There!!

Monday - Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612

Sundays and Holidays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

On Saturday, Jan. 26th, we celebrated our 53rd birthday in business. To all of our good employees and customers during this time “A Great Big Thank You!�. Very few businesses reach 53 years and we are proud of our accomplishment. With the help of great employees like we have now and great customers we might make it another 53. We will be offering extra unadvertised specials during February and hope to see you here to take advantage of them. Thanks to all! - Harold and the entire Allen Family

MATT GREER President

Located at West Central Bank 400 East Buchanan, PO Box 467 Main: 217-476-3653 - Fax: 217-476-3342 Email:


Propane LLC 220 N. Yates - Ashland Office: 1-866-225-8126

Darrin Smith Owner

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Garrett Savage - Bob Savage Ron Ahlers - Salesman cell: (217)691-9631

**GIVE US A CALL** Ph: (217) 971-4571

ASHLAND WOMAN’S CLUB... The Woman’s Club will meet at 1:30, February 5 at the Baptist Church Hall. All ladies are welcome to our programs. Jo Fessett from the Adams Wild Life Sanctuary in Springfield will be the program for Feb. She is also associated with the Illinois Audubon Society. Since winter is a favorite time for bird watching this should be a good program. Hope to see you there. Contact Kathie Blair if you have questions at 414-3207. THANK YOU... The family of Dale DeGroot would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during The time of Dale’s accident and after his passing. May God bless each of you. -Joan DeGroot and Family FOR SALE…….. M.T.D. Snow thrower. Runs good, 2-cycle $75.00 or B.O. Contact Dave King at 415-1509. ANTIQUE TRACTOR CRUISE…… The American legion and VFW antique tractor cruise And poker run will be on Saturday June 15, 2013.

ASHLAND VFW POST 3546… Meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse. AMERICAN LEGION POST 498... Meets monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse. SENIOR SAINTS…. The Senior Saints are having taste of soup night February 16th at the Baptist Church hall at 6:00 pm. Bring something to eat with soup. It is also game night. CITY WIDE YARD SALE…… The spring city wide yard sales will be on Saturday April 20, 2013. ASHLAND AREA VETERAN POST HOSTING CHILLI DINNER…… The Ashland area Veteran Posts are planning a chilli dinner for the public to be held on April 9, 2013. Serving will be from 10:30 am till 7:00 pm at the Baptist Church Fellowship hall.

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Charlene Walker Reliford 1943 - 2013 Franklin Charlene Mae Reliford, 69 of Eugene Las Vegas Nevada, passed Reed 1931 - 2013 away peacefully surrounded by her four children on January 4, 2013. Charlene was born April 5, 1943 in Ashland Illinois, the daughter of the late Darrel and Liz Walker. She graduated Franklin Eugene Reed, 81, of Ashfrom Ashland High School. She land, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, is survived by her brother at Florida Hospital in Altamonte Johnny Walker of Union, KenSprings, FL. tucky, her four children, Breck He was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Phila- Reliford, Georgetown, Ky; Elizabeth Armstrong, Madison delphia, IL, the son of Pearl and Ky; Vanessa Mitchell, Las VeElizabeth Sutherd Reed. He married gas, Nevada; and Bradley ReliMary E. Retherford on May 7, 1976, ford, Nashville, Tn. Charlene in Springfield and she preceded him was the proud grandmother of in death on May 11, 1997. five grandchildren, Hannah, RaHe is survived by nine children, Carol chel, Sam, Sara, and Monique, and three great grandchildren; (Ron) Freligh of Ashland, Dinah Bryson, Andrea, and Emma Wentzel of Springfield, Rachelle (Mark) Elwood of Altamonte Springs, who all lovingly referred to her as GIGI. Charlene was a long FL, Brenda Reed of Ashland, Cheryl (Robert) Hicks of Springfield, Charles time resident of Madisonville, where she was a member of “Chuck” (Betty) Griffin, III of Ashland, Laurie Taylor of Springfield, Jo- the First United Methodist Church. She spent several seph Reed of Beardstown, and Mary years as the Director of the (Jamie) Owen of Tucson, AZ; nineUnited Way of Madisonville, and teen grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Don- also worked at Ligon for many ald “Ducky” (Mary Ann) Reed of years. Charlene’s family and Pleasant Plains. He was preceded in friends celebrated her life on death by his parents; his wife; one January 19, 2013 at the Ameridaughter, Jeanette Smock (surviving can legion in Madisonville, Kenhusband Kenny of Ashland); one tucky. grandson, John Bellatti; and one sister, Renona Dodds. Mr. Reed was a graduate of Pleasant Plains High School and a member of the First Baptist Church of Ashland. He had been a carpenter for many years, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

John “Gary” Owens 1934 - 2013 John “Gary” Owens, 78, of Hendersonville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22 , 2013 at 1:00 at park ridge hospital via four seasons hospice care. He was born April 6, 1934 in White Hall, Illinois, the son of Fred Owens and Alice Mae Ryan Owens. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy where he was a pilot of 21 years flying mainly the A-4 Skyhawk and F-4 Phantom. He served proudly during the Vietnam War and later as a test pilot on the Stencil Ejection Seat project for the F-16 and AV-8B Harrier. His most enjoyable hobbies included reading, cooking, acting and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Laryon D. Owens, of the home; 4 children, Dayton Owens and wife Sharon of Denver, Alycia Owens of Hendersonville, Daryck Owens of Hendersonville and Mychele O. Taylor and husband Jason of San Diego; 3 grandchildren Lindsay Owens, Allyson Taylor and Michael Taylor. Funeral services will be held in Ashland IL on July 28, 2013 Memorials may be made to: Carolina’s ALS Center 1010 Edgehill Rd. Charlotte, N.C. 28207 Shepherd & sons funeral is assisting the family

Long Term Care Seminar 6pm Wednesday,February 27th Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café, Virginia

Speakers include: Certified Financial Planner Attorney at Law Home Health and Hospice No cost to attend. Please call Mary Jo at 452-2886 to reserve Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the First Baptist your seat. Church of Ashland, with burial at Ashland Cemetery. -Long term care insurance policies issued by COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, Bloomington, IL.

On Saturday December 15, 2012, Cadet Airman Riley Cowman along with his Springfield Composite Squadron for the Civil Air Patrol laid Christmas wreaths on the graves of soldiers at Camp Butler. This was a local version of the national program Wreaths Across America and was a very moving event. The event began with a ceremony to honor all branches of service past and present and also included those who have served in the USO, Salvation Army, and Red Cross. POWs were also remembered. Senator Sam McCann was present and spoke to the crowds of family, friends, and other visitors at this service. The organizer of the event wanted to make sure that what happened during the Vietnam era did not happen again.


108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354 Jeffrey A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell

Other Locations: 117 S. Front Street Virginia, IL 62691 217.452.7717 Kristen Arthalony 815 W. Clinton Rushville, IL 62681 217.322.6230 Kala Peacock

116 State Street Beardstown, IL 62618 217.323.3018 Debbie Jones 979 Clocktower Drive Springfield, IL 62704 217-726-9885 Stacey M. Hester

A-C Central School District was a major contributor for this event for on Friday November 9, 2012 in conjunction with an assembly at the middle and high school, students were encouraged to donate money for wreaths. Plus, teachers were granted an extra jean day in exchange for donating to this cause. Some members of the community who attended the event also made a donation. From all the money collected our district was able to sponsor 26 wreaths. On behalf of Riley and his squadron, thank you for your generosity.

Ashland Night ADVENTURE CLUB The first trip for 2013 is March 9th to attend the Passion Play in Bloomington, Il Bus will depart the Ashland bank at 9:45 am We will have lunch at the Cracker Barrel The Passion Play is 2 pm to 5:30 pm A fast food stop and time to shop on the way home. Cost is $70 per person with a deposit of $35 when you make your reservation. Final day to sign up is Feb. 7th.

A Full Service Bank 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342

May 3, 2013 at

If you always wondered what all the hype is about, this is the night to come check it out! Proceeds from this event will be donated to A-C Central PTO and A-C Central Post Prom Ticket pre-sales start in March Kid’s Activities

Music provided by a local Band

Raffle for a chance to wave the flag for a feature of your choice Ashland Native Tood Bob from WJVO Radio

50/50 Drawing

Special recognition of past and current drivers from Ashland For more information contact Missy Eskew or Emily Wallbaum

WALLBAUM DEVELOPMENT INC. ASHLAND, IL 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612

Plumbing - Heating Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching

We Do It All In Just 1 Call! Jim - Todd - Travis

Phone: (217)476-3595


New Construction Remodeling Gutters

Co. Gardner Construction 2878 Panther G rove Road Ashland, IL 6261 2

Cell: 217-341-3415 Leave Message 217-476-8135

Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

The Community Club will be serving BBQ’s at the Tuesday, February 5 home basketball game. We will begin serving at 5pm. Carry-outs will be available. Come see the Pleasant Plains Cardinals host the Auburn Trojans. For more information or carry outs, call 415-2976. Be sure to get your dinner/raffle ticket for our annual $5000 Dinner/Raffle held on Saturday, February 23, 2013. You will have a great time, have a melt in your mouth prime rib dinner and drinks, plus an opportunity to win the top prize of $5000. This year more cash prizes will be given. There will also be a silent auction. Get your ticket early—only 200 will be sold and we have sold out the last couple of years! Call Teri or Carolyn for tickets 891-6243 or 414-3229. You can also get a ticket from any club member. Remember— you can go together with family or friends to purchase a ticket and you need not be present to win. Each ticket has dinner for 2 included. The community building is available to rent for meetings, parties, receptions, etc. If you have an event you would like to host there, please call Shirley at 415-2976 for availability and fees. Upcoming events include Senior Citizen dinner and Bingo, a card party and July 4th fireworks. We welcome any new members from the Pleasant Plains school district and surrounding areas. We have meetings monthly on the first Tuesday with social hour at 6:30, meeting at 7. We meet September through May. Please consider being part of our club.

Smith Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Kathie G. Smith 111 North Hardin Ashland, IL 62612 (217)476-3547 Office Hours by Appointment Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL Phone: 217-416-7615 Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician

Surprise Your Valentine With A Relaxing Spa Manicure or Pedicure

Gift Certificates Available! - Call and get Shellacked!! Creative cards by Angela available at Amity Nail Spa

Courtney Bedtka named Student of the Month at A-C Central Congratulations to Courtney Bedtka for being selected Student – of – the – Month for December at A-C Central High School. Miss Bedtka is the daughter of Carol Bedtka of Ashland and Gary Bedtka of Chandlerville. Courtney is a leader both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by her involvement in various school activities. She is a member of the Honor Roll, STAR, Natural Helpers, Project 2000, and FFA. Courtney is also involved in several extra-curricular activities as she is a member of the Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Bass Fishing teams. Away from school Courtney is involved in hunting, fishing, Babyfold Summer Camp and her church youth group. Miss Bedtka plans on attending Lincolnland Community College majoring in Occupational Therapy and then transferring to a college or university to finish getting her license. Congratulations to Courtney Bedtka on this significant honor!

PRAIRIE SKIES PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT Ashland MAIN and Pleasant Plains BRANCH ADULT READING TOURNAMENT FEBRUARY Program INTERNET AND COMPUTER SAFETY IDENTITY THEFT AND MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT Program Given By CIA 11 Randall Kesselring, Illinois State Police Motor Vehicle Theft Intelligence & Clearinghouse

Ashland Wednesday, February 13, 9:00 AM Pleasant Plains Wednesday, February 13, 1:00 PM

CASS COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION ESSAY WINNERS The 6th grade science classes participated in the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Essay contest. Taylor Danner won first place for A-C Central Jr. High. She will be invited to attend a banquet to read her essay. Addie Boston placed second for A-C Central Jr. High and Sara DeGroot placed third for A-C Central Jr. High. Congratulations to all participants!! Pictured: L-R: Taylor Danner, Addie Boston, Sara DeGroot

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY POSTER/PROSE WINNERS Seven A-C Central Jr. High 6th graders were chosen to compete in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Poster/Prose Contest. Winners of the Poster Contest were Abigail Vandenbergh, Sara DeGroot, Taylor Danner, and Riley Shannon. Winners of the Prose Contest were Brock Bruss, Abigail Vandenbergh, Nicholas Draughan, and Lace Sweet. Their projects will be sent in to compete against 5th and 6th graders across the state of Illinois. Congratulations!!!

L-R: Poster winners: Taylor Danner, Sara DeGroot, Abigail Vandenbergh, Riley Shannon

L-R: Prose Winners: Abigail Vandenbergh, Nick Draughan, Lace Sweet, Brock Bruss

A-C CENTRAL ELEMENTARY P.E. The A-C Central Elementary classes 1st - 4th will be having their annual Jump-A-Thom on February 14, 2013. We will be jumping from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the gym at Chandlerville. Two weeks before on January 28, 2013 we will start our fundraising for the American heart Association and our jump rope unit in p.e. to prepare the students for this event. We will also be getting ready for our skating, which will be from March 11, 2013 to March 25, 2013. Roller skating forms will be sent out on February 4, 2013 and needs to be turned in by February 14, 2013. These have to be turned in by this date because of a 3-week advance notice for the skatetime people. The students have a great time at both events; please help them be prepared for both by getting forms turned in on time.

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