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AUGUST 2008 Volume 1 Issue 5


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August School Schedule August 6th & 7th - Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Unit Office - Registration: 8am - 12pm and 3pm - 7pm, Both Complexes August 19th - 1st Day of School (11:30am dismissal) August 20th - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00pm @ Unit Office August 11th - JHSB vs. Illini Central, 4:30pm @ Athens August 15th - JHSB vs. Illini Central, 4:30pm August 16th - JHSB A-C Tourney - JHBB A-C Tourney, 9:00 am August 18th - JHBB @ Carrollton, 4:30pm - JHSB @ Carrollton, 4:30pm August 19th - JHBB vs. Springfield Christian, 4:30pm - JHSB @ Havana, 4:30pm August 21st - JHBB vs. Springfield Calvary, 4:30pm - JHSB @ Christ the King, 4:30pm August 22nd - JHBB @ Virginia, 4:30pm - JHSB vs. Porta, 4:30pm August 25th - HS Golf @ Havana, 4:00pm - JHBB @ Our Savior, 4:30pm - JHSB vs. Our Saviors, 4:30pm August 26th - JHBB vs. Riverton, 4:30pm - JHSB vs. St. Agnes, 4:30pm August 27th - JHBB @ Pleasant Plains, 4:30pm - JHSB vs. Pleasant Plains, 4:30pm August 28th - JHBB vs. Athens, 10:00am - JHSB vs. Franklin, 4:30pm August 30th - HS Golf @ Bulldog Invite, 9:00am

TRACTOR AND PICK-UP PULL AUGUST 2 A tractor pull, sanctioned by the Illinois Tractor Puller's Association will be held in Ashland on Sat., August 2. Emcee Ed Cowman plans to begin the festivities around 1 p.m. There will be two Antique Classes: Hand-starts and Classics to 1960. Then the classes will be by weight: 5500, 6500, 9000, and 12,000 lb. Prizes, given from the generous donations of area businesses and the entry fees, will be awarded. Around 4:30 p.m., the pick-up pull will begin. Emcee Rob Hunt of Jacksonville will be calling for truck classes of Street, Modified, Street Diesel, Open Diesel, and, if time allows, competition between gas and diesel trucks. Local enthusiast and chairman, Seth Thornley, promises an exciting afternoon and evening. The Ashland Community Club will be selling sandwiches, chips, and drinks to benefit the Ashland Summer Days project. Come watch and support all the folks involved. Bring your lawn chair and sun hat!

Upcoming Events August 1, 2 & 3 - Decatur Fest August 2 - Tractor Pull & Truck Pull (Ashland) August 3 - Birthday Party for Betty Noel - New Beginnings Church basement. Everyone is welcome. No gifts, just cards and best wishes. Betty’s address is Box 474, Ashland. August 6 -School Committee of the Whole Meeting–7:00pm Unit Office August 6th and 7th -School Registration-Both Complexes-8am-12pm & 3pm-7pm August 8 - 17 - Illinois State Fair August 13 - Village of Ashland Board Meeting - 7pm August 19 -1st Day of School - 11:30 am Dismissal August 20 -Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm @ Unit Office August 21 - 23 - Chandlerville Burgoo August 21 -V.F.W. meeting at Firehouse, 7pm -American Legion meeting at Firehouse board room, 7:30pm September 2 - Ashland Woman’s Club meeting at Baptist Church fellowship hall - 1:30pm September 20 - Ashland City-Wide Garage Sales

Prairie Skies Library Hours: Ashland

Pleasant Plains

Mon & Wed : 9am - 7pm Tues & Thurs: 9am - 5pm Sat: 9am - 2pm

Mon & Wed: 9am - 5pm Tues & Thurs: 9am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 2pm

First Baptist Church A Grace-Driven Church "feeding the lambs" and "tending the sheep." Are you looking for a church with relevant messages for today's world? Are you looking for a church full of people who want to welcome you and help you grow? Then come and Worship with us at First Baptist Church. 221 W. Washington St. Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3678

Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30 am Bible Study - Monday 7:00 pm

Prentice Farmers Elevator 2303 Elevator Avenue Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3516 or 1.800.255.8659 James R. Blakeman, Manager 4 locations to serve you: Prentice, Philadelphia, Strawns Crossing, and Tallula.

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds.

BEREA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Edward J.Moretto Youth Minister, Diann L. Hoagland 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 Rev. Howard Chartier Sunday School - 9:00 am Sunday Worship - 10:00 am The Community Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first Sunday of each month @ 4pm. Questions should be directed to Sally Miller at 320-9271. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. L. Wayne Mollohan Youth Minister, Alice Kern Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 am 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 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Roosevelt Smith 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am Wednesday Prayer Service - 6:30 pm NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Terry Beauchamp Sunday Worship - 8:00 am Sunday School - 9:30 am 2nd Service - 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study - 5:45 pm (meal) Lesson until 7:00 pm Birthday Party for Betty Noel - Sunday August 3, @ 2pm. Everyone is welcome. No gifts, just cards and best wishes. Address is Box 474, Ashland.

Benefit for Lucian Hill


NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612

We will be closed August 28th (Thursday), 29th (Friday) and 30th (Saturday)

Hours: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday - Saturday


Closed Sundays & Mondays

There is a benefit being held at the Pleasant Plains Community Club Building in Pleasant Plains for Lucian Hill on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 2 - 8pm. There will be food, a silent auction, a 50/50, a bake sale and more. Lucian is now 7 months old and was born with a very rare birth defect called esophageal atresia. The birth defect appears in only one out of 4,500 babies. Lucian has to have another surgery and numerous procedures. Any donations can be made through any Illinois National Bank in the name of Lucian Hill benefit.

Milestone Birthdays & Anniversaries Belated Happy 85th Birthday - John Collins Also July 30, Paul Anderson, 92 yrs. Birthdays for the Month of August August 1 - Happy 80th Birthday, Betty Noel Aug 13th - Happy Birthday, Tom Votsmeier Anniversaries for the Month of August Aug 12th - Happy 62nd Anniversary, Bill & Mary Gardner Send us your birthdays and anniversaries!

J.R. Blair Named First Citizen Billy E Blair, Jr., known to most of us as “J.R.”, was named the First Citizen of Ashland at the recent Summer Celebration. J.R. was raised in Ashland, the son of Billy E. Sr. and the late Christine Blair. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1970 and Western Illinois University in 1974 with a B.S. in Business. He married the former Kathie Williams, and they have a son, Adam. One can hardly name a group that J.R. has not been involved with in our village. He is currently a member of the First Baptist Church, it’s choir, and the Community Choir. He is also President of the State Bank of Ashland, as well as a member of the A-C Central bleacher committee. He was instrumental in organizing the Sesquicentennial Celebration. He is Chairman of the Overall Economic Development Committee of Cass County. He was a Charter Member of the Ashland Jaycees, receiving the Outstanding District President Award in 1979. He was Village Treasurer from 1975 to 1984. He has served with the Youth Association, U-Help, Ashland High School Alumni Assoc, F.F.A., Boy Scouts, Committee of 10 consolidation Committee, and many other organizations. Because of the hard work, time, dedication, and giving of one’s self so charitably, he was named Ashland’s First Citizen. Congratulations, and THANKS, J.R.

RPA Farmers Co-op Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM Ashland Office 220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3936 Pleasant Plains Office 300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1331

Richland Office 3090 Richland Elevator Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1551

A-C Central FFA Chapter and Yearbook Staff will be serving lunch for the Illinois Pork Producers across from the grandstand at the Illinois State Fair, August 11th & 14th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Conference for Caregivers Older Family Members and Friends and Relatives Raising the Next Generation Saturday, August 16th 8:00am - 3:00pm Northfield Inn, Springfield Informational Exhibits open to the public from 8:00am - 12:00pm Presentations on: Medicare Fraud, Creating Safe Environments, Stress, Planning for the Future and much more.. Lunch Included For registration information, contact the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland 217.787.9234 or 1.800.252.2918 If you need respite care or transportation please let us know when you call. Funded through the Older Americans Act and Illinois General Revene Funds.

Stephenson Cleaners 113 Hardin Ashland, IL 62612 476-8862 CLEANING - PRESSING - LAUNDRY



A-C Central Bleacher Fundraising Events The Committee is currently working on two fundraising events for the month of September...a adults only golf/dance and carnival games for the whole family. Watch for details!!!

A GREAT IDEA – AND YOU CAN HELP GET IT STARTED!!! Many of know friends and relatives who have moved out of Ashland to be closer to doctors, relatives, shopping, etc. With the rising cost of fuel, we will see this happening even more. It is not just disabled or older folks, but all of us who are affected. Cass County leaders are aware of grants which are available from the state and federal governments to create a transportation system. Again, this would be usable by everyone -from young people with no vehicle who need to go shopping or to appointments, to elderly who no longer drive. Questionnaires are now available at local churches and the bank. PLEASE take time to fill one out, and if you have elderly, disabled, or otherwise needy family or friends, be sure to help them with the form. It is not long and is not to be signed. Questionnaires need to be returned by August 15th to the Bank, Allen’s Market, or the Crock Pot. Think of yourself and your family 5 or 10 years down the road and what your needs might be, also. It would be a wonderful thing for all of us, and help save our struggling small towns. The next meeting of the county transportation group will be Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm at Arenzville.

Newell Insurance Agency, Inc. A SUBSIDIARY OF THE STATE BANK OF ASHLAND E-mail: Newell Insurance Agency, Inc. 108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354

Jeffery A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell - Kristen Arthalony

“A Full Service Bank” PH. 400 E. Buchanan Street 217.476.3325 P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 FX. 217.476.3342 A BIG thank you to all who had a part in making the Ashland Summer Days a success--in spite of the rain!!

DIVISIONS OF NEWELL INSURANCE AGENCY Jack Frashier Insurance Frashier-Sudbrink Agency 117 S. Front Street 210-A Washington St. Virginia, IL 62691 Beardstown, IL 62618 217.452.7716 217.323.3018 Matt Petefish

Debbie Jones

Ashland Community Club still has Sesquicentennial DVD for $30 and cookbooks for $15. Available in our bank.

Summer Is Here And So Is The Heat! There Is No Better Time For An Ice Cream Treat!

Is Open Everyday! Be Sure To Treat Yourself And The Kids To Ice Cream Often. Don’t Forget To Take Some Home Today!! JUNCTION OF 123 & 125, ASHLAND Sunday– Thursday, 11am - 9pm Friday & Saturday, 11am - 10pm

MILDRED LEAHY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED The Ashland United Methodist Church is privileged to announce the winner of the Mildred Leahy Scholarship. This is the 17th year of being able to assist students who are working to further their education. This year a scholarship award goes to Katherine Beauchamp. She is the daughter of Terry and Rhonda Beauchamp and is a sophomore at the O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee. Katherine met all the requirements of the application, and her goals are such that she will be a benefit to our society. The Leahy Committee wishes to extend our congratulations to Katherine and to her family. We believe Mrs. Leahy would be pleased with our selection. We were also able to offer financial assistance to the 2nd Saturday Program at Ashland United Methodist Church. They touch many young lives with their ministry. This is what Mrs. Leahy chose to do, help the youth of our community.

Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums Furniture

Carpet Cleaning

Cell (217) 741-3758 Phone: (217) 476-3508

Car Interior

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

Have You Noticed…. - the new parking lines on our streets? - the bright interior of Anderson Auto I? - new folks in your neighborhood? Be sure to welcome them! - the new mailboxes in front of Dr. Lind Apartments? - the updates at James Park?

Would you like to advertise in our newsletter? Call 476.3764 or stop by Printers Ink at 116 N. Yates. Cost of ads per issue. 1/8 page - $15 1/4 page - $30 1/2 page - $45

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August 2008 - Ashland Scoop  

August 2008 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois

August 2008 - Ashland Scoop  

August 2008 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois