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The Scoop Newsletter

January 2013 Volume 7 - Issue 01


HOG RAFFLE Winner will receive one half-hog processed With four winners will be drawn. $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 Drawing to be held February 12, 2013 At the conclusion of the JH Volleyball Game Need not be present to win Proceeds to benefit A-C Central Post Prom 2013 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


Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865

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

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. Pam Hoffman 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Terry Beauchamp Sunday School for all ages@ 9:10-10:00 am 2nd Service - 10:15 am YOUTH4TRUTH @ 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesday Corporate Prayer @ 7:00 pm Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ 8:00 am

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

Ladies Prayer Breafkast Schedule 2013 Jan. 5 Ashland First Baptist 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

Enjoy delicious, refreshing soups and salads on the third Thursday of the month at the Ashland First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 221 W. Washington St., Ashland IL A delicious soup and salad bar will be offered to individuals 60 years of age or older from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged but not necessary, call (217) 479-4619. A suggested donation of $4.00 is asked to cover the cost of the meal. No person will be denied a meal due to a monetary contribution less than the suggested donation. More of a donation is also welcome! Sponsored by: Prairie Council on Aging’s Bread of Love Program (217) 479-4619

The Christmas Light contest was a huge success. Thank you to everyone in our community for their festive displays. With so many wonderful decorations, it was a challenge deciding on the winners. First prize went to Carrie Grieme with honorable mentions going to Robin Waters, James & Wendy Prater, Richie & Janet Smock, Rita & Tom Devlin, Marc & Stephanie Lindsey, Bob & Phyllis Sutphin, Marshall Jokisch and Lindsay Parks. Congratulations. We have received bids for the supplier for Ashland’s electrical aggregation program. The company with the lowest bid is First Energy of Ohio Valley. Their bid is 4.194 cents per kilowatt and the term is for 3 years. The estimated savings for a household using 850 to 950 kilowatts per month would be approximately $135 to $150 per year. You will not be asked to sign up for electrical aggregation but rather given the option to opt out. You will receive a notice on Village letterhead and another letter from Ameren discussing opting out of the program. If you want to be part of the electrical aggregation program, you do not need to do anything. There was a company going door to door in other communities misrepresenting themselves as a way to sign up for electrical aggregation. Their contract has financial penalties involved to discontinue it and they are NOT actually signing people up for electrical aggregation. 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.

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

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

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

January Anniversaries 3rd - Bill & Glenda Schleyhahn 24th - Bill & Elaine Roth

January Birthdays 4 - Neal Kesselring 7 - Logan Jokisch 11 - Terri Devlin 15 - Wanda Williams 15 - Marty Lathom 23 - Helen Danenberger 24 - Wayne Stevens 27 - Timothy Parsons Heather

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

Gift Cert ificates are avail able.

Call for an appointment today and get Shellacked!! Creative cards by Angela available at Amity Nail Spa.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree where art thou Christmas tree? On the corner of Yates and Editor of course, on the empty lot across from the Municipal Building. It seems a small town called Ashland was looking for some Christmas cheer when a very nice lady named Bernice Mileur said I have a large tree I no longer need. I will give it to the Village of Ashland, it will look pretty there. So some special “Elves” were contacted, and to work they all went, they set up the big tree and decorated it just so. They added the lights so glowing and bright and was heard to exclaim, “we want it to be seen all through the night!” They added a sleight and eight tiny reindeer, and all who saw it were filled with good cheer. As town folks drove by they were heard to exclaim, “Christmas has come to Ashland so glowing and bright”, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!” Thank You Bernice! ( Poem written by Nancy Heather)


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

Prentice Farmers Elevator 2303 Elevator Avenue Ashland, IL 62612

Darrin Smith Owner

217.476.3516 or 1.800.255.8659 James R. Blakeman, Manager 4 locations to serve you:

Prentice, Philadelphia, Strawns Crossing, and Tallula.

16693 Newmansville Avenue Petersburg, Illinois 62675

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

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds. Ph: (217) 971-4571

Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612

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

Thanks to all for your patronage in 2012, and best wishes for 2013 from all of us at Allen’s Market. Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


Carpet Cleaning Car Interior

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

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

MATT GREER President

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

THANK YOU... The family of Tom Kofoed would like to thank everyone for their generous acts of kindness, for memorials, flowers, and words of encouragement during Thom’s illness and since his passing. All of this was deeply appreciated. THANK YOU... I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and concerns for me while I was in the hospital and my recovery at home. I would like to thank the staff at both Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital for the excellent care I received while there. Also a big thank you to Pastor David McHenry and Pastor Sherry Hayes for their visits. A special thanks goes to my wife Linda and daughters Cindy and Kelly for their support throughout my surgery and recovery. Also thank you to my son-in-laws Jeff and Ed and nephew Tim for taking care of the farm and cattle. - Charlie Turner

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. HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2013…. We wish everyone a happy and safe New Year. The Ashland “Scoop” committee and the staff of Printers Ink.

FOR SALE…….. M.T.D. Snow thrower. Runs good, 2-cycle $75.00 or B.O. Contact Dave King at 415-1509

NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612



RPA Farmers Co-op

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


3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677


Pleasant Plains


300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612



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


Melvin Dale DeGroot, 83, of Ashland, IL went to meet the Lord on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Dale was born April 26, 1929 in rural Ashland; the son of Silas Haven and Grace Erma Smith DeGroot. He married Joan Lewis on May 25, 1950 in Ashland and she survives. He is also survived by three sons, Melvin Dennis DeGroot (wife, Kay) and Jerry Darren DeGroot (wife, Victoria), all of Ashland, and Lewis David DeGroot of Punta Gorda, FL; seven grandchildren, Derek DeGroot (wife, Mindy) of Ashland, Dacia Grimm (husband, Matt) of Auburn, Darci McLaughlin (husband, Doug) of New Windsor, Stormi Moriarity (husband, Tom) of Cambridge, Holli DeGroot of Nokomis, FL, and Sara and Drew DeGroot, both of Ashland; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Silas Weldon DeGroot (wife, Mary) of Port Charlotte, FL; an uncle, Russell M. Smith of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beverly Joy DeGroot and Anna Luetta Bailey. Dale was a 1950 graduate of Ashland High School. He farmed in Cass County for over 40 years before his retirement in 1989. He served as Ashland Township Clerk for 35 years and was currently serving as a township trustee. He was a member and Deacon at Richland Creek Baptist Church and formerly served as Sunday School superintendent for the First Baptist Church in Ashland. He was also a member and past master of Virginia Masonic Lodge #544. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Richland Creek Baptist Church, north of Pleasant Plains, with burial at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland.

D. Keith Gregory, 64, of Ashland, IL died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at his residence. He was born September 4, 1948 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Donald Lee and Florence Eloise Neese Gregory. He married Doris Petefish on June 24, 1979 in Jacksonville and she survives. He is also survived by five siblings, Richard Ator (wife, Sharon) of South Jacksonville, Brenda Wildhagen of Woodson, Theresa Stutler (husband, Karl) of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin Gregory (wife, Becky) of Springfield, and Darrell Gregory (wife, Jani) of Effingham and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Vickie Gregory. Keith was a 1966 graduate of Winchester High School. He attended Robert Morris College in Carthage before graduating from Illinois College in 1971. He was a teacher and baseball coach for Ashland and A-C Central Junior High School for 37 years and drove a school bus for the schools for over 40 years. He also served three terms as Mayor for the Village of Ashland. For many years, he sponsored educational trips for students to Washington, DC and overseas. He also volunteered his time to coach in the Ashland Youth Baseball program and as a leader with Boy Scouting in the Ashland area. He was an instructor and past president of the Capitol Canine Training Club and was devoted to his beloved extended family of dogs including Sueling, Copper, Ryder and Riley. In his spare time, he loved fishing trips to Branson, MO with his wife. At his request, cremation rites were accorded. Memorial services were held Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Berea Christian Church, south of Prentice, with interment at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland.

Dorothy E. Taylor, 91, of Ashland, IL died Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born March 1, 1921 in Springfield, the daughter of Henry W. and Lena Jacquot Schuster. She married Doyle Thomas Taylor on July 15, 1945 at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1999. She is survived by a son, Dale T. Taylor (wife, Jane) of Oakford; two granddaughters, Michelle McHenry (husband, Shawn) of Oakford and Monica Reed (husband, Dave) of Williamsville; four great grandchildren, Mallory and Taylor Ann McHenry and Eric and Ashley Reed; seven adopted grandchildren through the Youth For Understanding program, Geli Ebel of Germany, Kirsi Makinin of Finland, Franziska Keller of Switzerland, Silje Lea of Norway, and Ben Walz, Sarah Dudda, and Resi Wetzel, all of Germany; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Viola Cartwright. Mrs. Taylor was a 1939 graduate of Springfield High School and attended Illinois Business College and several tax seminars presented by the University of Illinois. She was an accountant and income tax practitioner in the Ashland area from 1961 until 2009. Dorothy was a devoted member and former treasurer of the Ashland United Methodist Church. She was also a long time member of Ashland United Methodist Women, Ashland Women’s Club, Triple Link Rebekah Lodge in Springfield, and the Berea Unit of Morgan County Home Extension. She also served as the assistant superintendent of the culinary department at the Illinois State Fair for 27 years. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Ashland United Methodist Church in Ashland with burial at Ashland Cemetery.

NEWS FLASHES FROM THE PLEASANT PLAINS COMMUNITY CLUB 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.

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

JOSEPH RATLIFF NAMED STUDENT OF THE MONTH AT A-C CENTRAL Congratulations to Joseph Ratliff for being selected Student of the Month for November at A-C Central High School. Mr. Ratliff is the son of Amy Ratliff and Allen Bright of Ashland. Joseph is a leader both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by his involvement in various school activities. He is a member of the Marching, Concert and Pep Band, Scholastic Bowl, Bass Fishing team (Captain), FFA (Secretary), STAR, and is the Senior Class President. Away from school Joseph is the President of Ashland Bass Assassins, is his 4-H club Reporter and is involved in his church youth group. Mr. Ratliff plans on attending the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana majoring in Ag Business Management. Congratulations to Joseph Ratliff on this significant honor!

Rick Allen 6959 Farmington Cemetery Rd

Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Plumbing - Heating Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching

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

Phone: (217)476-3595

20 Years Experience Fully Insured

Painting, Siding, Windows, Doors, Trim, Hardwood, Decks, Remodeling, and Basement Finishing

Allen Home Improvements 217-725-4331 U.S. Marine Veteran

PSPLD BOTH LOCATIONS JANUARY 2013 – MARCH 2013 READING – PROGRAMS – PRIZES Once again it is Adult Reading Tournament Time!! @ Prairie Skies Public Library District. Just fill out a ticket for every book or other manner of reading that you return to enter our contest drawing held each week. The Grand Prize will be drawn at the end of March. JANUARY: Getting Started --- READ!! FEBRUARY: Internet Safety & Identity Theft Program MARCH: Patron Appreciation Day – Refreshments & Jr. High Speech Students DATES & TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED


Prairie Skies Public Library District LAP SIT PROGRAMS -- STORIES & CRAFTS -st 1 & 3rd Mondays @ Ashland 2nd & 4th Mondays @ Pleasant Plains 10:00 AM @ both locations *********** Best Wishes in the New Year to our Patrons, Families & Friends from Everyone at PSPLD

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

“The Day We’re Living In” Don’t think that it’s unusual To see things such as these It’s all Bible fulfillment Our very lives are under seize. There’s trouble on every hand Like there has never been Circumstance is not the blame, It’s the day we’re living in.

Simply “Alneta”

Life is so uncertain With so many enemies We’re losing friends and family By murder and disease. The workplace is a target Our nerves are wearing thin Satan’s working overtime In the day we’re living in.

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

Lawlessness has overtaken So the criminals go free Honest men don’t have a chance And are among the minority. Good morlas have diminished Cause we’ve let our standards down And anymore, there’s no such thing As “A peaceful little town.” With the “decline of the family” Our children are untrained Since the Bible is not opened The truth is unexplained. Their innocence is vunerable So easily overpowered They wind up in a lion’s den Where they are quickly devoured. So finally we ask ourselves “Where have we gone wrong?” The only honest answer is, “We’ve denied our GOD too long.” Our world is in an awful shape All because of “sin” We sure do need a “Savior” In the day we’re living in. The Bible says, “Save yourselves” “From this untoward generation” Keep your eyes upon the Lord Seek out your soul’s Salvation The Devil’s on a rampage There’s fear throughout the land And in the day we’re living in, Who will be able to stand! © 1994

Alneta Knowles

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