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FEBRUARY 2009 Volume 2 Issue 2


Fire Department Chili Cook-off The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department will host a Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the firehouse. Serving hours will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. This event will be free to the public. Come sample some of the area’s best (?) chili and vote for your favorite. While you are at the firehouse, check out a few of our additions. These include fire protective clothing, a thermal imaging camera, an air-filling station, a generator and new to us, a tanker. These improvements have been added over the past four years and greatly improve our response to emergency situations. While some of the cost of these items is covered by yearly dues and donations, much of the cost has been taken care of through government grants. So come sample some chili and see what’s new.

Community Club Trivia Night Feb. 21 The Ashland Community Club will sponsor a Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Baptist Church. Sloppy Joes, chips, drinks, and deserts will be offered for a donation, beginning at 5 pm. The game will begin at 6 pm, with Leigh Ann Allen asking the questions. Players will be charged $10 each, with a limit of 10 players per team. Prizes will be awarded. Come eat, play, or just watch. The more the merrier.

February School Schedule 1st ......... Fr BB vs. New Berlin, 6:15 pm 2nd ........ GROUND HOG DAY ……………... JH VB @ Our Saviours, 6:15 pm ……………... GBB @ Griggsville, 6:15 pm 3rd ......... JH VB @ St. Agnes, 6:15 pm ………………. HS BB vs. Pleasant Plains, 6:15 pm 5th ......... JH VB vs. Athens, 6:15 pm …………….. GBB vs. North Greene @ VHS, 6:15 pm 6th ......... HS BB vs Brown County, 9pm - 10pm 7th ......... FR BB @ Beardstown, 10 am 9th…………WINTER SPIRIT WEEK ……………….JH VB vs. Greenview, 6:15 pm ……………...FR BB vs. Riverton, 6:15 pm 10th ....... WINTER SPIRIT WEEK .............. JH VB @ Havana, 6 pm .............. HS BB @ Winchester, 6:15 pm 11th ....... WINTER SPIRIT WEEK .............. SCIENCE FAIR .............. MID-TERM 12th ....... LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY .............. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES .. ……………SCHOOL DISMISS AT 2:15 .............. WINTER SPIRIT WEEK .............. Fr BB @ IL Central, 6:00 pm .............. JH VB @ Virginia, 6:15 pm 13th ....... PARENT/TEACHER CONF.–NO SCHOOL .............. WINTER SPIRIT WEEK .............. HS BB @ Routt, 6:15 pm 14th ....... VALENTINE’S DAY ……………….Edinburg FR/So Tourney 16th……… PRESIDENT’S DAY– NO SCHOOL ............. Edinburg Fr/So Tourney 17th ....... Edinburg Fr/So Tourney .............. JH VB @ Pleasant Plains, 5:30 pm .............. HS BB vs. Porta, 6:15 pm 18th ....... Edinburg Fr/So Tourney ……………...SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 19th ....... Edinburg Fr/So Tourney .............. JH VB @ Illini Central, 6:00 pm 20th ....... Edinburg Fr/So Tourney .............. HS BB @ Calvary, 6:15 pm 21st ....... Edinburg Fr/So Tourney 24th ....... JH VB @ Calvary, 5:30 pm 25th……….ASH WEDNESDAY 26th……… JH BB vs. St. Aloysius, 6:15 pm 28th……….JH VB Athens Tourney, 6:15 pm

CHURCH DIRECTORY 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 Wednesday Night Youth Group-7:00 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. Roosevelt Smith 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am Wednesday Prayer Service - 6:30 pm Choir Practice - 7:30 Youth Second Saturday - 10am - 2pm 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

Look For Our Upcoming Events! March 30th Ashland Tea 7:00 pm Samantha Boston March 31st Pleasant Plains Tea 7:00 pm Samantha Boston

2009 LENTEN SERVICES PLANNED The Ashland/Pleasant Plains Ministerial Association has scheduled the following Community Lenten Worship services for 2009. Each service will begin at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome. Please plan to attend as we anticipate the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Mar 1 Mar 8 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 5 Apr 10 Apr. 12

Ashland United Methodist Church Ashland First Baptist Church Berea Christian Church Ashland Church of Christ New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church Good Friday Service- Pleasant Plains Church of Christ – 7:00 p.m.* Easter Sunrise Service – Richland Creek Baptist Church - 6:30 a.m.

* Refreshments to follow each service with the exception of after the Good Friday service.

First Baptist Church A Grace-Driven Church "feeding the lambs" and "tending the sheep." 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

Jesus’ Valentine Message: Yours Forever

Ladies’ Prayer Breakfast Schedule 2008-2009 2009

Feb. 7 - Ashland Church of Christ Mar. 7 - New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Apr. 4 - Ashland United Methodist May 2 - Ashland First Baptist “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.” - Phillipians 4:6 *Meet each month @ 9:00 am - Each group responsible for making arrangements if schedule change is needed.* Contact person for each church:

Dorothy Taylor - Methodist - 476-3581 Marcia Masten - Richland Creek - 691-5469 Glenda Schleyhahn - First Baptist - 476-8829 Becky King - New Beginnings - 891-3454 Betty Higgason - Church of Christ - 476-3824 Elaine Roth - St. Augustine - 476-3984

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CASS COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION ESSAY WINNERS The 6th grade science classes participated in the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Essay contest. Molly Betters won first place for A-C Central Jr. High and Cass County. She will be invited to attend a banquet to read his essay. Alexis Brewers placed second for A-C Central Jr. High and Westin Duckwiler placed third for A-C Central Jr. High. Congratulations to all participants!!

L-R: Westin Duckwiler, Molly Betters, Alexis Brewers

DECEMBER 2008 STUDENT OF THE MONTH Courtney Nicole Bedtka, 8th grade daughter of Carol Bedtka, Ashland, and Gary Bedtka, Chandlerville, was selected as the December Student of the Month. She is active in Softball, Girls Basketball, and Volleyball. Courtney enjoys volunteering at the Cass County Food Pantry and is a member of the Laurel United Methodist Church and Youth Group. Courtney is now eligible for Student of the Year in May. Congratulations Courtney!

A-C CENTRAL JR. HIGH PARTICIPATES IN ENVIROTHON CONTEST The A-C Central Jr. High students participated in the Envirothon Contest sponsored by the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Department. Four students competed in two teams. Participants were Cerys Boston, Austin Fields, Allyson Quick and Parrish Smith. This team only missed 1 question and placed 1st in the competition. This is the eighth year in a row that a team from A-C Central Jr. High has won the competition. The sponsor for the Envirothon team is Dena Leinberger.

L-R: Austin Fields, Allyson Quick, Parrish Smith, Cerys Boston

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Newell Insurance Agency, Inc. 108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354 Jeffery A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell - Kristen Arthalony

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

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Wallbaum Development Inc. Plumbing-Heating-Air Conditioning Backhoe-Trenching 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, Illinois 62612 Phone:476-3595 We Do It All In Just 1 Call! Jim - Todd - Travis

Birthdays & Anniversaries February Birthdays 1 - Kaitlin Throgmorton 6 - Nance Bryant 7 - Cynthia Gutmann 9 - Graham Rieken 12 – Abraham Lincoln - 200 Yrs. 15 - John Cosner 17 - George Jokisch 17 - Julie Roland 22 - George Washington 22 - Elliott Thornley 22 - Jim Davis - Happy 82nd 24 - Julie Hultquist 25 - Stacey Eskew - 14 Yrs. 25 - Bill Gruen 27– Ron Plattner February Anniversaries 14 - Stan & Jeanne Fulton - 35th

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First Gold Club February 17, 2009 Ashland Luncheon & Bingo Baptist Church Hall at 12 p.m. Contact Linda Klauber at 476-3325 Or Activity & Tour Director, Nance Bryant, at 476-3508.

AHS Class of '78 WOW! It was 30 years ago that the largest class ever to pass through the doors of the Ashland High School building embarked upon their adulthood with the same conquer-the-world attitude of all classes! On a blustery, Saturday evening, December 27th, 2008, a few discovered that they haven't changed a bit! A very impromptu reunion was held at the Old Yatesville School that evening, with twelve classmates and a few reluctant spouses in attendance. There was lots of food and lots of laughs about about old times! Many pictures were shared of children and even GRANDchildren! The evening flew by too quickly, and everyone promised to get together much more often and to stay in touch this time! E-mail addresses were shared and there was even talk of starting a web page so that other classmates might be located. The meager numbers were due in large part to the fact that the search for fellow classmates didn't even begin until November. Phone calls went out and by word of mouth, 25-30 classmates were contacted. So...where were you? Something "come up"? Well, if you missed it, so sorry, it truly was your loss. If you weren't contacted, sincerest apologies, and...where are you? If you wish to be on an e-mail list or mailing list in the future, please contact: Lana (Kelly) Pfaffe PO Box 151 Ashland, IL 62612 Ph. 217-415-0558 (C)

Beth (Gardner) Cosner 2723 Panther Grove Road Ashland, IL 62612 Ph. 217-451-0381 (C) Ph. 217-452-3250 (H)

State Bank of Ashland Announces One Retirement and Three Promotions Shirley A. Edwards has retired from the State Bank of Ashland after serving 31 years. Shirley has worked as a drive-up teller, a teller in the Main bank, bookkeeping, new accounts and IRA’s. Gaileh M. Tice was promoted to Vice President. She is also Cashier and Data Processing Manager. She has been employed at the State Bank of Ashland since 1973. Linda J. Klauber was promoted to Assistant Vice President. She is also an Assistant Trust Office and the Human Resource Manager. Linda has been with the bank for 24 years. Alicia A. Hager was promoted to Assistant Vice President-Lending. She has been employed at the State Bank of Ashland since January 1994. She has worked in several areas of the bank, but has been in the lending department since 1995, and promoted to Loan Officer in 1998.

Make plans to attend the annual Berea Christian Church OYSTER SOUP and CHILI SUPPER on Saturday, February 28 from 11 am until 7 pm. This all-the-soup-youcan-eat supper also includes homemade pie, crackers, pickles, and a beverage. Ticket cost for the supper is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, and is free for children 4 and under. Tickets are available from church members or may be purchased at the door. Carry-out is available. Please bring your own containers. Berea Christian Church is located 6 miles south of Ashland on Route 123.

METHODIST CHURCH SECOND SATURDAYS Second Saturday is open to all children in the community who are between 3 years of age (potty-trained, please) and 5th grade. Lunch is served. We meet from 10:00-2:00 in the basement of the Methodist Church at 300 W. Editor.

Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day March 14 St. Patrick’s Day April 11 Easter May 9 Mother’s Day

Eskew Racing is gearing up for another year of racing by sponsoring a race party on February 7th at Sheppards Race Track bar. The party begins at 6 pm with free food. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, DJ music, a live auction, and two special raffles for a gas card and a Wal-mart card. The bar is located about one mile east of Alexander on Old Rt 36. Come eat and join in the fun at the auction. VOLUNTEER WANTED The Cass County Food Pantry, a Not-for-Profit charitable organization located in Virginia, is in need of an unpaid Volunteer who is willing to work hard and train to work as an assistant to the Food Pantry Director. This food pantry serves all individuals in Cass County who have need of food assistance. The ideal person will be someone who is probably retired, tired of sitting around the house, and is looking for something to do. This person will be selected by the Board of Directors from those individuals who may be interested in accepting this challenge. For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Judy Savage (476-8895) or Rev. Wayne Mollohan (476-3678)

FIREMAN’S ANNUAL PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the firehouse. Serving hours will be from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. This event is one of two fundraisers conducted by the fire department to help generate funds for the maintenance and improvement of fire service to the community. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Advance tickets are available from any firefighter.

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BITS-N-PIECES SENIOR SAINTS The Senior Saints will be going to T.O’s Pizza in Virginia on February 21st at 5:30 pm. Please make your reservations by calling 476-8848 by Feb. 21st. OLD-FASHIONED SQUARE DANCES… Many of you learned to square dance in school, or at Yatesville years ago--or last summer. Some of you have never tried it. It's never too late to learn or get better at it. It's wonderful exercise and the people you meet are great. Come join us in Jacksonville, at Nichols Park Pavilion, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on February 8, March 1st, or April 5. Bringing a partner is not necessary--there are always extras. Jim Davis calls to the music of Judy, Lois, and Friends. BALLROOM DANCING CONTINUES… Every Friday from 8 to 11 p.m., great ballroom dances are held at the V.F.W. on the old Jacksonville Road in Springfieldunder the water tower. Local band, Judy Kaye and Friends, will be there for your dancing pleasure on Feb. 6, and Feb. 27. Come join the fun--dance to swing, Latin, waltz, polka, you name it!! ASHLAND COMMUNITY CLUB MEETING Anyone interested in helping plan Trivia Night and Summer Days is invited to the next meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm. This is a change from an earlier announced date. The meeting is held in the village hall. FOR SALE Butcher block kitchen table and four matching chairs, all in very good condition. Asking $75.00. Call 476-3346. FOR SALE 1992 Ford F150 XLT truck, 5.8; V8; extended cab; 8-foot bed; tow package. Truck has 163,000 miles and has been very well maintained. $3500 OBO. Call 652-1925. THANK YOU The A-C Boosters would like to thank everyone for supporting Our concessions at the Jr. High Volleyball Tourney in Chandlerville. It is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and we couldn’t do it without your help. A special thanks to Albert Dowland, the Carlinville Coach for the $100 donation. THANK YOU The Ashland Volunteer Fireman did a wonderful job saving my home on January 1. If they had not arrived and worked so quickly to contain the fire, the entire home would have been gone. Special thanks to Chuck Green, Larry Cave, Kim Scholes, Sue Werner, and all those who have been so helpful since the fire. Angela Fox Smith BIG BAND DANCE NIGHT The Ashland V.F.W. and American Legion are joining forces to sponsor a Big Band Dance fund-raiser on March 21 at 7pm at Yatesville School. Judy Kaye and Friends will be playing the hits of the 40’s and 50’s (and a few newer tunes!) For only $5 each, you can dance or listen and visit with your friends! Refreshments will be available. Come join the fun! ASHLAND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING There will be a meeting of the Ashalnd High School Alumni on Sunday March 29th at 2pm. The meeting will be held at Yatesville School. Plans will be made for the upcoming Alumni banquet to be held on May 23rd. (Memorial Day weekend)

V.F.W Meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. 3rd Monday each month at the Firehouse. AMERICAN LEGION POST 498 Meets monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday each month at the Firehouse. ASHLAND WOMENS CLUB… Meets the first Tuesday - 1:30pm - @ Baptist Church Hall. All ladies welcome! ASHLAND U-HELP Any student may apply for up to $500 loan with an interest rate of 3%. Applications are available at the State Bank of Ashland. VILLAGE OF ASHLAND SRING YARD SALES City wide spring yard sales are April 18, 2009. The next Village Board meeting will be February 11th at 7 p.m. PLEASANT PLAINS MASONS CHILI SUPPER February 6, 2009 at Pleasant Plains Community Building Serving from 4-8 p.m. ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal our land. During WWII, a group was organized who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect. There is now a group organizing the same thing here in America. United States needs prayer now more than ever!!! If you would like to participate: each evening at 8:00 PM Central time, stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, for peace in the world, the up-coming election, that the Bible will remain the basis for the laws governing our land and that Christianity will grow in the U.S. Most people know the power of prayer. We here in Ashland do!! Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Pass this on to anyone you think will want to join us. May God Bless You!!! CHESS CLUB - 7:00 PM EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT ASHLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST Open to everyone - young and older, those who want to play & those who would like to learn to play. PLEASANT PLAINS COMMUNITY CLUB DOLLAR-A-MONTH RAFFLE The Pleasant Plains Community Club is selling DOLLAR-AMONTH raffle tickets which are $12.00 each. A monthly prize of $500 will be given away the first Tuesday of every month beginning Feb. 3, 2009 and continuing through January 2010. The drawn ticket will be returned to the barrel and given the chance to win again. Soooo, a person could win 12 times! Contact any Pleasant Plains Community club member or call Ann Tapscott at 652-8299, Shirley Theilen at 415-2976 or Debbie Hill at 415-0540. GET YOUR WINNING TICKET TODAY!!! DANCE AT KNOLLWOOD RETIREMENT VILAGE On Sunday, February 15, take your sweetie to a Valentine Party at Knollwood Village in Jacksonville. They want to show off their facilities and have a party for residents and area people. Judy Kaye and Friends will be playing your favorite oldies from 2 to 4 pm. Knollwood Village is west off Westgate not far south of Passavant Hospital. Watch for signs Come

8TH GRADE A-C VOLLEYBALL BEGIN SEASON The 2009 8th Grade Lady Knight volleyball team began its season by going 1-2 in its own tourney. The Knights began the tournament with a win against Triopia 25-10; 25-10. Daerial DeGroot served up 12 points with 3 aces and had 3 kills for the Knights. Carmen Savage had 9 points, 6 aces and 2 kills. April Leinberger added 8 points with 3 aces and Tayler Ruppel had 5 points and 2 aces. Sicely Nicholas served up 4 points and had 4 assists. In the second match of the tournament, the Knights faced a tough serving Lincolnwood team losing the first game of the match 12-25. The Knights did a much better job in the second game as they pulled out an exciting 30-28 win. Carmen Savage led the Knights with 6 points and 2 aces while April Leinberger added 5 points and 2 digs. Courtney Bedtka had 3 kills and 5 digs followed by Lauren Pfaffe with 3 digs. Sicely Nicholas added 4 assists. The Knights then had to face Carlinville in bracket play and lost a tough match 24-26; 25-20; 15-17. Courtney Bedtka led the Knights with 9 points and 2 aces. Carmen Savage followed with 8 points, 2 aces and 7 kills. April Leinberger and Daerial DeGroot both added 5 points and DeGroot had 6 digs followed by Leinberger with 3. Tayler Ruppel added 6 kills while Sicely Nicholas served up 3 points and 2 aces, had 4 kills, 12 assists and 4 digs. Lauren Pfaffe added 3 points on 3 aces and 3 digs. The 8th Grade Lady Knights begin the season at 1-2.

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A-C Central GOLDEN LOTTERY DAILY DRAWING Bleacher Fundraiser

To purchase your ticket, mail this completed form and a check payable to A-C Central Bleacher Fund to: A-C Central CUSD #262, Golden Lottery Daily Drawing, P.O. Box 260, Ashland, Il 62612


PRIZES: $500 - St. Patrick’s Day, March 17; $250 - March 1 and 31; $100 - Sundays, March 8, 15, 22, 29; $50 - all other days in March Winning numbers determined by the Illinois State Lottery EVENING Pick 3 Drawing for the Month of March, 2009 Each $10 ticket has up to 31 chances to win and could win more than once!

Name____________________________________________ Address__________________________________________ City______________________State________Zip_________ Phone___________________________ Prizes for winning numbers will be mailed weekly. For more information, please call the A-C Central Unit Office at (217) 476-8112. All proceeds used to pay for new bleachers at the Ashland complex.

EXTRA, EXTRA! SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The Ashland Scoop Committee would like to offer the newsletters by subscription. This would be great for out-of-town people who can’t make it in to pick one up. It also would be make a great gift for those relatives who have moved away and want to keep up with local news. Cost is $1.50 per month, or $18.00 per year.

Please send requests to: Ashland Scoop c/o Printers Ink PO Box 193 Ashland, IL 62612 Newsletters will be mailed out the first week of each month.

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February 2009 - Ashland Scoop  

February 2009 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois

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