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APRIL 2009 Volume 2 Issue 4


Please bring all articles and appliances to the dumpster at city hall between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There will be a $7.50 charge and a sticker for appliances. If we need to pickup articles at your residence, you will have to notify city hall and there will be a $5.00 charge. No tires, batteries, paint cans, yard waste, or garbage. Please do not go through the dumpsters. Any questions, you may contact city hall at 217-476-3317 APRIL SPRING ROCK SALE ASHLAND RESIDENTS ONLY

The village of Ashland is having the spring rock sale during the month of April. Price will be $20.00 per ton. No ton limit. All orders must be prepaid before delivery. To order, contact city hall at 217-476-3317 SPRING COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALES APRIL 18TH

April School Schedule 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 7th 9th 10th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 20th 21st

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.............. April Fool’s Day .............. BB vs W. Central - 4:30 pm .............. SB vs W. Central - 4:30 pm .............. IHSA Organizational Contest .............. CCHD Rescreen - 4 pm to 5 pm .............. SB vs Porta - 4:30 pm .............. BB Redbird Classic .............. IHSA Organizational Contest .............. SB vs Griggsville - 4:30 pm .............. BB @ Brown County - 4:30 pm .............. SB @ Brown County - 4:30 pm .............. Maundy Thursday - Dismiss @ 2:15 .............. BB vs Brown County - 4:30 pm .............. SB vs Brown County - 4:30 pm .............. Good Friday - No School .............. BB @ Rushville - 4:30 pm .............. No School .............. BB @ Beardstown - 4:30 pm .............. No School .............. No School .............. BB vs New Berlin - 4:30 pm .............. No School .............. JVBB @ Pawnee - 4:30 pm .............. No School .............. Sectional Fishing Tournament .............. JV/VSB vs Havana - 4:30 pm .............. SB vs South Fulton - 4:30 pm .............. BB vs Athens - 4:30 pm .............. JVBB vs Rushville .............. BB vs Triopia - 4:30 pm .............. SB vs Triopia - 4:30 pm .............. JVBB @ Pittsfield .............. JV/VSB @ Athens .............. BB @ Triopia - 4:30 pm .............. SB @ Triopia - 4:30 pm .............. Mid-term .............. BB @ Palmyrs - 4:30 pm .............. Musical - 7:00 pm .............. Musical - 1:00 pm .............. JVBB vs Beardstown - 4:30 pm .............. BB vs Routt - 4:30 pm .............. SB vs Routt - 4:30 pm .............. BB vs Pleasant Plains - 4:30 pm .............. BB @ Routt - 4:30 pm .............. SB @ Routt - 4:30 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

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. Apr 5

Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church

Apr 10

Good Friday Service - P. Plains Church of Christ 7:00 p.m.*

Apr. 12

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

Beat the Easter rush! Come to Church this Sunday!

Events at First Baptist Church Youth Group - meetings at 7:00 pm each Wednesday for elementary and junior high age children. Family Movie Night - Look for Family Movie Night to return in late March or early April. Crocodile Dock - where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light. Yes, that’s right, it is time to plan Vacation Bible School. The dates are July 19-23 from 6:00-8:30 pm each evening, so mark your calendars now. We will also be serving a light supper again this year at 5:30 for the kids and volunteers. We need lots of volunteers to make this week a success - so, if you’d like to help, please call Alice Kern at 899-1978. Ladies’ Prayer Breakfast Schedule 2009 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:

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6th Grade, L-R: Becca Wegs, Carrie Allen, Westin Duckwiler, Megan Anderson, Chrystal Haselett

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Ross William Cloninger of Chandlerville was named the February Student of the Month at A-C Central Junior High. He is the 8th grade son of Todd and Delana Cloninger. Ross is an active member of the Track team and played basketball all three years he has been at the Junior High. Students are chosen by staff members with the criteria including good work ethic, outstanding behavior and overall good attitude. John and Jen Davin of Livingston are the parents of daughter Madelyn Ann Davin, born February 9, 2009. She weighed 6lbs, 12.3 oz and was 18 1/2 inches long. Grandparent are Steve and Cindy Zielezinski of Tinley Park and Pat and Marilyn Davin of Pleasant Plains. Great Grandmothers are Luella Davin of Ashland and Eda Johnson of Alexander.

7th Grade, L-R: Brian Koch, Shelbi Thornley, Sydnee Henry, Rachel Smith, Craig Houchin, Summer Koehler. (Not Pictured: Kelsey Boosinger)

8th Grade, L-R: Coleman Logue, Kyuss Buker, Alli Jacobs, April Leinberger, Jonas Volkman, Lisa Jennings. (Not Pictured: Joey Petefish)

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A-C CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL A-C Central High School Junior & Senior Parents are hosting a post prom party at the Springfield Racquet & Fitness Center after the prom on May 2, 2009. Prom night is one of the most exciting and memorable nights for high school students: however, it can be one of the most dangerous. Our goal is to provide a safe, drugfree, and alcohol-free environment. Students that attend the post prom party are locked in for the night, thus providing a fun and safe place for our students and peace of mind for parents. The party will feature fun activities, food, entertainment, and prizes. Each year we have almost every junior and senior registered to attend along with their guest. We have such high attendance because students look forward to the event each year. The success of this event largely depends upon the effort put forth by many individuals and organizations. The post prom party is funded by donations from businesses, friends, and families. In order to provide our students with a safe fun environment, monetary donations are needed. Any amount is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to: A-C Central High School Post Prom, and mail to: Melissa Mohr, 2334 Hwy 23, Ashland, Illinois 62612

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First Gold Club Barn Dinner Theater Cash on Delivery Goodfield, IL April 5th, 2009 $92.00 Deposit - $46.00 Contact Linda Klauber at 476-3325 or Activity & Tour Director, Nance Bryant, at 476-3508.

FRONT: Alexis Snyder, Tiffany Homer, Breann Knapp, Natane Butler, Carrie Allen. MIDDLE: Becca Wegs, Sydnee Henry, McKenzie Stephens, Bailee Smith, Emma Lynn. BACK: Shelbi Thornley, Allyson Quick, Madalyn Elder, Kaitlin Throgmorton, Sabrena Reek A-C CENTRAL 7TH GRADE LADY KNIGHTS WIN REGIONAL The 7th Grade Lady Knights defeated Christ the King for the 7-2A Regional Championship held at A-C Central Jr. High. The Knights took complete control in the first game of the match as Breann Knapp served up 4 points for the 4-1 Knight lead. Sydnee Henry then served up 11 points in a row for a 16-2 lead. Knapp came back around to serve up game point for the 15-8 first game win. In the second game, Christ the King took and early 4-7 lead before Madalyn Elder served up 4 points for an 8-8 score. The game then went point for point until the Knights took a 2 point lead at 13-11. The Knights then managed to stay ahead to take the match for the championship win at 25-20.

I Appreciate Your Support on April 7th!

The 7th Grade Lady Knights headed into Sectional play with a record of 18-6, but lost in the first round against Mt. Pulaski.

A-C Central Jr. High Math-A-Thon Raises over $1,500! The junior high students at A-C Central Jr. High School have raised $1,545.15 for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This hospital treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, regardless of financial need, and conducts research to find cures. This year, 35 junior high students raised $1,545.15! That is outstanding for a school of our size. Over the last ten years, A-C Central Junior High has raised $11,325.96 for this great cause. The Math-A-Thon sponsor is Carrie Jo Donnan. The following students raised over $125: Cheyenne Gain $131 (soccer ball), Cerys Boston $130 (wooden game set), and Kyle Winkelman $128 (basketball). They will receive a certificate, t-shirt, one ticket to Six Flags, a backpack and a special prize of their choice. The following students raised $75 up to $125: Quinn Allen $120, Sabrena Reek $83, and Jennifer Adkins $75. They will receive a certificate, t-shirt, one ticket to Six Flags and a backpack. The following students raised $35 up to $75: Stacey Eskew $70, Alexis Brewers $66, Megan Anderson $55, Westin Duckwiler $50, Kristin Irlam $41.33, Lane Wegs $40, Ross Cloninger $40, Becca Wegs $40, Riley Cowman $36.15, Chrystal Haselett $35, McKenzie Stephens $35, Allyson Quick $35, and Emma Lynn $35. They will receive a certificate, t-shirt, and one ticket to Six Flags. Be sure to check the expiration date of the Six Flags ticket. These students raised less than $35. They will receive a certificate: Kane Landon $25, April Leinberger $25, Jalen Leinberger $25, Courtney Bedtka $22, Joseph Ratliff $20, Hoaby Hoagland $20, Zach Fields $20, Jonas Volkman $20, Carmen Savage $20, Tiffani Homer $20, Austin Fields $20, Bradley Birdsell $15, Arron Wooldridge $10, Madison Donaldson $9, Lisa Jennings $5, and Leah Duckwiler $1.42. We also had a bucket in the cafeteria where students could contribute money. All students will participate in a pizza party at school and receive extra credit in math. Thanks to everyone who has made a contribution. You are truly making a difference in the lives of children around the world.

METHODIST CHURCH SECOND SATURDAYS Second Saturday is open to all children in the community who are beApril 11 tween 3 years of age (potty-trained, Easter please) and 5th grade. Lunch is May 9 served. We meet from 10:00-2:00 Mother’s Day in the basement of the Methodist Church at 300 W. Editor.

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Ashland Pack 125 Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Race was held Sat, Feb 28th at A-C Central High School Gym. The winners are: 1st - Braden Eilers, 2nd - Jared Curry, 3rd - Callum Smith, and 4th - Johnny Carwile. These boys raced in the Honest Abe District Pinewood Derby on March 21st at Routt High School in Jacksonville. An Open Class Race was held with twelve participants. The 1st place winner was Kyle Winkelman and the 2nd place winner was Lonnie English. We also held a Corporate Sponsored Race. Neal’s Barber Shop, Verna’s Home Cookin’, State Bank of Ashland and Britz Painting participated. The State Bank of Ashland was the winner and will display the traveling plaque until next year’s race. We would like to thank A-C Central School for the use of the gym, Wal-Mart of Jacksonville for the gift certificate, and Cargill Meat Solutions for their gift certificate. We would like to thank the Corporate Sponsors, those who helped with set-up / teardown and concessions, Hoagy for his assistance, and the Boy Scouts from Troop 125. Thank you to all the parents, family and friends who came to support Pack 125.


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BOY SCOUT TROOP 125 TO COLLECT AND RETIRE WORN AMERICAN FLAGS WITH “ONE-DAY-OF-SERVICE” ―One-Day-of-Service‖ is a chance to help the community of central Illinois through the collection and proper retirement of worn and damaged US Flags. Troop 125 will be collecting flags in the Ashland community. When the flags are collected they are then taken to Camp Illinek for formal retirement in a patriotic manner. Boy Scouts are involved in both activities to organize and lead the efforts in the proper disposal. Flags will be collected between 9:00 am and 11:30 am on Saturday morning, April 18th at the Ashland Village Hall parking lot. Drop boxes will also be located at the State Bank of Ashland and the Village Hall one week prior to the collection date. They are taken to Camp Illinek where they are inspected, counted and folded for the retirement. Starting at 12:30pm, Scouts then participate in the retirement of flags at several points around camp. The event concludes by 5:00 pm. IN a typical year, we will retire, 1500-2000 flags in one day! Please show your respect for America by disposing of your tattered flag with this honored event. Troop 125 thanks you! Troop 125 would like to extend our gratitude for the recent support of the collection for Scouting for Food. With your help, we collected over 600 lbs for our local food bank at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Thank You very much and God Bless. ~ Troop 125

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

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I would appreciate your vote on April 7th, 2009

Elect Luther A. Roy (Better known as Luke)


Mayor of Ashland

BITS-N-PIECES 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 April 5. Bringing a partner is not necessary--there are always extras. Jim Davis calls to the music of Judy, Lois, and Friends. Oct. 11th begins the next season. BIG BAND DANCE NIGHT... If you missed it… really missed a good time at the Legion/VFW ―Swing Dance‖ at Yatesville. The company was grand, the dancers superb, the music swinging, and refreshments delicious. Thanks to everyone involved. Watch for the announcement of more activities from this group ASHLAND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING... At the meeting of Ashland High School Alumni Board on Sunday March 29th plans were finalized for the banquet to be held on May 23rd in the gymnasium at A-C Central High School. The Anniversary classes are: 1934 - 1939 - 1944 - 1949 - 1954 1959 - 1964 - 1969 - 1974 - 1979 - 1984 - and 1989. Social Hour begins at 6pm and the banquet at 7pm. More details will be in the next newsletter. Get out your old year books and call your friends to attend this year’s banquet.

V.F.W 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. ASHLAND WOMENS CLUB… Meets the first Tuesday, 1:30pm - in the Baptist Church Hall. Guests are always welcome. Plan now to attend on April 7th at 1:30 pm when Mark McDonald will be speaking. He produces Illinois Stories for PBS Channel WSEC TV. 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. GET WELL WISHES….. Former resident Bill Blair is at home recovering from a stroke. If you would like to send a card, Bill and Helen live at: 16756 Hinrichs Rd. , Petersburg, Il 62675.

THANK YOU…. Heartfelt thanks to our fire department for their creative rescue when the recent power outage left me stranded in the FOR SALE… 2000 Mercury Sable, $3950, 101,xxx miles, V6, 4dr, good condi- lift at the Baptist Church. We are so fortunate to have these volunteer fireman in our community. ~ Wanda Schutz tion. Call 217-476-3346 SENIOR SAINTS ….. Senior Saints will have a game night April 18th at the Ashland Baptist Church hall. The evening begins at 5:00 pm. Please bring your finger foods and play your favorite game. No reservations are needed. SUMMER DAYS IN JUNE!!! The Ashland Summer Days will be earlier this year - June 26-28. The Community Club is busy securing entertainment, setting the schedule, etc. Friday will open with the Little Miss and Mister Contest, Baby Contest, and the First Citizen Award, as well as entertainment on the stage. The parade, truck pull, and kids games will be part of the Saturday fare. A Coors beer tent will be running on both Friday and Saturday nights, with Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters on the stage for Saturday evening. If you have something you would like to see as a part of the celebration, please let one of the Committee know or come to the next meeting. The next meetings are Thursday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm at Village Hall.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

April Birthdays 1 - Eloise Quinley 20 - Brandon ―Crew Chief‖ 1 - Rick Edwards (40th) Eskew (11th) 3 - Marilyn (Fulton) 20 - Jane (Elliott) Speck Holmes (former resident) 4 - Donna Farmer (80th) 20 - Ethan Mayes 4 - Adam Blair 22 - Calvin Kelley 5 - Carolyn (Heather) 25 - Norman Bryant McDonald 26 - Dale DeGroot (80th) 9 - Dick Gutmann 26 - Amy Christison 13 - Bill Blair 26 - Brayden Pettit (6th) 15 - Don Parsons 30 - Carroll Houston 20 - Jeanne Fulton Holmes (81st)

April Anniversaries 8 - Dan & Alice Kern - 31 yrs 20 - JR & Kathie Blair - 35 yrs

GOVERNORS’S HOTLINE… The phone number to call the Governors Office suggestion line is: 782-0244. 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 upcoming 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!!! PLEASANT PLAINS COMMUNITY CLUB DOLLAR-A-MONTH RAFFLE The Pleasant Plains Community Club is selling DOLLAR-A-MONTH 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!!! BIRTHDAY GREETING…. Former resident Mrs. Hilda Appleton will be celebrating her birthday on May 2. Cards may be sent to her at: Moore Few Center, Room 109, 901 So. Adams, Nevada, Mo 64772.

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The 9-12 Project was unveiled by Glenn Beck (a nationally syndicated television and radio talk show host) during his nationallytelevised ―We Surround Them‖ television program. It aired live on March 13, 2009, on the Fox News Channel. This project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked, we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States, or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created. This particular meetup group was created to reach out to all of those in the Ashland area who yearn to help this country return to the principles and moral values upon which it was founded. This group and a multitude of others forming all over the country are part of a nonpolitical, nationwide effort designed to unite Americans in commitment to the 9 Principles and 12 Values that made our nation great. Please log on to for more info. Our first meetup in Ashland is scheduled for Friday, April 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Church of Christ. This is not limited to Ashland residents-please feel free to bring a friend!

Darrell and Betty Ring of 2690 Ring Road, Ashland, observed their 60th wedding anniversary March 3rd. Darrell Ring and Betty Clark were married in 1949 in Jacksonville. They are the parents of six children, Betty Jo Benz, of Ashland, Wanda Lee Dame and Daryl Jean Becker, both of Jacksonville, John Ring, of Ashland and Sally Long and Bobbi Charpentier, both of Jacksonville. They have 12 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

The A-C Central FFA Envirothon Teams competed at the Cass County competition on March 9th. The sophomore team consisting of Morgan Wessel, Kenna Meyers, Brandon Smith, Kelsey Handy and Teagan Smith won top honors and will advance to the Regional Envirothon on March 18th in Perry. The second team placed fourth and consisted of Faith Widdows, Krissy Simmons, Bennett Smith, Kayla Anderson and Lindsey Cole. Five FFA members interviewed for the top honors of receiving the Illinois FFA State Degree on February 19th. Rebecca Werner, Matt Mahoney, Brandon Stribling, and Christopher Devlin will be receiving the degree at the State FFA Convention in Springfield this June. Alex Gardner also interviewed for the degree.

The picture shows (L to R) Atterberry, Jacobs, Escudero The Chandlerville Unit #694 American Legion Auxiliary recently held an Americanism Essay Contest titled "Where are the American Heroes of Today." The following students were winners: 1st Place: Valerie Escudero of Ashland. She is the daughter Vahl and Sheril Escudero. 2nd place: Alli Jacobs of Ashland. She is the daughter of Amy Machin and John Jacobs. 3rd Place: Levi Atterberry of Chandlerville. He is the son of Jamie Atterberry and Heather Collins. Valerie Escudero's essay has been forwarded to the District level for competetion with other 1st place winners.

TOUGH TIMES!! These are tough times for all of us! All of us at Allen’s Market realize that, and we are going to do our best to get everyone through them and on to better times. Klint, Jeremy, and I are doing all we can to hold costs down and reduce our prices. Watch for our signs ―New Low Price‖ or ―Today’s Best Buy‖. A lot of them are going to start popping up. There is an old slogan that we have heard many times. It goes…‖If we please you, tell your friends - if not - please tell us‖. We hope to see a lot of your friends, but really want to know how we can do a better job for you. Shop this month for reduced… MILK FOR $2.49 a GALLON - ALL LABELS OPENING APRIL 1ST ALLEN’S GARDEN CENTER

I will be running the garden center this year and look forward to seeing all my old friends and customers. If there is a plant that you want and I do not have it, I will be happy to get it… usually within 24 hours. Look for daily specials! I will be running a lot of them. Let’s make Ashland beautiful this year! - Harold

Junction of 123 & 125 Ashland, IL


“P.S. I LOVE YOU” A-C CENTRAL’S STAR 2009 VALENTINE’S DANCE On February 14th 2009, the Students Teaching About Resistance (STAR) organization hosted the annual dance. The theme for this year’s dance was ―P. S. I Love You.‖ Decorations and music were selected to correspond with the theme, while officers and committee members created a night for students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle choice and opportunity to dance the night away. Students initiated an open invitation to students from Virginia High School to attend our mid-winter dance. A coronation was held at 7:15 with the announcement of the 2009 Prince Cameron Hager and Princess Grace Johnson crowned by the 2008 Prince Jacob Keeney and Princess Taylor Jacobs. Brock Thompson returned from IC as the 2008 King to crown Brett Stuhmer as the 2009 King and Kaylie Honkala returned from Millikin to crown Jeni Rives as the 2009 Queen. Refreshments of homemade cookies and punch were provided for the students at 9:00. Todd Schroder’s D. J. Service of Springfield provided music for the occasion.

Prince Cameron Hager and Princess Grace Johnson

2009 ―P.S. I Love You‖ Sweetheart Queen Jeni Rives and King Brett Stuhmer

Back Row, L-R: Kaylie Honkala, Cass Wessell, Jeffery Prince, Christopher Devlin, Jacob Keeney, Ryan Doolin, John Hutchinson, Kelsey Honkala, and Brock Thompson. Middle Row, L-R: Amanda Hoffman, Sammy Petefish, Taylor Jacobs, Becca Werner, Prince Cameron Hager, Princess Grace Johnson, Lindsay Miller, and Britt Parks. Front Row, L-R: Queen Jeni Rives and King Brett Stuhmer.

We would like to take this space to thank all of our advertisers for your continued support this past year. We have made it to our first year milestone, with your patronage. The community of Ashland has welcomed our newsletter with overwhelming support. Thank you from the staff of Ashland Scoop and Printers Ink.

March 2009 Message from Mrs. Canty We have begun the window and door work at the school—you will be able to watch the progress on our webpage. It will certainly be an energy savings, as well as improve the appearance of the building. It should be a very efficient process and the architect believes that it will take about 3 weeks to complete. Also, plans are in progress for the move that will take place this summer. The administrative team has been working on schedules, determining personnel and facility needs, busing, and transitioning into the concept of teamwork. It will be a very exciting time for all of us! Our School Improvement Team is to be commended for their dedication and hard work! As soon as plans are finalized, we will announce the enhancements to what we will have to offer for our students. New programs and classes are just the beginning of all the good things to come! During the March Board meeting several questions emerged. We will try to keep you informed as all the plans enfold. The after school program will remain in Ashland As the schedule is finalized, we will inform you of changes that will occur. The Chandlerville Facility—although old is very well maintained and safe. The Cafeteria is small at Chandlerville, but lunches will be staggered to accommodate the area. We plan to have 3rd & 4th together and K- together. Bus transportation will be planned—as usual to be safe and efficient. Saving money was not a factor in this decision—better educating students was the focus at all times! Playground equipment can and will be moved to Chandlerville. This was not a ―quick‖ decision—this decision was based upon research, visiting other schools, surveying the teachers at our schools, numerous meetings, meetings with all of the teachers, and then determining what is best educational practice and what will work best for our students. School Improvement is a process. Sports—practices and transportation will be worked out soon. What were the reasons for this change? Test scores need to improve. Curriculum decisions needed to be made based upon alignment to better prepare out students at all levels. Teachers need to talk about what they are teaching and when - it’s not easy when schools are 20 miles apart. Response to Intervention (RTI) - remediation of students needs to be targeted.

April 2009 - Ashland Scoop  

April 2009 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois

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