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THIS NEWSLETTER IS A WORK OF LOVE BY A COMMITTEE OF FOLKS WHO ARE CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE IN ASHLAND NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING. THE NEXT ONE WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH. IDEAS OR ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER - DROP OFF AT PRINTERS INK OR GIVE THEM TO NANCE BRYANT, LINDA DEVLIN, JUDY FULTON, CYNTHIA GUTMANN, BOB HEATHER, OR LIZ WALLBAUM. ITEMS CAN ALSO BE E-MAILED TO MATT HOBROCK, ASHLAND.SCOOP@SBCGLOBAL.NET DEADLINE WILL BE THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH, FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTH’S NEWSLETTER.

May Special Events

SUMMER DAYS 2009… Plans for Summer Days, to be held June 26-28, conMay 5th - AC Central Elementary Fine Arts Night tinue to be finalized. It looks like a great week-end, with something for everyone. May 13 - AC Central Junior High Spring Concert This is a rough sketch of the events. Posters and flyers will be out with exact times as the date draws nearer. May 14 - AC Central High School Spring Concert A Military Timeline/Encampment will be here all weekend. Talk to them about the period they represent.It's May 23 - Ashland High School Alumni Banquet, AC a great history lesson for all. Friday p.m. Baby ConCentral Gym, Social Hour 6:00 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm test, Little Miss and Mr. Contest, First Citizen Award, bingo, fireworks at dusk, beer tent, entertainment by May 24 - AC Central High School Baccalaureate St. "Acoustic Avenue," food vendors in the park. SaturAugustine Catholic Church, 6:00 pm day-- Flag raising and parade, Methodist Church home May 25 - Ashland Memorial Day Program - A-C High -made chicken and noodle dinner, truck and tractor School Gym, 9:30 am pulls, pedal tractor pull, kids games, car show by Jacksonville Good Time Cruisers, Tai Kwan Do DemonstraMay 31 - AC Central High School Graduation, 2:00 pm tion, Scouts selling pork chops and fries, crafts and other vendors in the park, bingo, Firemen's Fish Fry, June 1 - AC Central Junior High Gradation, 7:00 pm and beer tent open with "Captain Beech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters" entertaining. Sunday June 5-6-7 - Virginia Barbeque Chicken Dinner at noon--ADVANCE tickets must be purchased. Entertainment by the great 60's, 70's, and 80's band from last year, "Rewind," Motorcycle show by "Vintage Iron Riders," volleyball tournament, vendors available, Vespers after the entertainment.

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Ashland High School Alumni Association … 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. Get out your old yearbooks and call your friends to attend this year’s banquet. The A-C Central Class of 1999 is in the process of planning our 10 year reunion If you are or know a member of the Class of 99 Graduating class, please have them contact John Davin in any of the following ways: Jdavin03@yahoo.com or 217-971-7015. I am trying to put together a mailing list for this event. Thanks for your help. John Davin, Class of 99 President.


CHURCH DIRECTORY BEREA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Edward J.Moretto Youth Minister, Diann L. Hoagland bereacc@casscomm.com www.bereachristianchurch.com 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

The Community Prayer Shawl Ministry meets 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 ashlandfbc@casscomm.com 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 www.ashlandunitedmethodist.com 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 www.newbeginningschristianfellowship.net 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

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Mother and Daughter Banquet at First Baptist Church The Annual Mother and Daughter banquet will be held at the First Baptist Church, Wednesday, May 6, 2009-6p.m. This will be a potluck meal. The evening’s theme will be aprons, so dig out your favorite apron and bring it along. Invite your mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt or a special lady in your life for an enjoyable evening of fellowship. Hope to see you there!

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

Youth Group - meetings at 7:00 pm each Wednesday for elementary and junior high age children.

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 6:008:30 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.

National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 7, all day and all night, the Ashland United Methodist Church will be open and accessible for people to pray for our nation. All denominations are welcome and we all will agree that our nation certainly needs our prayers. This is the 58th year our country has observed the National Day of Prayer and it is offered in all 50 states. The theme this year is PRAYER: AMERICA’S HOPE! Prayer may be the only hope our country has, so we urge you to come to the United Methodist Church at any time convenient to you and pray for our country. We should also pray for our state and our local communities, our own churches and our own families. We need to learn how to rely on God instead of ourselves. We know the power of prayer! Let’s do our part in guiding our nation to its future.


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March Student of the Month Stacey Eskew, daughter of Shannon and Missy Eskew of Ashland was named March student of the month at A-C Central Junior High in Chandlerville. She has been active in Band, Girls Basketball and Volleyball.

7th Grade, (L to R): Drake Houser, Hannah Miller, Tiffani Homer, Austin Field, Brian Koch, Ethan Carlock

If you have something you would like to see as a part of Ashland Community Days be sure to attend the next committee meeting May 19th at 7:00 pm at the Village Hall. Community Days this year are Friday June 26th, Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th.

8th Grade, (L to R): Levi Atterberry, Alli Jacobs, John Eilers, JT Crowhurst, Joey Petefish, Lauren Pfaffe, Ross Cloninger


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The A-C Central Concert Band recently participated in the IHSA Organizational Contest hosted by PORTA HS on Friday April 3. The band was required to prepare several selections and perform them for a panel of judges as well as take a piece of music that they have never seen before and play that also for a judge. The students from A-C Central fared quite well and received an I Superior Rating. The band is under the direction of Kim Webster and members of the band are as follows: Flutes: Amanda Hoffman, Lexi Hager, Kayla Houchin, Kayla Birdsell, Morgan Holmes, Becca Werner, Krissy Simmons, Cali Edwards, Fallon Devlin, Kelsey Handy, Taylor Koch, Faith Widdows & Raquel Woodard Clarinets: Victoria Pherigo, Lindsey Allan, Maggie Allen, Madalyn Allen, Kenna Meyers, Lindsey Cole & Kayla Anderson Oboe: Morgan Wessel Alto Sax: Zach Whitmore, Drew Hoffman & Jenny Lewis. Tenor Sax: Sammy Petefish. Bari Sax: Haley Pfaffe Trumpet: Alex Gardner, Britney Parks, Grace Johnson, Dan Meyer, Jeff Prince, Grant Kelly, Courtney Cave, Kim Yeley, Cassie Shive & Brandon Smith Trombone: Shawn Force Baritone: Phoebe Betters, Will Edge & Nate Mahoney Tuba: Dalton Jones Keyboard Bass: Hannah Capps Percussion: Zach Elder, Zach Parrish, Carly Abbott, Leigh Miller, Chad Homer, Brett Stuhmer, Sarah Pherigo, Dylan Armstrong, Alyx Smith, Robert Ratliff, Gerald Truner & Cody Miller The A-C Central Concert Band will be presenting its spring concert on May 14 in the Gym at A-C Central. The public is invited to attend.

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Math League Contest Results All students at A-C Central Jr. High participated in the Illinois Math League contest. There were 173 total schools participating in Illinois. They competed against other participating schools in the following counties of their Region: Cass, Champaign, Effingham, Fayette, Hancock, Lawrence, Macon, Sangamon and Vermillion. The 6th Grade class finished 4th in their region behind Glenwood (Chatham), Mt. Zion (Mt. Zion), and Parkview (Lawrenceville).

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3rd Quarter A-C Central JR High Honor Roll High Honors

Honors

6th Grade Quinn Allen Hoaby Hoagland Kristin Irlam Emma Lynn Sabrena Reek McKenzie Stephens Kyle Winkelman

6th Grade Jennifer Adkins Carrie Allen Riley Cowman Madison Donaldson Kyler Walle

7th Grade Cerys Boston Sydnee Henry Ty Kesselring Brian Koch Abby Meyers Allyson Quick Parrish Smith Shelbi Thornley 8th Grade Daerial DeGroot Valerie Escudero Alli Jacobs Jalen Leinberger Joseph Ratliff Carmen Savage Jonas Volkman

7th Grade Jacob Barla Ethan Brue Natane Butler Madalyn Elder Heather Gleason Craig Houchin Rachel Smith Kaitlin Throgmorton Arron Wooldridge 8th Grade Courtney Bedtka Bradley Birdsell Ross Cloninger Zach Fields Jessica Miller Lauren Pfaffe Tayler Ruppel Lane Wegs

Honorable Mention 6th Grade Molly Better Alexis Brewers Curtis Bright Cheyenne Gain Will Harris Chrystal Haselett Clinton Logue Baylee Smith Becca Wegs Ryan Woodard 7th Grade Ethan Carlock Leah Duckwiler Austin Fields Tiffani Homer Drake Houser Kane Landon 8th Grade Levi Atterbery Dylan Conover J.T. Crowhurst Stacey Eskew Will Keeney April Leinberger Sicely Nicholas Joey Petefish


METHODIST CHURCH SECOND SATURDAYS

Second Saturday is open to all children in the com- May 9 munity who are between Mother’s 3 years of age (pottyDay 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.

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BITS-N-PIECES V.F.W Meets monthly at 7:00 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. Spring Luncheon, May 5 at 12 noon. Program ―Two 4 Him‖, Carol Ann Himmel & Mary Caldwell. Luncheon reservations are now closed.

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 meeting is Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm at Village Hall.

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.

The Village of Ashland will be taking bids for a 1975 GMC tandem axle truck chassis. The Truck can be seen upon request. Refer any questions to Jeff DeGeal at (217) 473-9147. Bids are due by May 3, 2009. Send all bids to:

AMERICAN LEGION POST 498 Meets monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse.

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, 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!!!

Village of Ashland Attn: Jeff DeGeal P. O. Box 170 Ashland, IL 62612 Notice to all rural member of the Ashland Fire Protection District. The fire protection rates for 2009 have been set at $40.00 per residential dwelling and $75.00 per commercial site. Acreage dues will remain the same. Dues notices will be mailed the first part of May. Congratulations Gretchen Throgmorton for 2nd place at the State Tumbling meet in Pana on 4/19/09. She qualifies to go to Amarillo, TX to the National Meet on June 16th at the SubNovice level. GOOD LUCK GRETCHEN! CHESS CLUB IS BACK… Thursday, 7:00 pm, Church of Christ Parsonage BIG BAND DANCE NIGHT - THANK YOU!... The American Legion / VFW wishes to thank Judy Kaye and Friends for playing at our Big Band Dance fundraiser. A special thanks to Judy Kaye for her donation. FOR SALE… Infant Car Seat / Carrier - $10. Baby Exercisor / Play Station $12. Fitness Flyer Workout Machine - $40 o.b.o. Call 476-3508

SENIOR SAINTS EVENTS… No Social Event for May

COME SING... An Ashland - Area Community Choir will sing for the annual Memorial Day Service on May 25. Rehearsals will be Wed., April 29, Thursday, May 7, Friday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 20 - all at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashland Baptist Church. "The music is easy, the fun and fellowship, great; Considering the condition of the world we're in, the message just can't wait!" Come join us - contact Judy Fulton for information 476-3488 or 652-3499.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

June 14th - Theater in New Salem Park, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. For tickets, call Sue Phischier at 476-8284. Reservations are needed by May 14th.

May Birthdays 5 - Robin Pettit 7 - Hoaby Hoagland (12) 10 - Randy Christison 13 - Brody Pettit (1) 15 - Floyd ―Tip‖ Pettit

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Matt Hobrock Wanda Schutz Mindy DeGroot Nancy Heather Shannon Eskew

May Anniversaries

14 - Darren & Victoria DeGroot - 15 yrs 22 - Chuck & Jenny Green 25 - Dale & Joan DeGroot - 59 yrs


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Pleasant Plains 4th of July Chicken Dinner & Fireworks Display The Pleasant Plains Community Club is sponsoring a 4th of July celebration at the Pl Pl Firehouse on Buckeye Road. Serving time will be 5 pm until 8pm. The menu will consist of crackling good grilled chicken, snapping wonderful baked beans. popping potato salad, and bread & butter for $7.00 per person. Hot Dots and chips = $3.00. Drinks and desserts will also be provided. There will be a bake sale and activities for the children—Crazy Wagon, music, etc. Fireworks at dusk on the Pl Pl High School track field. Bring your lawn chair, find a great spot to watch the fireworks, purchase chicken and have a picnic on the school grounds or eat at the firehouse. Carry-outs will be available. We will have enough chicken to feed an army - we won’t run out.

A-C Central 5th Graders Vote for Rebecca Caudill Book Award During the ’08-’09 school year, the 5th grade classes at AC Central have been participating in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book award program. Illinois is one of forty-nine states offering a book award program that is determined by student vote. This award is presented to the author whose book receives the most votes from young readers in Illinois that participate in the program. The mission is to encourage students in grades 4-8 to read for personal satisfaction, to develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature, to promote a desire of literacy and to encourage cooperation among library agencies. Mrs. Kesselring, and Mrs. Petefish read from the list of nominated books to the students or assigned selections for the students to read to promote this program. The voting took place at the end of February with students selecting The Lightening Thief by Rick Riodran as the overall winner. Recently the tabulation of all voters also selected the same title as the winner of the Rebecca Caudill 2009 award. The winning book was selected from a twenty-title list. This program was a great experience for students and teachers this year. Mrs. Hatcher, the school librarian, is making plans to include this program in the 2009-2010 school year and expanding it to the sixth grade classes.

Event Calendar May 2 - Youth GIS/GPS Workshop, 9:30-5:30 p.m. (Virginia) May 2 - 4-H Pork Chop BBQ, Cenex Station (Virginia) May 4 - Walk Day at Schuy-Rush Park, 10:00 a.m. (Rushville) May 12 - Retirement Realities Program, 10:00 a.m. (Virginia) May 12 - Building a Basic Water Garden Telenet, 1:00 p.m. (Virginia) May 21 - Wildlife Nuisance Program, 6:30 p.m. (Virginia) For more information or to register for any of our upcoming events, please call: Cass Co. Extension Office at 217-452-3211


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He simply, “Does it for the Ducks” Feb 21, 2009 IL Ducks Unlimited State Convention at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino in E. Peoria, IL Kenny Walters of Ashland was recently recognized by Ducks Unlimited for his years of dedication and service as a volunteer, by becoming the 2nd person in IL DU history to receive ―The Lifetime Achievement Award‖. Mr. Walters has been a volunteer with DU for just over 30 years. He has represented IL DU as a National Delegate and Trustee for 6 times. This means he has represented Illinois and the local membership of DU with his vote at business meetings at 6 National Conventions. Kenny continues to work on State Convention Committee and held a position on the IL DU State Council for over 20 years.

L to R: Steve Bangert, Illinois State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, Kenny Walters, Jim West of Ducks Unlimited, National Headquarters of Memphis, TN.

Kenny began volunteering for the Ducks in 1978 in Morgan County. He and a group of other volunteers soon saw that there were other opportunities for DU in neighboring Cass County in 1980. Kenny is a charter member of two chapters. The previously mentioned Cass County, and the more recent chapter named Tri-Coiunty (23 yrs.), with events held today in New Berlin at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds.

When you think about 30 years of volunteering, you might want to know what all the time away from home volunteering for the ducks might involve. It could be said that Kenny has had a hand in helping raise over a $1 Million for DU or 4,000 acres of wetland habitat. Because of Kenny and others, Ducks Unlimited has been able to conserve 12.6 Million acres for waterfowl and other wildlife in North America. Currently, DU has a land and conservation program in Illinois, with annual expenditures in excel of $1 million. These are great wild places for wildlife and the people of Illinois to enjoy forever.

Cast from the A-C Central Go Go Beach Musical, April 25 & 26 To Ashland Residents: It’s been over one month since Alexander Lumber closed its doors. August 2009 would have been 110 years since Alexander Lumber Co. opened for business in Ashland. Alexander Lumber decided to close the Ashland location and combine its business with its Rushville location. This has been a past business practice of the company to do in slower economic times. The employees would like to thank everyone who supported us in the past.

A-C Central Prom 2009

Court are from left to right: Jacob Keeney, Brittany Parks, Taylor Jacobs, Christopher Devlin, Lindsey Miller, King, Zack Whitmore,Queen, Lakyn Ricahrd, Brandon Stribling, Kelsey Honkala, Joel Collins. The Junior Attendants were Brayden Pettit and Daegen DeGroot.


Basketball roster for the A-C Central Team, L to R: Matt Petefish, Chris Arthalony, Brock Thompson, Colin Arthalony, Ryan Smith, Travis Cave, Drew Petefish, Travis Wallbaum, Wade Danner, and

Brian Moffitt.

Former Coach from A-C Central High School, Chuck Snow, is shown with Chris and Colin Arthalony and Travis Wallbaum. Coach Snow was in attendance at the recent ―Glory Days‖ Alumni Basketball Game held at Porta High School in February.

Former A– C Central Basketball players win once again and helped to bring in quite an exuberant crowd to the ―Glory Days Classic‖ Alumni Basketball Tournament that was held at Porta High School Gymnasiums on February 7th and 8th 2009. Sixteen teams and 187 players signed up to represent 6 decades of Central Illinois basketball. Teams were from A-C Central, Bluffs, Buffalo Tri-C ity, Carrolton, Delavan, Greenview, Havana, Illiopolis, Lewiston, Midwest Central, New Berlin, North Greene, Pittsfield, Porta, Riverton, and Winchester. Around 40 former All-State or IBCA All-Stars came together with college athletes from all levels to compete once again and have their ―Glory Days‖ of memories and fun. Several game rules were altered: Two 20 minute halves, one time out per half, five minute half time, and ties would be sudden death with first point win. Once again loyal fans cheered as the A-C Central Team won their first game against Winchester (79 to 49). Several stand-outs from Winchester were: Mark Cox, Tony Cox 1985, Ken Day 1986, Eric Little 1993 and Leo Anslyn 1983. The bleacher section for the A-C Team went wild for the second time that day as the men played to defeat Illiopolis (55 to 35). Stand-outs from Illiopolis were: Todd Blakeman 1987, Eric Weaver 1991, Jamie Honea 2008. On Sunday evening February 8, the Championship Game was played with a full house as the A-C Central Team played Pittsfield for the title. Tension was in the air as the fans eating popcorn, standing in the walk-ways, and remembering games when A-C played against Pittsfield during the 1990’s. This was a closer match during the first half, but in the second half the A-C Central team added another championship win to their record by defeating Pittsfield (67 to 54). Pittsfield stand-outs were: Richie Alen 1979, Joe Petty 1980, Jonas Petty 1997, Dave Marable 1991, Dan Riley 2000. Stand-outs from the Championship A-C Central team were: Colin and Chris Arthalony 1994, Wade Danner 1995, Ryan Smith 1995, Travis Cave 1995, Travis Wallbaum 1996, Matt and Drew Petefish 1998, Brian Moffitt 1999, and Brock Thompson 2008. Watch for the ―Glory Days Classic‖ as the plans old letterman’s jacket and come watch or play as you are in the making for 2010. Shake out yourake a step back in time. That’s what J.D. Proehl did. He graduated in the year 1960 from Forman High and came back to play with his son Jason 1996, as they made up the roster for Midwest Central.


May / June School Schedule May 1-2 ............. ................ May 2 ................ ................ May 4 ................ May 4 ................ ................ May 5 ................ ................ May 5 ................ May 5 ................ ................ May 6 ................ ................ May 7 ................ ................ May 9 ................ ................ May 10 ............... May 11 ............... ................ May 11 ............... ................ May 13 ............... ................ May 15 ............... ................ May 15-16 ......... May 15-16.......... May 18-23 ......... May 18-23 ......... May 20 ............... May 21-23 ......... May 21-22 ......... May 25 ............... May 27-28 ......... May 27, 28, 30 .. ................ May 28 ............... May 31 ...............

Virginia/A-C Central Softball, P. Plains Tourney (away), TBA Virginia/A-C Central Baseball, Griggsville/Perry (away), 4:30 pm Virginia/A-C Softball, Lutheran (home) - 4:30pm Virginia/A-C Central JH Track, N. Greene, (White Hall) - 1:00 pmnd Hgh Sch Virginia/A-C Central Softball, N. Green (WIVC South Division) (home) - 4:30 pm WIVC Virginia/A-C HS Track @ Illinois College Virginia/A-C Baseball, N. Greene, Home-4:30 pm ELEMENTARY SPRING CONCERT - 7:00 PM Virginia/A-C Central Softball, Beardstown, (home) - 4:30 pm Virginia/A-C Central JH Track, Beardstown, (Beardstown), 4:00 pm Virginia/A-C Central JH Track, Sectional, (Auburn), TBA MOTHERS’ DAY Virginia/A-C Central Baseball, Havana, (away) 4:30 pm Virginia/A-C Central HS Track @ Beardstown 4:00 pm Virginia/A-CJH Track, ISD, (Jacksonville), 12:30 JR.HIGH SPRING CONCERT – 7:00 PM Virginia/A-C Central Softball, Lewistown, (home) - 4:30 pm Virginia/A-C Central HS Track, Girls Sect. - (away) Virginia/A-C JH Track, State, (East Peoria), TBA Virginia/A-C Central Softball, IHSA Regionals, TBA Virginia/A-C Central Baseball, IHSA Regionals, TBA Dismiss @ 2:15 pm (SIP) Virginia/A-C Central HS Track, Girls State @ EIU Virginia/A-C Central HS Track, Boys Sect. - (away) MEMORIAL DAY-NO SCHOOL Virginia/A-C Central Softball, IHSA Sectionals, TBA Virginia/A-C Central Baseball, IHSA Sectionals, (home), 4:30/11:00 Virginia/A-C Central HS Track, Boys State @ EIU HS GRADUATION 2:00 pm

June 1 ................ DISMISS 11:30, End 4th Quarter/ 2nd semester ................ Virginia/A-C Baseball, IHSA Supersectional - TBA ................ JR. HIGH HONORS BREAKFAST JR. HIGH GRADUATION - 7:00 PM June 5-6 ............ Virginia/A-C Central Softball, IHSA State Finals, ................ East Peoria, TBA June 5-6 ............ Virginia/A-C Central Baseball, IHSA State Finals, ................ (Joliet), TBA

MAKING THE EARTH GREENER I’m sure most of you know that the city of Ashland pays to dump the recycle bin. It is evident that all who use it are concerned with the environment and want to do their part. You can make a bigger difference by flattening boxes and not putting plastics and cans in the bin in a bag. Open the bag, dump the things in, and then put the bag in a wad in the corner. Many more people will be able to put recyclables in, and much less will end up in the landfills. Thanks for your help.

May 2009 - Ashland Scoop  

May 2009 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois

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