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FUNDRAISER & CHICKEN NOODLE DINNER… There will be a Fundraiser/Chicken ASHLAND WOMAN'S CLUB 2012-2013 KICKOFF PROGRAM Come join your friends and enjoy the afternoon on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church. The program will be Lt. Todd Warick, Jacksonville Fire Department, and WJVO radio personality (Todd-Bob on the RBC Redneck Breakfast Club morning program). Light refreshments will be served. Membership is only $10 per year. Contact Judy Mills (476-3469 or 652-2948 cell) if you have questions. A-C SCHOOLS REGISTRATION Registration for school August 1st in Ashland and August 2 in Chandlerville. Elementary school open house August 16th from 5:30 pm till 6:30 pm. First Day of school is August 20th with the August 21st being the first full day.

August 2012 Volume 6 Issue 8

Catch us at the 2012 Illinois State Fair!!! * Details inside ‘The Scoop’ (pg 3.)

Jones Boys Market Home of the ’Old Country Brat Shop’

BBQ Ribs with Special Rub Pulled Pork BBQ Sausages & Brats for any Season Superb Smoked Bacon & Hams Special Order Processing

Local. Fresh. 201 Editor - Ashland, IL

Quality. (217)476-3914

605 E. Franklin Street Ashland, IL $99,500 Looking for a practical home while enjoying small town living? This is the home for you. This 3BR 2BA home sits on 3 lots & has many updates: `11 roof, `04 furnace, `03 A/C unit, `08 water heater, newer windows throughout, &mostly new flooring. The living room is an addition to the home which has a cathedral ceiling and a wood burning fireplace with rustic barn siding. There are several closets for storage & a whole house attic fan. Nearly new stainless dishwasher stays & home warranty offered! MLS# 123576 Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865

PROFESSIONALS 2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 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

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 Wednesday- Choir Practice - 7:00 Youth Second Saturday - 10am - 2pm 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

Bucket List by Keith Masten, Pastor Richland Creek Baptist Church Perhaps you have seen the movie or read the e-mail. Or maybe you have made your own “Bucket List” – the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket!” But even more important is the “Bucket List” that leads to eternal life. How many of these items have you experienced? The time is now. 1. Sang “Jesus Loves Me?” 2. Visited someone who lives alone or in a nursing home? 3. Spoke, sang or read as a part of your church service? 4. Prayed for God’s will to be done? 5. Prayed for those who are mean to you or hate you? 6. Volunteered at the bread line? 7. Fasted for 24 hours in honor of your Maker? 8. Bought supplies for a less fortunate family? 9. Been on a mission trip? 10. Stayed up all night at a youth group lock-in? 11. Told a perfect stranger that Jesus loves them? 12. Read the entire bible? 13. Memorized at least 10 bible verses? 14. Obeyed the 10 commandments? 15. Told someone, “I am a Christian!” 16. Shared the gospel with someone who then accepted Christ? 17. Forgiven someone – totally and unconditionally? 18. Asked for forgiveness for your sins? 19. Accepted Jesus Christ? 20. Been baptized?

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Revelation 21:3-7

JONES BOYS MARKET Family Owned and Operated Since 1932. We are the Boys with the Brats!

New for 2012

Downtown Ashland, IL Chicken Bacon Ranch Premium Dill Pickle Taco BBQ Chicken


@ Jones Boys Market

Top 10 for 2011 1. Apple Brats 2. Smoked Mozzarella & Garlic 3. Sweet Italian 4. English Bangers 5. Horseradish

6. SteakHouse 7. Four Frenchmen 8. Ham & Pineapple 9. Cajun 10. Jalapenó

S = Sweet, M = Mild, T = Tastey S - Apple Brats M - English Bangers M - Sweet Italian T - Four Frenchmen M - Smoked Mozzarella Garlic M - French Beef S - Cherry Chip S - Ham & Pineapple M - Hungarian M - Currywurst M - Polish Kielbasa T - Horseradish Brat S - Root Beer Brat M - Vidalia Onion (Seasonal) M - Garden M - Chicken Asiago M - SteakHouse Brat M - Garlic & Chive’s Brat (Seasonal) T - Jalapenó T - Cajun T - Habanero M - ‘German’ Bratwurst

Stop by our booth inside the Illinois Products Tent on Friday, Aug. 10th (Opening Day) & Sunday, Aug. 12th, (Veteran’s Day), from 10a.m. - 6p.m. for ‘FREE’ samples of our very own ‘SPECIALITY BRATS’!

The Pleasant Plains Community Club would like to thank the following for their monetary contributions to the Snap, Crackle, Pop Fireworks Extravaganza held July 4th in Pleasant Plains at the high school ball field. Without these wonderful businesses and individuals, the Club could not continue to have this beautiful fireworks display to celebrate our countries freedom and independence. Again, thank you to the following:

ADVENTURE CLUB Watch for upcoming events 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342

A Full Service Bank

Allen’s Market Boesdorfer Trucking Brandt Consolidated, Inc Bunn O Matic Casey’s Cass Cable H & B Specialities Illini Bank INB Reiser Construction Roberts Tools RPA Elevator South County Publications Vono Medical Supplies West Central Bank West Central Insurance Audie & Bonnie Alexander Dr. Fred Uhland Joan Fitzgerald Joan Studach Nicholas Dudley Patty Stremsterfer Robert & Beth Kaufmann Rose Hergenrother Ruby & Odell Roberts Susie Conner Terry & Marilyn Thornhill Wayne Pyle

The Pleasant Plains Community Club would like to thank all who came out and watched our Snap, Crackle, Pop Fireworks Extravaganza. The evening was gorgeous, but hot, and the fireworks went off without a hitch. We hope you all come back next year as plans will start to be made when our club resumes meetings in September. A big thanks to the following – the Pleasant Plains Fire Department for being close at hand in case of any incidences, and the Pleasant Plains Police Department for directing traffic. Thank you to the Unit District #8 for letting the club use the soccer field for the fireworks and the staff who help with the field and parking lot lights and electric hook up. The club also wants to thank those who supported the Snap, Crackle, Pop Fireworks monetarily. Without financial support from the private sector and many fundraisers and hard work by our members, this would not be possible. Another thank you to the members of our club who cooked and sold delicious ribeye sandwiches, sloppy joe’s and hot dogs. The food was awesome! The club, which meets the first Tuesday of the month starting in September, welcome’s new members, family and individual. For more information, contact 217/6527890 or 217/652-8299. Pleasant Plains is a great community. Thanks for the support. Pleasant Plains Community Club


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

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

Prentice, Philadelphia, Strawns Crossing, and Tallula.

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds.

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

CASS COUNTY HISTORY & BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK… The 175th Cass County History and Biographical book will be available for those that haven't ordered a copy and would like to purchase one at our office 109 S. Front St., Virginia, IL. They will be $65 each and if would like them mailed add $5.00. They will be available June 1, 2012..

Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612

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

Lucky’s Café has been chosen as the best salad bar in town! Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums

Darrin Smith Owner

16693 Newmansville Avenue Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Ph: (217) 971-4571


Carpet Cleaning Car Interior

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

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

The A-C Central FFA Chapter has kept busy this July despite being on summer vacation! Our members have been receiving honors through scholarships and we even have royalty among us. We are proud to announce that Krissy Simmons, a 2012 graduate of the A-C Central Ag Program, was named the Illinois Agri-Women Scholarship winner and will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship for this accomplishment. Caseelynn Johnston was named the 2012-2013 Cass County 4-H Queen. We are very proud of them for their accomplishments. At the Section 14 FFA Fair held at the Menard County Fairgrounds in Petersburg on July 24th, members competed for top honors with their FFA projects. Caseelynn Johnston exhibited the Champion Yorkshire Barrow that was named the Grand Champion Barrow Overall and the Champion Crossbred Steer that was also named the Grand Champion Steer Overall. Nathan Mahoney exhibited the first place Chester Gilt, 1st place Crossbred Gilt, 1st place Yorkshire Gilt, and 1st place Crossbred Barrow that was named the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow Overall. Dustin Duckwiler exhibited the Grand Champion Vegetable Display and also had the 1st place Pullet and 1st place Cockerel. Zach Fields received recognition for his livestock exhibiting skills and was named the Swine Showmanship Winner. The chapter was also honored to have the Top Chapter Barrow Display consisting of five animals from three members including Zach Fields, Nathan Mahoney and Caseelynn Johnston pictured with Section 14 FFA President Cole Baker. Members also exhibited the Top Chapter Steer Display consisting of five animals from members including Caseelynn Johnston, Lane Wegs, Joseph Ratliff and Carmen Savage. Other exhibitors included Dustin Duckwiler, Westin Duckwiler and Parrish Smith (not pictured) in Garden Vegetables, Caseelynn Johnston and Westin Duckwiler in Poultry and Caseelynn Johnston in Rabbits. We would also like to thank Mr. Dan Williams for judging the horse show at the event. At this time, I would also like to thank all of the supporters of the A-C Central FFA Chapter for making my teaching experience at A-C Central unforgettable. I have accepted a position with the Facilitating Coordination for Agricultural Education as the District III Program Advisor for the coming year. I have been blessed to work with your children these past six years and will forever be grateful to all of you in the Ashland and Chandlerville communities for giving me this opportunity. Your support, as well as the support from the community, school faculty and administration led to our successes and I am sure there are many more awards to be won in the coming years as A-C Central FFA members continue to make us proud. - Mrs. Jennifer Waters

On July 11, 2012, Fire Chief Jeff DeGeal issued a Village wide burn ban. It will remain in effect until further notice. If you have information concerning the vandalism on the water tower, please contact the police department (217/476-3317). Both parks are currently closed to anyone under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. It is unlawful for a minor to purchase, accept and be in possession of any tobacco product. It is unlawful for any person to sell, buy for, or furnish any tobacco product to a minor. A violation of this Ordinance is punishable by fine per violation. If you enjoy gardening and are willing to volunteer your time making Ashland’s entrances beautiful, we would appreciate your talents. Please contact the Village office (217/476-3317). If you see a street light out, call the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact Ameren CIPS for repair.

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

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

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 Seth Thornley, Trustee Frank Wallce, Trustee Terry Blakeman, Trustee

ASHLAND U-HELP... Any student may apply for up to $500 loan with an interest rate of 3%. Applications are available at West Central Bank in Ashland. FALL CITY-WIDE YARD SALE… The Annual Fall City-wide Yard Sale will be September 15, 2012. HOUSE CLEANING… Cleaning for residential or a business call 476-8204. Linda Lueck FOR SALE… 2002 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab pickup, Gray. Highway mileage, but reliable. Daily driver. New tires. If interested, call 476-3764 between the hours of 8am 5pm. Leave message and I’ll return your call.

SR. SAINTS… Senior Saints will have a western BBQ, Saturday, August 25, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church hall. BBQ, buns, drinks, table service provided. Please bring a salad, vegetable or dessert dish to share. Entertainment. Call Judy Mills (4763469 or 652-2948) if you plan to attend or have questions. 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.

Left: Welcome to Illinois: The Land of Lincoln’s Desert Right: Traffic note: Looks like traffic is backing up on I55 The staff of the Ashland Scoop would like to apologize to Helen Blair, whose birthday is NOT in July.

1 - Betty Noel 1 - Bob Briggs 3 - Jean Briggs 4 - Steve Aggertt 6 - Shirley Edwards 11 - Bill Gardner

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Tom Votsmier Wendy Rhoads Prather Irene King Ada Virginia Bloomfield J.R. Blair Larry Dodds Kay Handy Cost of ads per issue. 1/8 page - $15 1/4 page - $30 1/2 page - $40 Would you like to advertise in our newsletter? Call 476.3764 or stop by Printers Ink at 112 N. Yates.

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You can get your copy of “The Scoop” newsletter at any of the advertisers in this issue. Issues are also available at the churches, and many of our local businesses. THE COMMITTEE FOR THE ASHLAND SCOOP NEWSLETTER WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A BIG THANKS FOR ALL OF THE GENEROUS CASH DONATIONS AND FOR ALL OF THE BUSINESS ADVERTISING FOR OUR NEWSLETTER. WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN KEEP OUR COMMUNITY AWARE OF LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS.

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Ashland, IL 62612 Richland

Hours: 7:30 am - 1 pm Tuesday - Friday

Closed Saturday-Sunday-Monday

3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Pleasant Plains


300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612




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 (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 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

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.


Propane LLC New Construction Remodeling Gutters

220 N. Yates - Ashland Office: 1-866-225-8126 Garrett Savage - Bob Savage Ron Ahlers - Salesman cell: (217)691-9631


Plumbing - Heating - Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612

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

Phone: (217)476-3595

August 2012 My Favorite Devotion Friends, The favorite devotion I read this last month was “Bruised Christians” by C.S. Lewis. I found this devotion in the book “Every Day with Jesus”. I hope you enjoy… “Like a toddler just learning to walk, we Christians sometimes stumble as we make our way along the narrow path. Some days we get by without a scratch; still other days we barely limp through, bruised and bleeding. The amazing reality about our Christian journey is that we don’t take it alone. We have other Christians before us, behind us, and beside us to pick us up when we fall. Better still, we have our Savior who wipes away the tears, cleans our wounds, and applies the healing salve of forgiveness. When we stumble, we learn from our mistakes. Having come through the rough times we have the wisdom to help others in similar situations. God knows we don’t like to stumble, but he makes sure that everything works together for good - our good and the good of his kingdom. Step forward boldly, knowing he walks with you.” Have a great August! See you in September! Only Love 1 Kings 8:23 Exodus 3:7-10 Psalm 22:2 Romans 8:18 James 5:10-11

MATT GREER President

Located at West Central Bank 400 East Buchanan, PO Box 467 Main: 217-476-3653 - Fax: 217-476-3342 Email: Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician It’s a Fabulous, Fun, Fantastic, Flip-Flop Summer at Amity Nail Spa. Get free nail art or a free pair of flip-flops with every pedicure! (while supplies last) Call for an appointment today! 217-416-7615

INSURANCE QUESTIONS?... We can lower your med supp rates, offer final expense, cancer, and accidental death policies (with return of your premiums!) as well as policies for diabetics. Call 527-1988 at the Lundin Agency or myself at 652-1449, Don Klor. Also home & auto quotes! Thank You! SINGLE BEDROOM DUPLEX FOR RENT … VERY CLEAN, Fresh Flooring & Paint. Available After July 1st. Mowing Included! Deposit and References Required. 217-7872521, 217-652-1449

Someone You Should Know Editor’s Note: I listened to Alneta sing on Songwriter’s Night at the Hall of Fame Motel in Nashville. I liked her songs, as did everyone else that was there.


********** Hi Friends and Fans,

Simply “Alneta” One night of our vacation to Nashville Tennessee, we went out to Shoney’s and met this wonderful lady. Turns out she is a poet, song writer, and lyricist, and just so happens, our server for the evening. We visited awhile, and then she began sharing her work with us, from memory, line by line, full of emotion, and we just found ourselves stopping our dinner and just listening in awe. We instantly knew that we wanted to share her work with everyone. We mentioned to her that we produce a local newsletter, upon her learning, was excited for us to publish her works. So we thought we would take a small portion of our newsletter each month and share her work with you. It’s uncanny how true each topic applies today, even though some of these pieces were written back in the early to middle 1990s. She was definitely a ‘charmer’, charismatic, and a diamond in the rough. So, “Simply ‘Alneta’ ” as she titled her body of works that she shared with us, will be HER space, for us to share her talent. GOD bless this wonderful lady!

“ME” I hope that you can see in me What God intended me to be Plain and simple, a common face Down to earth, anyplace. Kind and gentle as a lamb Always being what I am Standing tall, forever true Virtues found in very few Sharing all that goodness brings I hope that you can see these things. I hope that I can stay upon The pedestal you’ve put me on Never changing, still the same Holding honor to my name. Speaking softly, words of cheer Whenever needed, always near And if the time should ever come That I return to where I’m from I hope that we can keep in touch To have your friendship means so much.

From a little town called Poplar Bluff Missouri, I came to Nashville to do something everyone wants to do, FULFILL A DREAM! Being from a musical family, on my mother’s side, I started singing and writing at an early age. My personal experiences have inspired me in my songwriting and has caused me to bring forth some pretty good tearjerkers. Of course, I have written some happy songs, too. I am truly a country girl at heart, and I love to walk down country roads. In fact, I get a lot of ideas for songs when I am among nature. There is something about the outdoors and the sound of the wind that triggers my thoughts, although not all of my songs are written outdoors. I came to Nashville in early March, 1987, because I felt my calling. I felt the need to be among my own kind. Since I have been here, I have wondered why I didn’t come sooner. I have met a lot of interesting people who are in the same boat I am in. Having a good spouse has helped tremendously. His name is Joe and he is behind me one hundred percent. In fact, he was one of the first to believe in me and pushed me this way. He loves country music and he loves my country style. This “modern country” doesn’t set to well with me. I am pure country, and it comes out when I sing my songs. When I pick up my Martin - 12 string, I am happy, for I can express my feelings. It helps me make it through another day. When you look at me, you’re looking at a girl who loves what she’s doing and that is what really matters.

- Alneta

August 2012 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

Ashland Scoop, Ashland IL Newspaper

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