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DECEMBER 2008 Volume 1 Issue 9


Holiday Home Tour

Start December with a homemade soup and sandwich luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 7th from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Baptist Church. A home tour will follow from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $5.00 each. At this time, the line-up includes the homes of Harold Jurgens, Don Parsons, and Dick Gutmann, with a final stop at Yatesville School for refreshments. Entertainment at 5:00 pm by the 5th grade choral reading and the Junior High chorus. Sponsored by the Ashland Community Club, the proceeds will be used for the coming 30th Annual Summer Days. Watch for a Trivia Night coming in early 2009.

“Something Unique” at the Gutmann House… Jak and Joe Henton and Clara Burge from ―Something Unique‖, along with Nick Britz from Nickorbob‘s Craft Mall will be helping decorate the Gutmann House for the Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 7th. Please make sure to stop in to see the gorgeous holiday certerpieces, wreaths, mantle pieces, and ornaments that will be throughout our home. You will also have the opportunity to order a piece or purchase the one from our house if you‘d like! Looking forward to seeing you all on December 7th! Happy Holidays from Dick and Kelly Gutmann

The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department will be collecting for the Toys For Tots once again this year. Boxes will be put out following Thanksgiving at various businesses in Ashland. You can also contact any fireman to make donations. All donations are appreciated and go to good use. Have a happy holiday season.

December School Schedule 1st ............ JH BB A-C Tourney, 6:15 PM ................. Fr BB vs West Central, 6:15 PM 2nd ........... JH BB vs. Glenwood 3rd ............ HSGB West Central ................. HS @ Winchester 4th ............ JH BB A-C Tourney, 6:15 PM ................. GBB @ Virden, 6:15 PM 5th ............ HSBB vs Carrolton, 6:15 PM 6th ............ JH BB A-C Tourney, 9: AM ................. FR BB @ Athens Shootout 8th ............ HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland ................. FrBB @ New Berlin Tourney ................. JH BB @ Havana, 6 PM ................. GBB vs W. Central @ VHS, 6:15 PM 9th ............ HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland ................. JR HIGH WINTER CONCERT, 7:00 PM 10th .......... FrBB @ N. Berlin Tourney ................. HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland, 6:15 PM ................. HS WINTER CONCERT, 7 PM 11th .......... HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland ................. JH BB vs Brown County, 6:15 PM ................. Fr BB @ Greenview, 6:15 PM ................. GBB @ Beardstown, 6:15 PM 12th .......... HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland 13th .......... HSBB WIVC Tourney @ Ashland ................. FrBB @ New Berlin Tourney ................. GBB vs Calhoun @ VHS, 1 PM 15th .......... FrBB @ New Berlin Tourney ................. JH BB @ Pleasant Plains Tourney, 5:30 PM ................. GBB @ Routt, 6:15 PM 16th .......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney ................. HSBB vs North Greene, 6:15 PM 17th .......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney ................. Elementary Christmas Program, 7 PM ................. Board of Education Meeting, 7-9 PM 18TH ......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney ................. FrBB @ Rushville, 6:00 PM ................. JH BB vs Greenview, 6:15 PM ................. GBB @ Porta, 6:15 PM 19th .......... SCHOOL DISMISS AT 11:30 AM ................. GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney 20th .......... FrBB A-C Tourney ................. HSBB @ IC Shootout, 12:30 PM 22nd ......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney ................. JH BB vs Virginia, 6:15 PM, NO SCHOOL 23rd .......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL ................. HSBB @ Triopia, 6:15 PM 24th .......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL 25th .......... GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL 26th .......... HSBB @ Williamsville Tourney ................. GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL 27th .......... HSBB @ Williamsville Tourney 29th .......... HSBB @ Williamsville Tourney ................. GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL 30th .......... HSBB Williamsville Tourney ................. GBB @ Riverton Xmas Tourney, NO SCHOOL

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

Church Christmas Programs Catholic Churches Christmas Cantata December 21st - 5:00 pm St. Luke Church in Virginia Ashland Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service 9:00 pm (Christmas Carols 8:30 pm) Ashland Methodist Church Christmas Eve Service 7:30 pm (Music Begins at 7:15 pm)

Birthdays & Anniversaries December Birthdays Dec 2 - Shawn Eskew (41) Dec 6th - Travis Wallbaum Dec 9th - Jim Heather (62) December 10th-Alex Gardner (18) Dec 16th - David Bryant Dec 18th - Ramona Douglass Dec 25th - BABY JESUS Dec 28th - Jim Handy Dec 29th - Judy Cosner Dec 31st-Kelsey Gardner(16)

December Anniversaries Dec 12 - Forrest & Carol Duncan (Belated)Nov. 24th– Bob and Phyllis Sutphin, 46 Yrs.

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

Celebrate God’s Great Christmas Gift - Salvation 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

Worship with us at First Baptist Church.

Ladies’ Prayer Breakfast Schedule 2008-2009 2008

Dec. 6 - Richland Creek Baptist

2009 Jan. 3 - St. Augustine Catholic 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

Make your Christmas shopping easy with Gold Canyon Candles! The strongest smelling, longest lasting candles available. Gifts & stocking stuffers. Julie Peterson 725-6180 Email:

For Rent in Ashland 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments. Call Donn & Julie Klor at (217)787-2521.

VFW Post 3546 recognized Ramona Douglass with a jacket for 40+ years of volunteer services by assisting with Memorial Day observances at local cemeteries and for rendering ―TAPS‖ at Veterans funerals. Thanks Ramona!

Happy Holidays from Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


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608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

Love Thy Neighbor Express it with Gift Certificates or by the Box full, personal or anonymous - any value-any occasion We’ll help you customize your gift for a friend or neighbor in need.

Jones Boys Market 476-3914 - Call John or Beth

RPA Farmers Co-op Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM Ashland Office 220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3936 Pleasant Plains Office 300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1331

Richland Office 3090 Richland Elevator Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1551

Season’s Greetings - Thank You! To all persons that have contributed to my ―can‖ recycle hobby for another year. Many have given their cans since 1989 when I was walking highways and byways. Special thank you to all that brought them to my home, put them in my truck, and called me to pick up, and a special thank you to all anonymous givers that bring them to my ―burger‖ and coffee habit, and some can mashers. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the new year.

Jim Edwards

Newell Insurance Agency, Inc. A SUBSIDIARY OF THE STATE BANK OF ASHLAND E-mail: 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

Debbie Jones

Gardner Construction 2878 Panther Grove Road Ashland, IL 62612 PH: 217-452-7783 CL: 217-341-3415 Leave Message 217-476-8135

Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

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

Cass County Food Pantry Partners Program The Cass County Food Pantry wants to extend an opportunity to your organization for you to partner with your Food Pantry and have hands on experience helping where it is needed. Here‘s how it works: Your organization provides volunteers to help fill food boxes which will be distributed each month. Your group can volunteer on a one-time basis or on a recurring basis throughout the year. You will work with experienced Food Pantry volunteers. The job is simple. It is simply taking items from the shelf and placing them in boxes until the box is packed. This simple job is vital to the Food Pantry and is appropriate for a wide age range.

Pantry Partners is a great time of fellowship and gives your organization experience in reaching out and helping those in need. This is a great opportunity for youths groups to serve their community. To arrange a time for your group to help, please contact Joanne Anderson at 452-7497 or 473-5638.

―A Full Service Bank‖ 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467

PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342

First Gold Club December 11, 2008 Our Lady of the Snows Belleville, Illinois Contact Linda Klauber at 476-3325 Or Activity & Tour Director, Nance Bryant, at 476-3508.

Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season!

Allen’s Market All of us at Allen’s Market want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Prentice Farmers Elevator

PRAIRIE SKIES PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BEGIN ANNUAL MEMORIAL BOOK PROGRAM The Prairie Skies Public Library District is, again, sponsoring a ―Books with Bows‖ campaign this year. This special memorial and honor book program offers a unique way to remember family, friends, and teachers during the holiday season. A display featuring books of all types will be at both locations Ashland and Pleasant Plains. Individuals will participate by selecting a ―Books with Bows‖ title and then donating the listed price. The library will place a personalized bookplate, commemorating the honored person, inside the book‘s cover. The library will send a card to the person or person‘s family named by the donor. The program will begin Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It will end on Christmas Eve. For more details, contact one of the Prairie Skies Public Library sites. For Ashland, 217-476-3417; for Pleasant Plains, 217-6261553. WiFi is now available at both locations of the Prairie Skies Public Library. Come in and try your skill!

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.


NEAL‘S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612

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

Closed Sundays & Mondays

Benefit for Donn Stephens Donn Stephens, former music director at A-C Central, has been diagnosed with aggressive prostrate cancer. Because he is new to the Springfield School District, he will not have enough sick days to cover his treatment, which begin in December. The local teachers are organizing a fund-raiser on Sat., Dec. 13th at the Springfield High School Commons. Entertainment begins at 3pm. The AC Central pep band will perform at 3:45. (Judy Kaye and friends; Judy Fulton, Bob White, and company) will entertain at 6pm. For a $5 donation at the door, the public can enjoy many kinds of entertainment from 3-9 pm, including a flute choir, gospel music, jazz, a brass quintet, the cast of ―Joseph‖, Christmas music, a praise band, and many choirs. There will be a 50/50 drawing, food, a silent auction, and many other items for sale. If you can help, or would like to send a donation, please contact Judy Fulton or Kim Webster. 2008 MORGAN COUNTY SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS FROM ASHLAND 1st Place Winners Modified Class - #35 Brandon Roberts Street Stock Class - #19A Roger Smith Late Model Class - #42 Travis Wallbaum (4th Place) Congratulations to you for an entertaining season.

November 1, 2008, was a very sad day for me, as I said goodbye to all my little ones, family and friend‘s pictures on the walls in the office at Stephenson Cleaners. Wendell and I thank you all for your faithful dedication and business. I will miss seeing and visiting with each and every one of you. Wendell would tell those who would say,‖You need to increase your prices— that we were in the business to make a living, not rob the people‖. This we did for 45years. We enjoyed serving the Ashland and surrounding communities. But God has other plans for me now. I am able to enjoy my greatgrandchildren. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Shelly and her family for all of their faithfulness to keep the business open a little longer. Thanks to my family I am able to go to Berea Church each Sunday. So, if you want to say hi, come see me there or at Brenda‘s in Jacksonville. Have a Very Merry Christmas & God‘s blessings on all in the coming year. God Bless You All. Frances Stephenson 923 Freedom Jacksonville, Illinois 62650 (Brenda‘s home address)

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Ashland Bids Farewell To a Long-Time Landmark

BITS-N-PIECES V.F.W... Meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. 3rd Monday each month. AMERICAN LEGION... Meets quarterly at 7:30 p.m. 3rd Monday each designated month. (January - April - July - October) 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. 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.

The Ashland United Methodist Women held their annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Catholic Hall, noon, Thursday, November 20th. This is the 30th year for this event.

FOR SALE, RASCAL 3 WHEEL HANDICAP SCOOTER… Rascal 3-Wheel handicap scooter; like new; dad went to nursing home several years ago and won‘t be able to use it again; time to get it out of the garage; cost approx $3500 new; will sell for $1500 obo; has hydraulic lift, leather seat, removable arms, cup holder, head and tail lights, turn signals, hazard flashers, rearview mirror, on board battery charger, maroon color, 899-9100, 7am - 10pm

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE V.F.W. POST 3546… Trophies nor gold could have pleased me as much as the Roast beef and all the trimmings was jacket you presented me at the recent meeting. It is a privienjoyed by 66 that came to enjoy food lege and an honor for me to be a V.F.W. volunteer, and I wear and fellowship. Carry-outs were taken to the jacket with pride. As long as I am able, I will continue to 18 who were unable to attend. help with any activities I can. Love you all, Ramona Douglass Thanks to Cass Co, Health Dept., who sent a nurse to do THANK YOU… blood pressure checks and flu shots. The Library Staff would like to thank Ronnie Cave for the delicious Thanksgiving Dinner that was delivered to us on NovemThe music instructor and sever A-C Central students ber 20th.

entertained us with several music selections.

A special thanks to the Catholics for letting us use their hall for the dinner. U.M.W. Ladies

SURVEYS… A reminder to return your flood damage surveys to designated drop locations. The next Village of Ashland board meeting will be December 10th.

METHODIST CHURCH SECOND SATURDAYS We will present a puppet show during our annual Christmas Open House. The dates and themes for Second Saturday are: December 13 ........... Christmas (open house/Christmas Program 1:00pm) January 10 .............. Game Day February 14 ............. Valentine‘s Day March 14 ................. St. Patrick‘s Day April 11 .................... Easter May 9 ....................... Mother‘s Day

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. A-C Students Participate in Red Ribbon Week During the week of October 27-31, students at A-C Central participated in activities to promote a drug free lifestyle. Several events were planned to encourage students not to do drugs. Monday was ―Get ‗Red‘ of Drugs Day,‖ and students wore red colored clothing and signed pledge cards to be drug free. STAR members wrote ―red letters‖ to the third grade students. Tuesday was ―Winners Don‘t Do Drugs Day,‖ and students wore favorite sports clothing. STAR officers traveled to Chandlerville with a program for the junior high students. Wednesday was devoted to ―Join the Fight Against Drugs Day‖ as students wore camouflage style clothing. In addition, the entire Ashland student population joined together to ―Can the Man ‗In‘ Day‖ (our principal, Mr. Dan Williams) inside his office. Students brought canned goods that will be donated to the Cass County Food Pantry. Thursday was ―Elect to be Drug Free Day‖ as students interested in casting a ballot for President participated in a mock election during lunch. Friday students participated in Halloween Spirit Day. The last few minutes of 1st block high school students dressed in black and orange received a Dum-Dum sucker. At 2:40, STAR students went to the last block class to see who resisted eating the sucker. If they did resist, they were offered a pack of Smarties as a reward for resisting the temptation.

(Left) Mr. Williams gives a ―thumbs up‖ as Cass Wessel, Lindsay Miller, and Kelsey Hon-

A-C CENTRAL FFA HELPS COMMUNITY MEMBERS This year, the A-C Central FFA Chapter has opted to not hold a labor auction. Instead, the chapter will be working for community members that contact the FFA chapter to assist with various community and home improvement projects. If you could use the group‘s assistance and would like to make a donation to the chapter in return, please contact adviser, Jennifer Waters at the A-C Central High School, at 217-476-3312, or by e-mailing your potential request to

A-C Central / Virginia Volleyball IHSA State Runner-up 2008

Team Roster

The Lady Knights finished the 2008 Volleyball season with a heartbreaking loss to Eastland (Lanark) in the Championship of Class 1A at Redbird Arena on the ISU campus. The intense three game match saw the Lady Knights lose the first game 25-22 only to rebound and win the second game 25-21. In the final game the girls from A-C Central / Virginia fought hard but came up short 25-23. They finished the season with a school record for wins in a 34-8 record. The first trip to a state finals in any sport by the Knights was in no way a disappointment. The entire tournament series was exciting and rewarding. With a huge crowd supporting them the girls gave it everything they had and brought home the IHSA State Volleyball Runner-up trophy. A large crowd greeted the team at a reception held in the gym upon their arrival back at the school. The A-C Central Booster Club sponsored the event with cake and lemonade. Two players from the team established individual state tournament records. Taylor Jacobs set a single game record for kills with 20, while Brittany Stribling set a similar record for assists with 44. Coach VanMeter says she will miss the three seniors, Taylor Jacobs, Kelsey Honkala and Kayla Birdsell, but is excited about the future of the program and does not rule out a return trip to the Redbird Arena.

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L TO R - Dustin Duckwiler, Kassidy Stewart, Teagan Smith, Kelsie Towery and Brooke Johnson all joined the A-C Central FFA Chapter team to serve lunches at the local elevators this fall. They provided pork chop lunches at Richland and Pleasant Plains elevators on Oct. 4 and Ashland and Prentice elevators on Oct. 11.

December 2008 - Ashland Scoop  

December 2008 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois

December 2008 - Ashland Scoop  

December 2008 Edition of the Ashland Scoop - Ashland, Illinois