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The Scoop Newsletter

November 2013 Volume 7 - Issue 11


NOTICE - ASHLAND SENIORS Don’t forget the Senior Citizens Dinner sponsored by the Ashland United Methodist Women. It will be on Thursday the 21st of November at noon and held at the St. Augustine Catholic Hall.This is the 33rd year we have been able to offer the dinner as a gift to the Seniors of the community (Seniors serving Seniors).

517 W. Mechanic St. Ashland


Great 4BR 2BA ranch with over 1600 sq.ft. on a corner lot offering many new updates. Totally remodeled kitchen with new tile flooring, cabinets, and countertops in `05. Roof, siding and exterior doors were replaced in `09. On demand water heater was installed in `07. Fenced back yard with nice outdoor area for relaxing on the deck or in the hot tub that stays. Original hardwood floors in the living room with a new fireplace that was installed in `09. Seller is offering a home warranty. Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865 2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 217-741-1865


BUYER NEEDS… Buyer A: $≤100,000, Springfield, garage and basement Buyer B: $≤200,000 ≥2 acres, Pleasant Plains School District. Buyer C: $≤50,000, Springfield, ≥ 2BR, ≥1000 sq. ft. Buyer D: $≤115,000 Ashland, 3BR, w/large garage, 2 bath Buyer E: $≤400,000 w/acreage in Cass, Sangamon or Menard County. ≥4BR, ≥2BA Buyer F: $≤120,000 Springfield, 3BR (large master preferred), ≥2BA, garage. Buyer G: $≤150,000 Ashland, 3BR, w/basement Call if you would consider selling a home that meets the above criteria!

Reservations are not necessary but are requested. Please call Pat Houser at 476-3460 or Eleanor Cosner at 452-3409. Carry-out service is available if you are unable to come to the Hall. If a ride is needed, ask when you make your reservation. The Cass County Health Department will be there again this year to do blood pressure checks. We want to thank them for the services they provide and thank the Catholic Church for the use of the Hall.

A-C Central High School and Eldridge Plays will be presenting No Signs of Intelligent Life November 8 and 9 at 7pm at the high school. This comedy by Bryan Starchman features over 30 students and examines awkward human habits from the perspective of aliens that are living among us. If you think you’ve suffered too many awkward moments or been in the dark in conversations, just think how poor, innocent aliens feel! Hungry to fit in, they do and say things that we humans aren't allowed to. Join in the laughter as these extraterrestrials meet all kinds of humans -- teenagers, rednecks, survivalists and the most enigmatic, tech support nerds. Will these hapless aliens be able to figure out the daily rituals of dating, gossiping at the water cooler, camping, or even fixing our computers? The aliens have the knowledge to increase food production, create alternative energies, and achieve world peace. Are Earthlings the intelligent life they seek to bestow these gifts? More important, could Earthlings help the aliens get home again?! *Please note, if the football team advances to the second round of playoffs, the performance times and date may need to be adjusted to accommodate the game.

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 Jimmy Coyle 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 ASHLAND COMMUNITY ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Eve. Baptist Church Hall - 7 - 8:30 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. Pam Hoffman 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Darin Peterson Ph. 217-675-2124 Sunday School for all ages @ 9:15-10:15 am Worship Service @ 10:30 am YOUTH4TRUTH Monday evening @ 6:30 pm Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ 8:00 am


The Cass County Food Pantry would like to thank Caseys and West Central November 2 - First Baptist December 7 - Richland Creek Bank for sponsoring our successful January 4 - United Methodist "Pumping for Tips" Fundraiser held on Thursday, October 17th. Also a *All ladies of Ashland and Pleasant big Thank You to all who supported Plains communities are invited to attend. our efforts and donated to our fund“For where two or three are gathered in my raiser! You have helped us feed name, there am I in the midst of them.” many Cass County families! Mathew 18:20 Fund Raiser Entertainment

Advanced tickets, call Judy at 217-415-4395

Dick Tator & The Tots Toad and Amanda Davey French Burr Smith & Co Rick Lenover Tray Eilers Dawn Hinkle Josh Brown Robert Sampson

Ordinance 2013-78 was passed on October 9, 2013. This Ordinance amends Chapter 25 regarding abatement and removal of weed nuisances. The full Ordinance is available for viewing at the Municipal Building. Ordinance 2013-79 was passed on October 9, 2013. This Ordinance amends Chapter 1-1-20 and repeals Chapter 1-1-21 regarding penalties for code violations. The fine schedule will be as follows: First offense $100.00; Second offense $200.00; Third offense $400.00; Fourth offense $750.00; Subsequent offenses are $200.00 multiplied by number of offenses. The full Ordinance is available for viewing at the Municipal Building. Ordinance 2013-80 was passed on October 9, 2013. This Ordinance amends Section 40-5-5 of the Zoning Code regarding prohibited uses in the R-1, Low Density Residential District, specifically, with the exception of home occupations, all commercial and industrial uses are prohibited. The full Ordinance is available for viewing at the Municipal Building. Yearly dog tag renewals were due on October 1, 2013 and are $5.00 per dog. For those needing to register dogs for the first time, the cost is $7.50 per dog. Not registering your dog or renewing your current tag will subject you to a fine. If you are in possession of a stray dog, please call the county sheriff’s office (217/452-7718) and ask them to contact Jim Birdsell. If you see a street light out, call the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact Ameren CIPS for repair.

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

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

Sewer $10.45 $ 4.40

E-mail: Facebook: Village of Ashland

Village of Ashland Board Members & Staff:

Terry Blakeman, Mayor Jim Birdsell, Chief of Police Ron Cave, Public Works Director Phyllis Sutphin, Village Treasurer Vanessa Doellman, Village Clerk Kitty Mau, Deputy Clerk

Kelly Sutphin-Gutmann, Trustee Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Greg Pettit, Trustee Frank Wallace, Trustee Dave Troxell, Trustee

Public Notice Annual Statement of the Office of Treasurer, Village of Ashland, County of Cass, State of IL May 1, 2012 thru April 30, 2013 Funds were received by the municipality as follows: GENERAL FUND State of IL Sales Tax $68,811.59; State of IL Income Tax $140,486.27; Personal Property Replacement & Use Tax $26,656.11; Cass Co. Property Taxes $52,568.95; Zoning & Game Machine Licenses $1,087.92; Traffic Fines $2,051.08; Dram Shop $3,440.00; Materials Sold/Labor $3,411.00; Police Vehicle Fund $120.00; Dog Tags/Misc. & Interest $10,512.87 STORM SEWER Interest $99.87 FLOOD CONTROL Loan & Interest $165,016.06; State of Illinois $25,000.00 FIRE PREVENTION Property Tax $17,547.32; Foreign Fire Insurance & Transfers $1,687.98 MOTOR FUEL TAX State of Illinois $37,947.61; Investment Matured & Interest Received $10,259.98 SPECIAL TAX FUND Property Taxes $32,278.29; Interest Received $27.76 WATERWORKS O&M Collections & Bulk Water $469,872.64; Hookups/Interest & Misc. $74,638.19 SEWER O&M Collections $163,431.21; Interest & Misc. $63.85 SEWER BOND & INT Misc./Interest $1,119.89 METER DEPOSIT Hookups $3,740.00 WATERWORKS BOND & INT Interest $157.89 ASHLAND MEMORIAL FUND Interest $2.33 EPA TESTING Collections $7,240.68 WATER TOWER PAINTING FUND Interest $47.12. Funds paid out exceeding an aggregate of $2,500 per vendor were as follows: Ameren $53,411.94; Barnhart Law Office, LTD $34,965.15; Bellati, Fay, Bellati & Beard $14,228.83; Benton & Assoc. $5,456.03; Callender Construction Co. $9,870.21; Casey’s General Store $10,062.47; Cass Communications Mgmt. Inc. $3,545.89; Cass County Highway Department $21,234.76; Cass Rural Water $68,393.89; City of Virginia $144,452.97; Estes Bridgewater & Ogden $6,350.00; Global Emergency Products $2,612.89; Hart, Southworth & Witsman $9,000.00; IEPA $27,762.70; IMCO Utility Supply $21,634.44; IML Risk Management $50,524.33; IRC, INC. $25,552.50; James W Klopfenstein & Assoc. Inc. $5,000.00; Lamar-Hager Construction Co. Inc. $6,276.20; Midwest Meter Inc. $4,163.35; Mud Trucking $3,495.02; North Morgan Water CO-OP $29,191.44; United States Postal Service $2,871.25; Professional Excavating $7,937.04; R.P. Lumber $3,454.35; Red Bud Supply $4,234.23; Richards Electric Motor Co. $19,999.52; Sunrise Ag Service Co. $6,320.46; Wallbaum Development Inc. $7,564.93; West Central Bank $166,938.22. Compensation of personnel as follows: Under $25,000: Fadra Birdsell, Terry Blakeman, Kelly Sutphin-Gutmann, Stan Fulton, Frank Wallace, Larry Cave, Kitty Mau, Owen Long, Sandy Roberts, Alicia Hager, John Justice, Tom Moffitt, Shawn Lynn, Jason Upton, H.A. Votsmier, Breann Knapp, Clinton Cave; $25,000 to $49,999.99: James Birdsell, Ronald Cave, Vanessa Doellman. Summary of Operations: GENERAL FUND received $311,545.79, disbursed $245,407.13 STORM SEWER received $99.87, disbursed $2,794.37 FLOOD CONTROL received $190,016.06, disbursed $191,103.61 FIRE PREVENTION received $19,235.30, disbursed $15,220.63 MOTOR FUEL TAX received $48,207.59, disbursed $62,655.86 SPECIAL TAX FUND received $32,306.05, disbursed $25,758.53 WATERWORKS O&M received $544,510.83, disbursed $486,673.53 SEWER O&M received $163,495.06, disbursed $199,723.70 SEWER BOND & INT received $31,119.89, disbursed $47,573.18 METER DEPOSIT received $3,740.00, disbursed $1,960.37 WATERWORKS BOND & INT received $108,320.59, disbursed $147,305.22 ASHLAND MEMORIAL FUND received $2.33, disbursed $0.00 EPA TESTING received $7,240.68, disbursed $1,882.50 WATER TOWER PAINTING FUND received $4,247.12, disbursed $0.00 PAYROLL ACCOUNT received $228,313.96, disbursed $224,553.48.





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


November 14th & 15th Shopping at Woodfield Mall Schaumburg, Illinois Also Medieval Times Dinner Show

A Full Service Bank 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342

Annual Holiday Open House Saturday November 2nd 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: John Cosner’s Farm 4 miles west of Ashland on Rt. 125, fourth house on the right. Hope to see you there! Frye Pottery, Pam and Tim Frye, (217) 868-5583

2013 is year 2 for Cass County’s Collection Center at New Beginning’s Christian Fellowship, 204 E. Washington, in Ashland. Our goal for this year is 300 boxes. Deliveries may be made at the Church during the hours listed. You don’t have to drive to Springfield or Jacksonville, you can drop your boxes off right here in Ashland.


National collection week is slated for November 18-25, 2013. It is not too early (or to late) to pack your box sending joy and the good news of Jesus Christ to a child in need of hope. There are so many hurting children in this world. Won’t you help at least one? We look forward to meeting you at the collection center to share God’s love with millions of children worldwide. Contact Lana Pfaffe at 217-415-0558 if you have questions. Collection Hours Monday, November 18 7 am -10am Tuesday, November 19 7am - 10am Wednesday, November 20 7am - 10am Thursday, November 21 7am - 10am Friday, November 22 7am - 10am Saturday, November 23 7am - 10am Sunday, November 24 7am - 1pm Monday, November 25 7am - 9am

4pm - 6pm 4pm - 6pm 4pm - 8pm 4pm - 6pm 4pm - 6pm

New Beginning’s Christian Fellowship - 204 E. Washington

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.

Norm Bryant Enterprises November 18 - 25, Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


Carpet Cleaning

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

Car Interior

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

A-C Central Marching Knights win IC Homecoming Parade

NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612 217.741.3874 Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 am - 1:00pm Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Monday


The A-C Central FFA had a wonderful turn out for the FFA Labor Auction. The FFA members were auctioned off to different community members. The community support of our program and for this event was tremendous. The A-C Central FFA members would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came and supported the members. The FFA members are very fortunate to have a supportive Alumni and community. We look forward to carrying on the labor auction as an annual event. Again, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this night a success.

The A-C Central Marching Knights competed in the Illinois College Homecoming parade on Saturday October 12, 2013 at 10 AM. The parade made its way down State Street and around the square to finish up on College Street. The parade hosted 2 classes of competition for large schools and small schools. Winners of the parade competition were: Small School: 1st – A-C, 2nd – Auburn and 3rd – New Berlin. Large School winners were: 1st – PORTA, 2nd – Athens. A-C finished the judging with perfect scores from each judge. It was a good day for the Marching Knights. A-C Central Marching Knights Close out the Marching Season on a High Note! The final competition for the Marching Knights of A-C Central was the Mardi Gras Parade in Pinckneyville IL on Oct. 26 at 7 PM. This night parade has become one of the students’ favorites. The parade kicks off with fireworks and is followed by 15 bands and floats that are all lights! It is quite a spectacle to see! The Marching Knights swept their class in this competition! Placings are as follows: Class A 1st – A-C 2nd – Elsberry HS 3rd – Sesser-Valier HS Outstanding Drum Major – A-C Outstanding Color Guard – A-C Outstanding Drum Line – A- C

It has been and outstanding season for the Marching Knights! The young musicians have lots to be proud of….their hard work has paid off in accolades!

SR. SAINTS… Sr. Saints are having a dinner Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 pm at the Baptist Church Hall. Ham and Fried Chicken will be furnished. Call before November 14th for reservations and we will give you a choice of what to bring. Call 476-8284 or 476-3927 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. NOTICE OF DATE CHANGES… - Girls Junior High Basketball - Athens Jr. High School @ A-C Central High School on 11/02/2013 has changed to 10:00AM. - Girls Junior High Basketball - A-C Central High School @Triopia Jr/Sr High School on 11/05/2013 has changed to 6:00PM.

DUPLEX APPARTMENT FOR RENT 604 S. Sylvan, duplex for rent. 1-bedroom, updated. $475 per month. No Pets — OR buy entire duplex for $300 per month. Call Julie or Donn at 217-652-1449 for details.

RPA Farmers Co-op Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM Richland 3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677


Pleasant Plains


300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612



November Anniversaries 01 - Adam & Amber Blair 02 - Norman & Nance Bryant 02 - Michelle & Joe Jolly 07 - Chuck & Spring Selby 11 - John & Jen Davin 17 - Marshall & Julie Jokisch 24 - Bob & Phyllis Sutphin 24 - Wayne & Phyllis Stevens

November Birthdays 04 - Bridgett Bell 05 - Kayla Farmer 09 - Denny Keeney 15 - Alice Reiser 16 – Jill Coy 17 - Kramer Wilder 18 - Tonya Wallbaum 21 - Mick Keeney 21 – Helen Blair 24 - Lonnie English 26 - Dacia DeGroot Grimm 27 - Marshall Jokisch 28 - Kay DeGroot 29 - Kent Keeney 30 - Phyllis Stevens 30 - Chris Devlin 30 - Christopher Devlin

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.


108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354 Jeffrey A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell - Kristen Arthalony

Other Locations: 116 State Street Beardstown, IL 62618 217.323.3018 Debbie Jones 979 Clocktower Drive Springfield, IL 62704 217-726-9885

815 W. Clinton Rushville, IL 62681 217.322.6230 Kala Peacock

Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL 415-0558 Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician

Enhance your natural nails with one of the 14-day wear gel polishes! Beautiful Hands, Beautiful Feet, Beautiful You!!


Caseelyn Johnston, Shelbi Thornley & McKenzie Stephens A-C Central at Quincy Octoberfest The Quincy Octoberfest parade was held on colorful Maine Street in Quincy IL on October 19 with a 2 PM parade. There were band from Missouri and Illinois. Bands participating were: A-C Central - Ashland IL, Hamilton HS - Hamilton IL, Canton R5 - Canton MO, Missouri Military Academy - Mexico MO, Scotland R1 HS - Scotland MO. Liberty HS Liberty IL, Mark Twain HS - Mark Twain MO, Clark Co. MO R – 1 HS, Highland HS - Higland MO, Rushville HS - Rushville, IL , Illini West HS – Carthage IL, QND – Quincy IL, Troy Buchanan HS, MO as well as the Quincy JH and Quincy Senior High bands. A-C Central had a great day and received a gold medal trophy for musicianship, first place in the Novice Division and 1st place in the Small school division. Members of the Marching Knights are: Banner: Conor Richard & Taylor Miller Flag: Sidney Donnan, Maddie Elder, Cassidy Smith, Erin Kelly, Lexi Brewers, Brit Smith, Natane Butler & JayCee Harris Drum Majors: Caseelynn Johnston, MacKenzie Stephens & Shelbi Thornley Flutes: Carrie Allen, Alex Brue, Chenoa Butler, Carlee Critchelow, Hallie Greer, Kristin Irlam, Bre Knapp, Samantha Koehler, Serena Nicholas, Sabrena Reek, & Christian Warden Clarinet: Hannah Miller, Emily Koch, Brit Beddingfield, Alexa Waters & Kayla Moffitt Alto Sax: Jennifer Adkins, Briley Eilers & Bailie Devlin Tenor Sax: Ryan Woodard, Quinn Allen, Jared Curry & Eric Savage Bari Sax: Ty Kesselring & Adam Hoffman Trumpet: Cerys Boston, Riley Cowman, Kirby Cowman, Kyle Winkelman, Craig Houchin & Quinlan Mahoney French Horn: Allyson Quick Trombone: David Miller Baritone: Lane Newell, MollyBetters & Dalton Johnston Tuba: Hoaby Hoagland & Jackson Allen Percussion: Brian Koch, Kolby Vandenbergh, Bailey Smith, Mat Bobbitt, Phillip Wessel, Zach Kays & Colton Bradley, Austin Cuba The March Knights are under the direction of Kim Webster.

ASHLAND WOMAN'S CLUB WOMEN OF THE ASHLAND COMMUNITY & SURROUNDING AREA Are you bored? Are you looking for a little fun? Are you in need of some intellectual stimulation in your life? Join the Ashland Woman's Club The club meets the first Tuesday of every month (September to May), 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Hall. A cultural program is followed by light refreshments. Membership is only $10 for the year. The club was organized in 1898, provides scholarships to area students and supports many local organizations and charities. The ladies play bridge and pinochle throughout the year. Some of the upcoming programs will be: November 5 Harvest Luncheon - Noon (reservations required) December 3 Winter Olympics February 4 Your Health - Cass County Public Health Educator & Nurse May 6 Spring Luncheon - Noon (reservations required) Contact Judy Mills 476-3469 if you have questions.

New Construction Remodeling Gutters

WALLBAUM DEVELOPMENT INC. ASHLAND, IL 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612

Plumbing - Heating Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching

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

Gardner Construction Co

Phone: (217)476-3595


2878 Panther Grove Road Ashland, IL 62612

Cell: 217-341-3415 Leave Message 217-476-8135

Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

Jackie Fortado Kesselring Makes Athletic Hall of Fame (Released by Colonel Zadok Magruder High School) Jackie Kesselring, Social Studies teacher from A-C Central Middle School, Ashland, IL has been inducted into the Colonel Zadok Magruder High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in Rockville, Maryland, in October 2013. Jackie was honored for her outstanding accomplishments and achievements in soccer as a scholar-athlete who humbly made contributions to her high school and college athletic programs, This honor took place at Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville MD during homecoming festivities October 2526, 2013. At Magruder she was: 4-year varsity starter; 2-year captain ’92 Most Improved Player ’93 Most Valuable Player ’93 Offensive Player of the Year ’94 Montgomery County All Star Team ’94 All State Honorable Mention ’95 Most Valuable Player 4-year Boys’ Varsity Manager Senior Class, 1995 Most Athletic Senior Awards Scholarships – 1995: President’s Education Award Magruder Booster Club Scholarship Chick Connors Memorial Scholarship Maryland Athletic Assn. Scholar Athlete Award Lions Club Scholarship US Army Scholar-Athlete Award Lisa Christ/Ryan Stewart Memorial Award MHS Sean Burden Award – Outstanding Athlete

Lady Jays Varsity Volleyball Picture -- 2nd Place Edinburg Tourney Front: Kaycee Turasky, Breann Knapp, Ingrid Umbach, Courtney Sinclair, Brittany Smith, Taylor Berkshire Back: Coach Carrie Jo Donnan, Sydnee Henry, Madalyn Elder, Kaitlin Throgmorton, Emilee Kesler, Allison Lovdahl, Meghan Hartry

Edinburg Tourney Scores Porta def Morrisonville 25-14, 25-13 Porta def Calvary 25-13, 25-17 Porta def Edinburg 25-10, 25-17 Porta def Greenview 25-8, 25-16 North Mac def Porta 17-25, 18-25 Porta/A-C 2nd Place

Sydnee Henry & Kaitlin Throgmorton All Tourney Team

At Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, she continued her soccer career: 3-year starter – 2-year captain ’95 Midwest Conference All-Academic Team ’95 Best Defensive Player of the Year ’95 Most Inspirational Player ’98 All-Midwest Conference ’98 Midwest Conference Soccer Team of the Week – Twice ’98 Offensive Player of the Year Member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Graduated Cum Laude with a major in Education and a Minor In History. Jackie also was assistant soccer coach at Robert Morris College, 1998-2000. Current Soccer Coach U11 girls in Jacksonville, IL Current Soccer Trainer U12 girls in Rochester, IL One look at all her awards, achievements, and accomplishments, Jackie truly exhibited a remarkable ability, talent and perseverance to be a role model both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Jackie resides in Ashland with her husband, Brett, and four children, Ty-17, Cheyenne-13, Jenna-10 and Max-5. Congratulations Jackie from your Alma Mater, Colonel Zadok Magruder High School, your family and friends.

Lady Jays raise $2,400 for Volley for the Cure The Porta/A-C Central Lady Jays volleyball team raised $2,400 for the Susan G. Komen Volley for the Cure. The seniors and their parents organized a wonderful and well attended dinner and raffled several pink items. Army Brats Apparel (owner Jason Burris) and West Central Bank both made generous donations for the cause as well. The money is sent to the Peoria affiliate then redistributed back to our local counties for research, education, treatment, preventive check ups, and other things funded by local community health grants . GREAT JOB to the seniors and all other participants. The volleyball team would like to thank everyone who helped make the night a success!

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.

YEARLY SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE - MAILED TO YOU FOR ONLY $25 PER YEAR. A-C CENTRAL SCHOOL CALENDAR NOVEMBER 11th - NO SCHOOL-Veterans Day 15th - Mid-Term for 2nd Quarter 28th & 29th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break DECEMBER 20th - End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester - Early Dismissal 11:05/11:10 (Elementary), 11:30 (MS/HS) 23rd - Jan 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

JANUARY 1st- 3rd - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break 10th - Early Dismissal 11:05/11:10 (Elementary), 11:30 (MS/HS)-SIP DAY 20th - NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Jr. Day FEBRUARY 7th - Mid-Term for 3rd Quarter 13th - Early Dismissal 1:45/1:50 (Elementary), 2:11 (MS/HS)-Parent/Teacher Conference 14th - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference 17th - NO SCHOOL - We will observe President's Day

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA Hometown Gals are putting on a Hometown Show There will be Misti’s hand made jewelry Lots of Suzi”s crochet items Other crafts. Ashland 1st Baptist Church C E Wing Saturday November 16, 2013 10 AM—2 PM

AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM PAGE Superintendent of A-C Central Schools Name: Tim Page Age: 46 Education: - Millikin University Bachelors in Music Education - University of Illinois – M.S. in Music Education - University of Illinois – C.A.S. in Educational Leadership Family: Married to Molly with 4 children: Collin, Michael, Rachel and Jack ages 17 to 6. I live in what might as well be a zoo with a dog, 2 cats, 3 lizards, goldfish and a tree frog! What drew you to apply for the position of Superintendent at A-C Central? I’ve wanted to sit in the Superintendent’s chair for several years. When the position at A-C opened up, and I researched the school district, I saw a strong school district with a community that truly cared about quality education. It seemed like an ideal place to work. What are your initial impressions of the school and the communities? A-C is full of great people. The school has been fearless in pursuing and embracing technology in order to provide the best they can for the students. This type of forward thinking is unusual in small rural school districts and the passion that everyone has for quality is inspiring to see. Now that you are a few months in, how has it been working with the school board and staff at A-C Central? There is always a steep learning curve when stepping into a new position and in a new environment. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the school board, the teachers and the staff at A-C. As I said earlier, there is a high degree of commitment to excellence here and it is rooted in true concern for what’s best for the kids and the community as a whole. It’s been a great place to be. What do you see as the strengths of the school? The strengths of A-C are in its willingness to go out on a limb and be a leader in education despite our small size. There is a passion among these stake-holders to do what is best for the kids. These strengths are priceless in a world where we are constantly being told to do more with less and when the state is constantly giving us a moving target to shoot at. What are the principal challenges faced by the school? I believe the challenges here are primarily two-fold. The first challenge is find a way to continue providing a quality education to our kids despite dwindling financial resources from the state. The second challenge as I see it is to examine the issues facing our two facilities and make decisions regarding these buildings that will serve these communities best in the long term. What programs have been added or reduced? When I came to A-C I believe we had just dropped some industrial art classes, and we had moved a Title/RtI teacher into the regular classroom. We have done our best to work within our schedule and provide similar opportunities for the kids despite these cuts. As far as additions, we have not renewed a co-op returning several athletic programs to the middle school which I think have been very exciting for the kids and the community. What programs do you see as being added or reduced in the future? I have no specifics at this time, but I don’t see further reductions in our immediate future. I will add programs as I find ways to fund programs, or rework our current set ups to allow for more opportunities for our kids.

What is the current status of state funding? The state hasn’t been healthy for a long time. This isn’t anything new. The latest news is that the state is currently anticipating lowering the General State Aid proration level from 89% this year to 85% next year. Without writing a dissertation on how all this works, it boils down to this likely being a $65,000 cut to our annual revenue. This doesn’t begin to address the issue of pension reform which is and will continue to be a political hot potato and potential Illinois Constitution problem for years to come. We will have to look for more and more creative ways to find new money – most likely through new private grant opportunities in the future. If you had more funding, what would you do with the money? I would hire more teachers to allow us to expand our curriculum and schedule flexibility. I would put money into our facilities to be sure they are state of the art, and our technological infrastructure supports the ever growing demand of our digital curriculum. What is the status of the new sports programs at the school? I think that the bringing of middle school sports back to A-C like we have done has been extremely successful. Hopefully, this is something that we can grow back into our high school in the near future. How would you like to see the community more involved with the school? I would love to see community groups step up and simply make themselves available to start after school programs for tutoring, mentoring young kids, and even fundraising. Money isn’t the answer to every problem (though it helps!) We need bodies and ideas to make public education work at its best. This is best done locally! What is your vision for the future of the A-C Central School District? I want to see a school that truly prepares kids for life after graduation, whether that future involves a four year college, two year college, a technical school, or straight into the work force. We need people prepared for life, who understand the duties and responsibilities of being a good citizen, having good character and work habits, and realize the importance of community. A-C Central needs to provide opportunities and programs that meet our students’ current needs, whatever they are, and then helps them make wise choices for the future – in every aspect of their lives. Our communities need well-prepared, well-rounded individuals who make positive contributions to society throughout their life. What is the best part of your job as Superintendent at A-C Central? The best part of being Superintendent is working with great people towards the common goal of doing what’s best for the kids under our roof. I want to have a hand in preparing them for their futures, and for the future of our communities and country. I enjoy working to have a positive impact on all the students and staff, and thinking that I made a difference in their lives. It’s a good feeling.

November 2013 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

Ashland Scoop, Ashland, IL Newsletter

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