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The Scoop Newsletter

September 2013 Volume 7 - Issue 09


408 West Washington St. Ashland, IL Reduced to $119,900 Spacious brick ranch with 3BR 1.5BA in a small town environment. This home offers large closets throughout, 2.5 car attached garage that is heated with lots of storage cabinets, 2 gas fireplaces, large kitchen with tiled floor, a huge cedar coat closet, & screened in back porch. Partially fenced back yard with patio area is great for entertaining. Boiler was replaced in `04. Outbuilding and all appliances stay. Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865


2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 217-741-1865

1077 CANNON ROAD ASHLAND, IL $136,000 WOW! Large home in the country to raise your family. Lots of improvements made over the years. A big plus is the geothermal heating throughout. Home has large rooms including a country kitchen with wood stove, large dining room/ family room with a fire place, possible 4-5 bedrooms, 2 car detached garage on over an acre of land, rural water with 2 usable wells, 4 season room used for an eating room off kitchen. Call Kendra for a showing! VERY MOTIVATED SELLER! PRICE SLASHED-WAY BELOW APPRAISAL! $136,000


Buyer G: $≤150,000 Ashland, 3BR, w/basement

Call if you would consider selling a home that meets the above criteria! Kendra Swain Realtor Office: 217-245-9613 Direct: 217-248-5665 Home: 217-243-7183 Fax: 217-243-7183

Results Plus Inc. 1046 West Morton Jacksonville, IL 62650

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

Norm Bryant Enterprises

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

Smith Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Kathie G. Smith

Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


Carpet Cleaning

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

Car Interior

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

111 North Hardin Ashland, IL 62612 (217)476-3547 Office Hours by Appointment Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


OCTOBER 14 NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

SEPTEMBER 18 Board of Education regular meeting, 7pm - 10pm, Board Conference Room

OCTOBER 18 End of 1st Quarter—Early Dismissal, 1:45 / 1:50 (Elementary), 2:11 (Middle School / High School)

SEPTEMBER 20 Mid-Term for 1st Quarter-Early Dismissal 11:05/11:10 (Elementary), 11:30 (MS/HS)-SIP DAY

OCTOBER 24 Early Dismissal, 1:45 / 1:50 (Elementary), 2:11 (Middle School / High School) Parent / Teacher Conferences

OCTOBER 11 NO SCHOOL - Teacher’s Institute

OCTOBER 25 NO SCHOOL - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Construction work on the water diversion is still underway. Yearly dog tag renewals are due on October 1, 2013 and will be $5.00 per dog. For those needing to register dogs for the first time, the cost is $7.50 per dog. 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. The wells are still open the first Saturday of the month if you have any yard debris to get rid of. Remember; only take yard waste to the wells. No batteries, No Tires, No Paint, No Shingles, etc. The Municipal Office will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of Labor Day.

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:

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





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


Saturday, September 14th Annual Cook-Out First Christian Church Beardstown, Illinois We will be grilling hamburgers & brats with all the trimmings Serving at 5:30 followed by entertainment There is NO CHARGE, but would appreciate you calling one of the four banks to make reservations.

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

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

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

MATT GREER President

Located at West Central Bank 400 East Buchanan, PO Box 467 Main: 217-476-3653 - Fax: 217-476-3342 Email:


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

‘JONES BOY S’ gets a facelift in 20 13

Home of the Old Country Brat Shop’

SR. SAINTS… Sr. Saints pizza part September 21, at 5:30 to be held at the Baptist Church Hall. Cost will be $6.00 per person. Call 476-3960 for reservations. 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. THANK YOU… We would like to thank everyone who prayed for Judy, sent cards and brought food to our house. - Judy & Kenny Walters LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST… No September Breakfast. Next one will be October 6th, at St. Augustine’s Hall. CITY-WIDE YARD SALES - SEPTEMBER 21ST

September Birthdays 1 - Fred Uhland 1 - Jan Williams 1 - Tom Veith 2 - Melodee Cave 4 - Natalie Allen 4 - Erica Shannon 6 - Kathy Greer 8 - Natane Butler 9 - Tammy Eskew 10 - Roger Clark 12 - Renee Jokisch 12 - Bernie Devlin 13 - Linda Lueck 13 - Ron Aggertt 15 - Judy Walters 16 - Egenia Koch 16 - Greg Pettit 16 - John Allen

19 - Liz Wallbaum 19 - Tim Kelly 20 - Bill Roth Jr. 21 - Larry Cave 21 - Ann Tapscott 22 - Addison Jones 22 - Ellen Blakeman 23 - Deb Gruen 23 - Brian Koch 24 - Jeff Cosner 24 - Declan Laraker 25 - Jim Wallbaum 25 - Pat Houser 25 - Lana Pfaffe 25 - Faith Wells 29- Linda Wallbaum 30 - Paul Williams 30 - David Clark

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

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



2 - Kenny & Judy Walters 4 - Ron & Maureen Plattner 6 - Karen & Mike Manswoki 10 - Louie & Tara Jokisch 14 - Lisa & Clint Thaxton 20 - Paul & Margie Harris 23 - Randy & Amy Christison 25 - Shawn & Tammy Eskew 30 - Bob & Marilyn Williams

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.

PLEASE HELP OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS! We are a group of cheerleaders ranging from 6th-8th grade that hope to put our small towns of Ashland and Chandlerville in the limelight of a pregame performance at the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando, Florida on New Year's Day. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will be impossible without the support of our school, community and families. There are several ways that you can help: - Send a donation towards our efforts to the A-C Central Junior High Cheerleaders at the building in Ashland by September 30th - Allow us to place a donation bin at your business Purchase a Bergner’s Community Days booklet for $5 that gets you a $10 coupon and several other coupons from a Junior High Cheerleader or Diane Sieving Donate items for our garage sale on September 21 (A good idea is to clean out your closet of previously worn A-C Central clothing you no longer want!) Buy a $10 raffle ticket and get 31 chances to win a Thirty-One product the month of October from a Junior High Cheerleader or Diane Sieving Support our garage sale and bake sale at the Ashland City Wide garage sales on September 21st. Location of the garage sale is TBA. Please email Liz at or call/text 217-414-8013 to have your garage sale donations picked up or to get a donation bin at your business. Thank you for your support! The A-C Central Junior High Cheerleading Squad

This summer the newly formed A-C Central Junior High Cheerleading squad attended a camp consisting of junior high and high school squads at Sacred Heart Griffin held by the Universal Cheerleading Association. Being new, we did not expect to achieve anymore than an award for improvement. However such was not the case! On our first day, Abigail Vandenbergh won the jump off competition in the junior high division. On our second day, we won the spirit banana in the overall division. On the third day, two of the girls, Lexi Carlock and Abigail Vandenbergh, were selected for the All American Cheerleading Squad which gives them the chance to perform at the Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia if they chose. In our day to day individual evaluations we went from a red ribbon to a blue ribbon on our game day cheer and dance routine. At the final camp competition done in front of our parents and the other squads we earned the following 2 trophies. We earned a superior squad trophy for our game day cheering and a superior squad overall trophy for the junior high division. We were also honored with the Tradition Award for spirit on and off the field. With this award we are able to join other squads from around the country to perform during the pre-game show for the Capitol One Bowl held in Orlando, Florida on New Year's Day. This trip will also allow the girls and their families to go to Disney World on their down time from practice and after the performance. As their coach, I can not tell you how proud I am of these girls and all that they accomplished. Hopefully you will come to the junior high basketball games and check out what we can do! Submitted by Diane Sieving, A-C Central Junior High cheerleading coach

9/17 PP Historical Society Meeting 7:00 p.m. 9/21 and 9/22 Fall Festival 10/12 and 13 Haunted House 10/19 and 20 Haunted House 10/26 and 27 Haunted House 11/19 PP Historical Society Meeting 7:00 p.m. 12/1 Wine Testing Event 12/7 Clayville Christmas

The Ashland Alumni Association needs your help. We are looking for pictures, news clippings, memories, etc of your days at Ashland High School. (or if you have something from your parents, grandparents....we're going back to 1886!) You can email us at If you are unable to send it electronically (and are in the Ashland area), there will be a drop box at the Ashland branch of Prairie Skies Public Library. (Any items left in the drop box will be returned as long as it is clearly marked with your name and address.) You can also mail to us at PO Box 251, Ashland IL 62612


If you had pictures on display during the 125th celebration and haven’t picked them up, I now have the box of pictures. Please call 476-3508 if you wish to get them back. Thanks Nance Bryant


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.

New Construction Remodeling Gutters

Some of the upcoming programs will be: September 3 Fun in the Kitchen Pampered Chef Demo & Fundraiser October 1 The Tin Man - Graham Curtis 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) The first meeting of the upcoming year will be September 3, 2013. Please plan to attend. Contact Judy Mills 476-3469 if you have questions.

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

Committee of Ten Recommends Cutting A-C Central Taxes by 25% The A-C Central – PORTA Committee of Ten met Monday evening. This was the latest in a series of approximately twenty meetings and committee meetings conducted in Ashland, Chandlerville and Petersburg by the Committee of Ten since May. The principal focus of Monday’s meeting was on tax rates for a consolidated school district. If the Committee of Ten elects to put the consolidation issue before the voters, it must also set certain tax rates for the new district. The Committee of Ten voted 8-0 (two members were absent) to set rates at the levels currently existing in the PORTA school district. This represents a 25% cut in taxes for the A-C Central taxpayers. A-C Central taxpayers currently pay one of the highest tax rates in the entire state. Based on 2010 data from the State Board of Education, A-C Central’s tax rate was the 37th highest rate in the state. Among the 79 unit districts in West-Central Illinois, A-C Central had the 6th highest rate in the region. A-C Central tax rate is 5.481 per hundred dollars of assessed property value. The Committee of Ten has recommended A-C Central’s new tax rate should be reduced to 4.118. More precisely, this is a drop of 24.9%. The tax rate for PORTA taxpayers would stay frozen at its current rates. One reason why the Committee recommended such a large tax cut for A-C Central property owners is that A-C Central is taxing at a higher rate than most other schools in the region, including PORTA. Partly this is due to the small size of the district which serves 435 students. PORTA’s rates today are lower, partly owing to the larger size of the district (approximately 1050 students) and partly due to having significantly more EAV (Equalized Assessed Value) meaning more property value. The Committee of Ten felt that with consolidation it would be appropriate to drop A-C Central’s rates to more reasonable levels and that the lower rates would serve the new district well. Illinois law directs the Committee of Ten to set certain education tax rates, determine how school board members should be elected and ultimately decide whether to go forward with consolidation by putting the question before voters in both districts. The Committee is expected to settle these two important questions within the next ten days. No decision has been made whether to consolidate. If there is not sufficient support for consolidation, the Committee can simply stop and not put the issue before the voters. Should the committee believe there is support for consolidation, it could vote to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide. Citizens with a position on consolidation should contact the Committee of Ten and express their opinions. (A-C Central consists of two communities - Ashland and Chandlerville, and territory in between. PORTA consists of five communities - Petersburg, Oakford, Rock Creek, Tallula and Atterberry.) Impact of 24.9% property tax cut. If the A-C Central and PORTA school districts consolidate at the Committee of Ten’s recommended tax rates, homeowners and other property taxpayers will see significant reductions in property taxes. Here are three examples using different home values: House 1: $150,000 = $681 Annual Tax Savings in Property Taxes House 2: $120,000 = $545 Annual Tax Savings in Property Taxes House 3: $75,000 = $341 Annual Tax Savings in Property Taxes

West Central Insurance has faithfully served the Virginia area over the years and will continue our commitment to better serve our clients. Due to the changing needs of our clients and our company, we have decided to close our Virginia branch effective September 20, 2013. All phone lines, accounts, client files, and staff are being transferred to our main branch, which is located at 108 W. Editor Street in Ashland. We believe that our resources will be more effective by expanding the support within the main branch. We will continue to provide the service that you have come to know and expect. Our other locations in Beardstown, Springfield, Mt. Sterling, and Rushville will continue to be available for your servicing needs as well. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to all of our clients. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and are grateful to our loyal customers that have made us the successful agency we are today.

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September 2013 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

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September 2013 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

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