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Blackburn College invites community to homecoming, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1

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CARLINVILLE, IL — Blackburn College invites the community to celebrate its 2023 Homecoming & Family Weekend beginning September 29. This year’s beach-themed “Weekend at Barney’s” – named for Blackburn’s beloved beaver – will bring some summer fun to the annual fall tradition. All of the events during the weekend build up to Barney’s Beach Bash – a Saturday night block party featuring food trucks and music from Dueling Pianos, located outside between Demuzio Campus Center and Dawes Gymnasium. Events throughout the weekend are open to all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Blackburn.

Alisha Kapp, Blackburn’s Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, believes Homecoming & Family Weekend is a great opportunity to celebrate as a campus and a community.

“This is a special time of year where Blackburn alumni return to campus, not only to catch up with the latest happenings at the College but to also revisit and reconnect with our Carlinville community,” she said. “We welcome our friends from Carlinville and the region to gather with us and enjoy our lively offerings throughout the eventful weekend.”

The Weekend features athletic competitions and fun-filled tournaments, opportunities to enjoy art exhibits and live theatre, inflatables, memorable social gatherings, and so much more. Activities include:

  • Cocktails & Karaoke – Friday at 7:00 pm
    Have a main character moment at this popular Homecoming event, even if you’ve never tried karaoke! Come join us for a few cheeky cocktails and karaoke to your heart’s content. DJ Bella Event and DJ Services will be spinning the tunes all night long!
  • The Patricia Wier Mynka Memorial Art Exhibition – Friday at 4:00 pm
  • Behind the ‘Burn: Indoor Athletic Facility – Saturday at 9:00 am
    Join us at the future site of Blackburn’s new indoor practice facility to discuss the project and learn more about how to support the Winning Together Campaign.
  • BeaverNation Fan Zone- Saturday at 12:00 pm
    Grab your friends for food, games, and fun at the annual BeaverNation Fan Zone. Relax in our tree hammocks while listening to the steel pan stylings of Lenny Fritsch. Check out the inflatables, grab some BC swag, eat from the snack buffet, and so much more. Tournaments include Sand Volleyball at 10 and Bags & Beavers at 11.

To see the full Homecoming schedule and register for events, please visit blackburn.edu/homecoming.

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School board deals with personnel issues during special meeting

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Stephanie Bray

Meeting in special session Monday night, members of the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education accepted “with regrets” the resignation for purposes of retirement of Stephanie Bray, one of the district’s three technology integration specialists, effective June 4.

The board called a special session to deal with the apparently unexpected resignation before the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting later this month. However, board members tabled action on approving a revised job description for the Student Information System/Data Integration Specialist position, pending further discussion.

The board also tabled action on posting the newly created vacancy and tabled posting a district-level secretary’s position.

In February of 2022, the board accepted “with regrets” Bray’s announcement of her retirement “no later than the end of the 2025-26 school year.” There was no indication of why Bray moved her retirement date up by two years.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Amanda Ross, the board voted unanimously to accept Bray’s resignation. The action followed a 50-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues behind closed doors. The public portion of the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.

In other action, the board voted to renew the district’s One Room contract to offer a remotely taught Spanish class to fulfill the district’s foreign language requirement for the 2024-25 school year. This will be the second year an off-site teacher will teach foreign language at GHS, using remote communication technology. Supt. Shane Owsley said the district had no applications for the vacant teaching position last year. This year, an applicant from Brazil explored the possibility of teaching in Gillespie but ultimately accepted a tutoring position at Greenville University. Owsley said hiring the applicant could have become cumbersome because she was not yet certificated to teach high school Spanish. He said he recently changed the job description from Spanish to foreign language to expand the pool of potential applicants.

In other personnel action, the board approved the maternity leave request of Amber Allan, BenGil Elementary physical education teacher, effective Aug. 28 through Jan. 20.

In separate actions, the board accepted Nathan Henrichs resignation as Gillespie High School freshman football coach, posted the position as vacant, and appointed Henrichs as a varsity assistant football coach. The board also voted unanimously to appoint Alex Jasper as an assistant freshman football coach. The board unanimously accepted Wayne Ireland’s resignation as a volunteer assistant football coach, and voted unanimously to appoint Jarrod Herron and hire Trenton Cleveland as volunteer assistant football coaches.

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The board voted unanimously to hire Michael Rodriguez as a high school volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach.

On a motion by Schmidt, seconded by Kelli Vesper, the board hired Alexis Ollis as a head cook and kitchen staff member, pending documentation of certification and a background check. The board also Brittany Hughes as a district kitchen staff worker, pending documentation of certification and background check.

On a motion by Vesper, the board voted unanimously to post a vacancy for a one-on-one paraprofessional aide.

Board members voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Jessica Kelly as a middle school assistant track and field coach and voted unanimously to hire Jay Weber as the high school head track and field coach.

The regular monthly meeting of the board is set for 6 p.m., Monday, June 24, at the district’s administrative office.

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Americana festival set for July 4 at Benld Park

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Jess Barker, The Lodge Brothers, and The New Prairie Drifters are set to take the stage at Benld City Park on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Americana Festival.

The music festival intends to celebrate the birthday and spirit of America with thriving local culture of music, food, and art. It is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and end at 6 pm.

Food will be available for purchase from The Barracks American Table, a new Gillespie restaurant, and skincare products will be available from Nature’s Bliss, a Benld gift shop.

The park is located at 305 North Main Street in Benld. Admission is free.

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Macoupin County Fair underway until Sunday

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Rides, tents, food trucks, music, animals, and plenty of other offerings fill the grounds at the Macoupin County Fair for the 172nd year. The fair is held June 4 through June 9 at the Macoupin County Fairground north of Carlinville.

The oldest county fair in Illinois, the Macoupin County Fair welcomes thousands of guests to the area and unites agriculture, family, and community. The fair continues through Sunday with highlights every evening.

The fair also meets the needs of families on a budget, for just $10 per person you get parking and all-access to the carnival rides. The cost-friendly fun draws in visitors and locals who get to embrace the county’s namesakes.

Tracy Lawrence and Walker Montgomery are set to take the stage Thursday evening, June 6, at 7:30pm. Friday evening features the tractor and truck pull, and Saturday evening is the crowd-favorite demolition derby.

The fair opens every morning at 8am and closes at 12 midnight. For a full list of schedule of events or to pre-pay for entry, visit the fair’s website here.

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