South Jacksonville Fire Department gets new Fire Truck

By Blake Schnitker on December 10 at 6:18am

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South Jacksonville firefighters are raving about the department’s latest upgrade, which came in the form of a brand new fire truck. Several months ago, the Village’s Board of Trustees approved Read More

Williams running for Jacksonville City Council seat

By Blake Schnitker on December 9 at 1:18pm

Map of Jacksonville's Ward 1

Life-long resident Erin Williams is adding her name to the ballot for a seat on Jacksonville’s City Council. WLDS-WEAI News caught up with Williams, who recently announced her campaign for Read More

Lahood Supports River Bill

By Gary Scott on December 9 at 12:05pm


An area congressman has joined in support of a comprehensive bill designed to help barge traffic on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation, or Read More

Santa Express Misses Roodhouse

By Gary Scott on December 9 at 12:02pm

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A one time Christmas tradition anxiously anticipated by train enthusiasts in the area will again bypass the Jacksonville area. The Kansas City Southern for a time made Roodhouse a stop Read More

West Central Mass Transit to extend services starting Monday

By Blake Schnitker on December 8 at 6:26pm


West Central Illinois’ most relied-upon transportation service will increase its availability to the public on a limited basis starting Monday. West Central Mass Transit District announced yesterday afternoon that, starting Read More

A 6th Boundary Session at Murrayville-Woodson?

By Gary Scott on December 8 at 10:02am

Jacksonville school superintendent Steve Ptacek plans to add a sixth session to a series of public discussions about grade school boundaries in the Jacksonville school district. Discussion prior to the Read More

Waverly Superintendent talks impact of state government on school districts

By Blake Schnitker on December 8 at 9:28am

School Districts throughout West Central Illinois are feelings the effects of Illinois’ frequently unpredictable state government. Waverly School District Superintendent Dustin Day joined WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” program yesterday. Read More

Rotary Helps Overseas Soldiers During Holidays

By Gary Scott on December 7 at 10:07am


A local service club has joined with two other groups to send holiday care packages to military personnel in the Middle East. The Jacksonville Rotary Club worked with the Franklin Read More

Ameren Rates to Drop Slightly

By Gary Scott on December 7 at 10:07am


Ameren electric rates are going down. The Illinois Commerce Commission yesterday authorized lower electric distribution rates for Ameren next year. The new rates will generate about a percent and a Read More

Bainter says Flu Vaccinate NOW

By Gary Scott on December 7 at 10:05am


Tis the season to…vaccinate. The thought is not as popular as the Christmas urge to celebrate. But, Morgan County health department administrator Dale Bainter says this thought is every bit Read More