Local farmer responds to claims that glyphosate could be cancerous

By Ryne Turke on March 30 at 2:43pm


A Morgan County farmer is speaking out against claims from the World Health Organization that an ingredient in the Monsanto product Roundup has a possibility of deadly side-effects. The report, Read More

Local state rep. sponsors bill that speeds up notification of sex offender release

By Jim McCabe on March 30 at 2:42pm

Cass County’s state representative is sponsoring legislation which would clarify the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. HB3896 provides the state will send notice, postmarked within one business day of a Read More

Morgan County updates GIS website

By Ryne Turke on March 30 at 2:41pm

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The Morgan County Geographic Information System has launched an updated version of its website. Morgan County GIS Coordinator Shawn Artis appeared on WLDS’ AM-Conversation this week. Artis says the flood Read More

District 117 Superintendent reviews increasing suspension totals

By Ryne Turke on March 29 at 7:30am


District 117 student suspension totals from 2014-2015 have more than doubled from last school year. The third quarter discipline report, released at the previous District 117 board meeting, showed 404 Read More

Bobcat legislation approved by Senate Agriculture Committee

By Ryne Turke on March 29 at 7:29am


State Senator Sam McCann’s sponsored legislation to create a bobcat hunting season in Illinois has been approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Similar legislation passed both chambers of the General Read More

Bill, if passed, would regulate indoor play areas

By Jim McCabe on March 28 at 12:30pm


Indoor play areas like the one at the McDonald’s in Jacksonville would need to be sanitized daily under a new bill that’s working through the Legislature. House Bill 1732 amends Read More

Winner announced for County Market “Supermarket Sweep”

By Ryne Turke on March 28 at 12:29pm


An Ashland resident has been selected as the grand prize winner of the County Market “Supermarket Sweep” event. Debbie DeGeal will have two minutes to cram as many groceries into Read More

Pike County Farm Bureau against Grain Belt Express

By Ryne Turke on March 28 at 12:28pm


The Pike County Farm Bureau is raising opposition to the transmission pipeline that would run through the county. Board of directors voted against the Grain Belt Express Clean Line during Read More

Police called on South Jax resident after attempted use of Village Hall copier

By Jim McCabe on March 27 at 11:02pm

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A strange incident at South Jacksonville’s Village Hall on Friday afternoon results in police being called in after a resident says he wanted to use the building’s copy machine.        Read More

Camp Care-a-Lot gets supplies donated from Springfield Clinic

By Jim McCabe on March 27 at 1:22pm


A Jacksonville youth camp was the beneficiary of a big donation from Springfield Clinic this morning. Clinic officials presented Camp Care-a-Lot with $2,500 worth of supplies for children who attend Read More