Senator Manar of Bunker Hill, two other Senators pen letter to ISBE on teacher shortage

By Blake Schnitker on November 17 at 2:44pm

The state of Illinois’ lack of teachers has been covered in various ways over the past week or so. An article in the State Journal Register last week showed that Read More

JHS Basketball puts twist on annual Gatorade Scrimmage

By Blake Schnitker on November 17 at 12:51pm

The annual Gatorade or Soda Scrimmage for the Jacksonville High School basketball team returns tonight with a bit of a twist. While in the past, the junior varsity and varsity Read More

Gill pleads guilty to 2015 murder of Andrew Maul, arson, to serve nearly 5 decades in IDOC

By Blake Schnitker on November 16 at 5:03pm

After two years of status hearings, continuances and multiple delays, Robert Gill will spend what’s likely to be the remainder of his life in prison for the murder of Andrew Read More

Our Saviour’s Green Team takes title for 25th annual Geo Bowl

By Blake Schnitker on November 16 at 8:54am

Extra nights studying maps and globes paid off for the Our Saviour School Green Team last night at the 25th annual Geography Bowl. After several hours of scholastic competition between Read More

One man injured after crash in Scott County

By Blake Schnitker on November 16 at 7:14am

An area man was hospitalized following a single vehicle crash in Scott County yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary reports from the Illinois State Police, 36-year old Keegan Roundcount was traveling Read More

Superintendent Ptacek discusses Illinois’ teacher shortage issue

By Blake Schnitker on November 15 at 12:23pm

Illinois’ teacher shortage problem is affecting schools across the state, including most school districts in the local area. Just a week ago, WLDS/WEAI News reported on the negotiations impasse between Read More

State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer discusses yesterday’s town hall in Carrollton

By Blake Schnitker on November 15 at 8:59am

Area residents got a chance to ask questions and receive updates on the latest in state government at a town hall in Carrollton yesterday afternoon. Local State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer Read More

District 117 looks at plans for South Elementary, test scores at last night’s meeting

By Blake Schnitker on November 15 at 7:18am

The latest architectural plans for South Elementary School and standardized test results were the main topics of discussion at last night’s District 117 Board meeting. District 117 also held a Read More

State Rep. Davidsmeyer to hold Town Hall Meetings in Carrollton, Grafton

By Blake Schnitker on November 14 at 10:19am

State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer is holding town hall meetings today and tomorrow in Carrollton and Grafton. According to a press release, today at noon, Davidsmeyer will be at Carrollton City Read More

Seven local police officers receive state FOP awards

By Blake Schnitker on November 14 at 8:58am

More than a half dozen area police officers were recognized by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge at last night’s city council meeting. On a night with a Read More