Local computer experts urge password changes for protection from “Heartbleed”

By Jim McCabe on April 23 at 1:14pm


The Heartbleed issue was discovered earlier this month. A defect in the security technology used by many websites and equipment makers have put millions of passwords, credit card numbers and Read More

MacMurray speaker is former Illinois legislator

By Jim McCabe on April 23 at 1:13pm

Kustra Portrait March 2014

MacMurray College has selected its speaker for 2014 commencement ceremonies. The speaker is Dr. Robert Kustra, the president of Boise State University in Idaho for the last eleven years. Dr. Read More

Spray tanning an option for teens

By Ryne Turke on April 23 at 1:10pm

tanning bed

Its prom season in West Central Illinois, but teens looking to hop in the tanning bed for a quick tan are out of luck. At the beginning of the year, Read More

Ptacek weighs in on NCLB waiver

By Jim McCabe on April 23 at 7:48am


Now that Illinois has received a waiver from participation in the No Child Left Behind program, what does that mean for West Central Illinois school districts? Signed into law in Read More

Northeast Jax house fire officially labeled case of arson

By Jim McCabe on April 23 at 7:47am

Jacksonville Fire Department car

Jacksonville police detectives are officially investigating Tuesday morning’s house fire on the city’s northeast side as an arson. Crews spent two hours fighting the house fire at 1028 Sheridan Street Read More

Three-year sentence for South Jax man accused of having sex with teen

By Jim McCabe on April 22 at 1:11pm


A South Jacksonville man who pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse in March has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Morgan County Circuit Judge Read More

Police chief: discarded meth labs being found in Jax waterways

By Jim McCabe on April 22 at 1:11pm


The next time you participate in a cleanup of Jacksonville’s Town Brook, you may stumble upon the remnants of a meth lab. That’s what some volunteers discovered at the most Read More

Winchester woman hospitalized in accident

By Ryne Turke on April 22 at 1:10pm


There was a two vehicle accident this morning that sent one passenger to the hospital. It happened at around 8:15 at the intersection of East Morton and Hardin. According to Read More

Corn planting increases to 5 percent

By Ryne Turke on April 22 at 1:10pm

Crop Report

Corn planting has increased to 5 percent in this week’s annual crop report, but still remains well behind the five year average of 22 percent. USDA crop statistician Doug Hartwick Read More

Ameren warns of new scam downstate

By Jim McCabe on April 22 at 8:18am


Ameren customers in West Central Illinois, listen up: there’s a new scam making the downstate rounds. Ameren officials say scam calls have been made in the Springfield, Decatur and Metro Read More