117 superintendent says class cancellations happen when necessary

By Jim McCabe on February 27 at 1:05pm


District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek is responding to the concern of some parents about the decision to not cancel school this week. Classes went on as scheduled this morning despite Read More

PORTA and A-C Central agree on academic/sports co-op

By Ryne Turke on February 27 at 1:03pm


A-C Central and PORTA have come to an agreement on a sports and academic co-op. The decision became final during the monthly school board meeting between the districts on February Read More

“Boss of the Year” named in Jacksonville

By Jim McCabe on February 27 at 1:03pm

Boss of Year

The “Boss of the Year” in Jacksonville is a franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care. The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday that Jerry Best received the honor Read More

South Jacksonville Police report successful 2014

By Ryne Turke on February 27 at 7:20am

South Jacksonville squad car

South Jacksonville’s Police Chief says 2014 was a successful year for the South Jacksonville Police Department, and the statistics back that up. According to department’s annual crime report, the number Read More

Rep. Davis picked to co-host ceremony honoring Lincoln

By Ryne Turke on February 27 at 7:19am


Representative Rodney Davis has been selected to co-host a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. The event, in conjunction with the Illinois State Society Read More

Harvest records set across four-county area

By Ryne Turke on February 26 at 12:29pm

corn in hand

Morgan, Cass, Greene and Scott County farmers set record high corn yields in 2014. USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener highlights why the year was so good, according to numbers from Read More

Nursing homes go through tougher federal ratings

By Jim McCabe on February 26 at 12:27pm

The latest federal ratings show Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab to be the best in town. A list of Jacksonville nursing homes on Medicare.gov gives that facility a five-star overall Read More

Davidsmeyer wants part of U.S. 67 named after former Morgan County commissioner

By Jim McCabe on February 26 at 7:28am


Another chunk of local highway could soon be named after someone of importance. State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer is sponsoring legislation during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly that Read More

South Jax meetings cover topics from sewer contract to adding school to TIF

By Jim McCabe on February 26 at 7:27am


South Jacksonville is seeking to add South Elementary School into its Tax Increment Financing District. It was one of over a dozen topics discussed during three meetings Wednesday night, including Read More

State funding for LIHEAP program in governor’s budget crosshairs

By Jim McCabe on February 25 at 1:02pm


It’s taken a while to break down all the budget cuts Governor Rauner is proposing, but one of the targets appears to be a program that helps keeps some West Read More