New police chief hired in Morgan County

By Jim McCabe on June 27 at 7:17am


The City of Waverly has hired a new police chief. James Bettis has been hired to replace John Burtle, who was on the job for a little over a year. Read More

Jacksonville aldermen could be expanding city’s enterprise zone tonight

By Jim McCabe on June 27 at 7:16am

The City Council agenda includes a public hearing at 6:15 for expansion of the zone at 1500 and 1521 West Walnut. The addition would be for Fitness World and the Read More

Suits and Sneakers Campaign attracting local businesses

By Ryne Turke on June 26 at 7:13am


Local businesses are being encouraged to dress casually for the rest of the month in support of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois. The Suits and Sneakers Campaign has Read More

Virginia school board pushes through new track

By Jim McCabe on June 25 at 11:10am


Virginia’s school board approved the construction of an athletic running track for the school district Monday night. The 350-meter, four-lane rubberized asphalt track will cost around $320,000, according to Superintendent Read More

Town and Country Bank prez named IBA chair

By Jim McCabe on June 25 at 9:11am

Micah Bartlett2016 headshot

The president and CEO of Town and Country Bank has been named the chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association. Micah Bartlett will fill the position for the 2016 fiscal year Read More

Grand opening for Love’s, IHOP Express in South Jax expected in January

By Ryne Turke on June 25 at 8:46am


A new gas station and restaurant in South Jacksonville could be up and running by January of 2017. Construction crews from Kentucky-based Buffalo Construction have been disking the ground and Read More

Unemployment rises in Morgan, Greene, falls in Cass, Scott

By Jim McCabe on June 25 at 7:11am


Over-the-year county-by-county unemployment rates are in for West Central Illinois for May 2015 to May 2016. In Morgan County, the unemployment rate went up from 4.5 percent to 4.7 percent. Read More

Allan, Janson set to perform at Morgan County Fair

By Ryne Turke on June 24 at 12:50pm


A lack of state funding isn’t keeping the Morgan County Fair from making improvements to the fairgrounds. WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” Friday program featured Luke Armstrong, Jay Harris and Read More

Crash temporarily closes I-72 near county line

By Jim McCabe on June 24 at 7:23am


A serious crash on Interstate 72 near the Morgan-Sangamon County line shut down the eastbound lanes of the highway overnight. Illinois State Police say the wreck happened two miles east Read More

Food drive program included in Jax Fourth of July parade

By Ryne Turke on June 24 at 7:22am


A local church is putting an interesting twist on an upcoming food drive. Among the dozens of entries in Jacksonville’s Fourth of July parade will be Central Christian Church. Senior Read More