Back To School Preview: Morgan County

By Ryne Turke on August 18 at 1:07pm


With summer in the books and classrooms filling up with teachers and students, WLDS-WEAI News is taking a closer look at each school district in West Central Illinois. The first Read More

Ezard talks Morton construction, water plant on WLDS

By Ryne Turke on August 18 at 1:05pm

Mayor Andy Ezard

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard began his Thursday morning reviewing some of the latest projects going on in the city. As the featured guest on WLDS’ AM Conversation, Ezard provided an Read More

Ellis named JREDC President

By Ryne Turke on August 18 at 5:47am


An economic development professional with 30 years of experience in the field has been selected to take over the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation. Paul Ellis will begin his duties Read More

District 117 focusing on Lincoln, Turner projects

By Blake Schnitker on August 18 at 5:43am

district 117 logo

At the last meeting prior to the start of the school year, District 117 Board Members discussed the progress of renovation projects as well as several contracts for JHS staff Read More

Morgan County preparing for cameras in the courtroom

By Ryne Turke on August 17 at 12:48pm


Morgan County is two weeks away from allowing cameras in the courtroom. On February 22nd, the Illinois Supreme Court filed an order amending the policy for extended media coverage in Read More

Bob Freesen YMCA offering after-school programs to Jacksonville’s youth

By Ryne Turke on August 17 at 12:47pm

Freesen YMCA

With the school year right around the corner, local students will be adjusting to new routines in the classroom as well as after the final bell rings. The Bob Freesen Read More

Half-brother of Avery Berry in custody after weekend altercation

By Ryne Turke on August 17 at 7:11am


The half-brother of Avery Berry, the Jacksonville man found guilty in July for the murder of Marcus Jackson, is behind bars this morning. Jacksonville Police arrested 24-year-old Shakil Berry last Read More

Citizen Watchdog Training drawing interest from Morgan County

By Ryne Turke on August 17 at 6:42am


A local watchdog group is encouraging the public to attend an informational session on how to better understand the responsibilities of government officials. The Citizen Watchdog Training, run by Americans Read More

Staff contracts, Vision 117 updates featured at District 117 meeting

By Blake Schnitker on August 17 at 6:01am


Several new faculty additions for Jacksonville High School could be announced at tonight’s District 117 meeting. The contract of Barbie Davidsmeyer, who was announced as the third assistant principal at Read More

Continued rainfall becoming a concern for Illinois farmers

By Ryne Turke on August 16 at 1:24pm


With more rainfall last week, farmers across the state are concerned about how their crops will handle the heavy precipitation. The West Southwest District received 1.12 inches of precipitation, which Read More