Cookies and Cocoa 5K Dash set for Downtown Jacksonville

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 1:03pm


Shopping, dancing and seeing Santa aren’t the only events taking place on the Downtown Square in Jacksonville on Saturday. Runners and walkers of Central Illinois will partake in a 5k Read More

Jacksonville Police seeing fewer Black Friday shoppers

By Blake Schnitker on November 25 at 1:02pm

While Black Friday shopping in Jacksonville has been somewhat uneventful, that hasn’t stopped the craze around West Central Illinois. Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Sean Walker says when he went to check Read More

South Elementary Principal wins gold at Waterski Championship in Spain

By Ryne Turke on November 25 at 6:27am


A District 117 principal won a gold medal for Team USA this summer at the 2016 World Over 35 Waterski Championships in Spain. Water skiing has always been a big Read More

Black Friday expert provides shopping tips

By Ryne Turke on November 24 at 7:13am


An avid Black Friday shopper is sharing her secrets to success for the biggest shopping day of the year. What started as a family tradition in her grade school years Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters spreading throughout local school districts

By Ryne Turke on November 23 at 12:25pm


Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are spreading throughout school districts in Central Illinois. Case Manager Abby Hilsabeck says schools have added the weekly mentoring program that matches high school students Read More

District 117 to hold presentations on defining school boundaries

By Blake Schnitker on November 23 at 12:05pm

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A major topic at last week’s School District 117 meeting dealt with establishing clearly defined elementary school boundaries. With the closing of Franklin Elementary School in 2012, those living within Read More

Jax Main Street named Top 25 finalist for Levitt AMP grant

By Ryne Turke on November 23 at 6:03am


Jacksonville Main Street is one step closer to bringing back the successful Levitt AMP Concert Series. Nearly 24 hours after online voting polls closed, Jacksonville Main Street received the word Read More

Local farmers turn to winter wheat and fall tillage

By Blake Schnitker on November 22 at 12:18pm


With harvest finally over, West Central Illinois farmers continued with fall tillage last week. Temperatures remained rather high last week. In the West Southwest District, the average temperature was 49 Read More

Mac/IC students honored for academic achievements

By Ryne Turke on November 22 at 7:39am


The Lincoln Academy of Illinois recognized some of the top students in the state over the weekend in Springfield. Among the more than 30 students recognized were Jasmine Renae White Read More

IC makes big donation to Jacksonville Food Bank

By Ryne Turke on November 22 at 6:19am


Illinois College is set to make a substantial contribution to the Jacksonville Food Bank today, following the conclusion of a campus-wide food drive. Illinois College Community Engagement and Service Coordinator Read More