District 117 officials open to elementary basketball league

By Ryne Turke on August 23 at 7:15am


District 117’s superintendent is showing interest in starting a youth basketball league for students at the elementary grade level. The idea was brought up by a District 117 parent during Read More

Congressman Davis offering tickets to view Pope Francis’ congressional address

By Ryne Turke on August 23 at 7:10am


Congressman Rodney Davis is offering tickets to Pope Francis’ congressional address next month. Davis made the announcement last week that his office will distribute tickets to constituents, via a lottery Read More

Alzheimer’s awareness program offered to local businesses

By Ryne Turke on August 22 at 9:09am

A program is being offered in Jacksonville to train businesses to assist customers with Alzheimer’s disease. The free service is run by Home Instead Senior Care and focuses on providing individuals Read More

“The Dulcimer Guy” performing in Galesburg

By Ryne Turke on August 22 at 9:06am


A Jacksonville man known as “The Dulcimer Guy” has been invited to perform twice at the latest Songbag concert series in Galesburg. Mike Anderson, who plays the dulcimer, guitar, banjo, Read More

Local college officials excited about transferring Benedictine U. students

By Jim McCabe on August 22 at 6:42am


Colleges in Jacksonville are welcoming in an infusion of new students from a shuttered Springfield educational institution this semester. It’s been almost a year since Benedictine University announced it was Read More

Meth lab discovered in Greene County

By Ryne Turke on August 22 at 6:15am

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An active methamphetamine lab was discovered in Greene County on Thursday. According to a Greene County Sheriff’s Department press release, a search warrant was executed at around 7 p.m. in Read More

Ptacek comments on recent PARCC testing news

By Ryne Turke on August 21 at 11:57am


The Illinois House and Senate have approved a resolution that reduces the impact of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test. According to HJR 54, the Read More

Free races tonight at Jacksonville Speedway

By Jim McCabe on August 21 at 11:57am


They say nothing in life is free, but racing fans in West Central Illinois can ignore that idiom tonight. Jim McCabe reports.

Carol Hedrick named winner of District 117 teacher award

By Jim McCabe on August 21 at 7:46am

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A District 117 teacher of autistic children has been named this year’s Bill Russell Excellence in Education Award winner. Carol Hedrick teaches at Eisenhower Elementary School. She was a special Read More

Bill Meier seeking re-election as county commissioner

By Jim McCabe on August 21 at 7:22am


Morgan County Commissioner Bill Meier is seeking re-election in 2016. Meier, a Republican, made the announcement yesterday. He says over the last ten years, he’s had the privilege of serving Read More