UIS Waiving Transfer Fee For 3 Area Community Colleges

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2024 at 1:02pm

The University of Illinois Springfield is making it easier for students at three local community colleges to continue their education. Starting with this Fall’s application period, UIS will waive the $50 application fee for transfer students applying from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Richland Community College in Decatur, and Illinois Central College in East […]

Madison County Man Arrested after Sexual Assault Investigation in Chapin

By Benjamin Cox on February 20, 2024 at 1:00pm

More information has been released about an arrest of a Madison County man in Morgan County on Friday. According to a press release, on Friday, investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year old Christopher D. Heinlein of Cottage Hills for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although recently reported, these two […]

Waverly High to Host Community Blood Drive

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 19, 2024 at 5:28pm

Students at an area high school will be rolling up their sleeves to help the blood supply. ImpactLife has announced a community blood drive will be held at the Waverly High School the first week of March. The Impact Life donor bus will be at the school from 12:30 to 5:30 pm on Thursday, March […]

Prairieland United Way Hoping for Big Push, Less That $10k Away from Campaign Goal

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 19, 2024 at 4:25pm

Time is running out as a local fundraising organization is inching closer to its campaign goal for the year. The deadline for the Prairieland United Way’s 2023 campaign is the 29th of this month and Director Karen Walker says, they are less than ten thousand dollars away from hitting the mark. “We are very thankful […]

Jacksonville City Council Considering Short-Term Rental Cap

By Benjamin Cox on February 19, 2024 at 9:10am

The Jacksonville City Council is considering the placement of a cap on the number of short-term rentals in residential areas. The city has issued 7 short-term rental licenses, which include AirBnBs, VRBOs, and bed & breakfasts. Miranda Elliott, who is an assistant in the city clerk’s office and in charge of collecting the monthly hotel-motel […]

JMH Stresses Importance of Community Health Needs Assessment

By Benjamin Cox on February 19, 2024 at 8:40am

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital and the Morgan County Health Department are asking residents of the county to complete a short survey about health issues. The Community Health Needs Assessment takes place every 3 years and is required by the Affordable Care Act for nonprofit hospitals like JMH. Community Health Coordinator Claire Peak says that JMH coordinates […]

Price Is United Event Returns For 5th Anniversary This Weekend

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 19, 2024 at 8:29am

Tickets are still available for what has become one of the area’s favorite fundraising events that gives attendees the chance to win some fabulous prizes. The Prairieland United Way’s “The Price is United” dinner event returns this upcoming Saturday, February 24th. The dinner and game show event gives everyone in the crowd the chance to […]

Hamburg Man Arrested After Near-Fatal ATV Crash

By Benjamin Cox on February 19, 2024 at 8:18am

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man last week after a near-fatal crash near Hamburg. On Monday, February 12th, at approximately 9:45PM, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of an ATV roll-over crash that involved two occupants near Indian Creek Road in rural Hamburg. A Deputy Sheriff from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s […]

Barry Man Arrested For Child Pornography After FBI Tip

By Jeremy Coumbes on February 19, 2024 at 5:16am

A Pike County man has been arrested on multiple child pornography charges after a tip to the FBI. According to a press release from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Greenwood was alerted of a possible child pornography suspect in the county earlier this month by agents from the FBI. Greenwood says Chief Deputy […]

IL Rte 78 Resurfacing Work to Begin Monday in Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on February 16, 2024 at 3:11pm

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a 5-mile resurfacing and maintenance project on Illinois Route 78 in Morgan County, from the Cass County line south to Snake Creek, begins Monday, Feb. 19. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at times and maintained using temporary signals, flaggers, cones and message boards. In addition to […]