Homeless Man Arrested After Toting Headstone Down East State Street

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 10:07am

Jacksonville Police arrested a homeless man after he burglarized a business near Downtown Jacksonville overnight. Officers stopped 48-year old James E. Havens in the 300 block of East State Street just before 1 o’clock this morning who, according to police officials, was driving a handcart down the street with a headstone in it. Upon further […]

Heavner Named New Ag Director at John Wood

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 8:28am

A well-known Ag Teacher in Pike County has been named the next Director of Ag Education at John Wood Community College. John Wood Community College officials announced today that Pikeland schools and FFA Advisor Jody Heavner will be the next Director of Agriculture Education. Heavner will replace Mike Tenhouse who will retire next month after […]

Ptacek: JSD117 Ready to Weather Upcoming Financial Storms in State

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 7:20am

The Jacksonville School District 117 Board of Education had a rather pedestrian meeting last Wednesday. The board mostly made preparation for the upcoming school year and heard from Vision 117 coordinator Bob Roads about the final pieces to the renovations at Eisenhower and Washington Elementary schools. Both projects are expected to be wrapped up in […]

Davidsmeyer Railroader Identity Protection Bill Passes Senate

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 7:07am

State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer worked with the state’s railroad union on a piece of legislation this session to protect the privacy of railroaders in the event of a fatal accident. Davidsmeyer says through no fault of their own oftentimes railroad engineers are put in tragic situations: “The bill originally came from the Brotherhood of Locomotive […]

Barry Man Sentenced For Absconding From Sex Offender Registry in Pike

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 6:52am

A Quincy man who attempted to evade law enforcement in Pike County has been sentenced to prison time. 39-year old John R. Campbell, Jr. was sentenced to 4 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court. Campbell was found guilty of the charge after a single-day bench trial in […]

Third Individual Charged For February East Independence Armed Robbery Pleads Guilty

By Benjamin Cox on May 23, 2024 at 6:47am

The third individual in a quartet that was charged with an armed robbery in Jacksonville’s east end in February has pleaded guilty to robbery charges. 52-year old Douglas J. Wanless of the 800 block of Hoagland Boulevard pleaded guilty to Class 2 felony robbery yesterday in Morgan County Circuit Court. Wanless along with 28-year old […]

Two Men Sentenced For Roles In Downtown Shots Fired Incidents From Earlier This Year

By Benjamin Cox on May 22, 2024 at 3:15pm

Two Jacksonville men were sentenced to prison yesterday for two separated, isolated shots fired incidents near a downtown tavern from earlier this year. 39-year old Benjamin L. Clinton of the 600 block of East Independence Avenue pleaded guilty yesterday to Class 4 felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Morgan County Court. Clinton was […]

Jax Yoga Opening Second Location in Downtown Springfield

By Benjamin Cox on May 22, 2024 at 12:30pm

This report was conducted by WLDS News Intern Reporter Ben Hermes Jax Yoga is set to expand to the state capital tomorrow. The locally owned business out of Jacksonville is opening its second location in Springfield, located at 605 East Washington Street south of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and adjacent to the […]

JMH Safe Sitter Registration Now Open

By Benjamin Cox on May 22, 2024 at 12:22pm

Registration is open for two upcoming Safe Sitter courses at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. The Safe Sitter class is intended to give preteens and teens the confidence and skills to be effective, safe babysitters. Two sessions are planned, on Thursday, June 27th, and Thursday, August 1st. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is […]

Greene County Jail Renovations Near Completion

By Benjamin Cox on May 22, 2024 at 7:50am

The Greene County Jail has been closed for over a month due to maintenance. Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen told WLDS News last month that the jail had been booking Greene County’s prisoners down at the Jersey County Jail since April 5th. The Greene County Jail has been going through a series of maintenance projects […]