JREDC Launches Talent Attraction Campaign

By Benjamin Cox on May 28, 2024 at 7:51am

The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation officially launched its talent attraction campaign last week. Several media outlets in the region have been talking about the MakeMyMove platform in recent weeks but have not included all of the pieces surrounding the program. MakeMyMove is an online application process that attracts specific professionals to municipalities on the […]

New Tasers Going Into Service for JPD in August

By Benjamin Cox on May 28, 2024 at 6:13am

The Jacksonville Police Department will be getting some new equipment in the near future. Jacksonville Police Chief Adam Mefford brought a proposal to get new tasers for the department last month. Mefford told the City Council at that time that their current tasers were currently reaching their end of service date, and they could no […]

Likes Lecture Series To Cover the Growth of New Philadelphia Association

By Benjamin Cox on May 28, 2024 at 6:06am

The New Philadelphia Association has announced the line up of its annual Marvin J. and Thomas Leo Likes Lecture Series. The series will take place starting at 7PM each Tuesday evening in the month of June online. The lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required. This year the Likes Lectures […]

Rushville Woman Sues Schuyler-Industry School District Over Fatal Bus, Semi Crash

By Benjamin Cox on May 24, 2024 at 9:05am

A Rushville parent is suing the Schuyler-Industry School District over the fatal crash that killed 5 people in March in Rushville. Sarah Miller is the mother of Maria and Andrew Miller, two preschoolers who lost their lives in the crash. On March 11th, Schuyler County bus driver 57-year old Angela Spiker of Rushville picked up […]

Jacksonville Man Sentenced to Prison on Weapons Charge

By Benjamin Cox on May 24, 2024 at 8:58am

A Jacksonville man will spend over a decade in prison on weapons charges. 44-year old Obia Y. Brengettsy of the 700 block of South Diamond pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon on Tuesday in Morgan County Circuit Court The charge stem from an April 1st arrest by South Jacksonville Police in […]

DuPage County Man Sentenced For Drug Charges in Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on May 24, 2024 at 8:55am

A DuPage County man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Morgan County Circuit Court on Tuesday. 41-year old Joseph K. Purnell of Oak Brook pleaded guilty to Class X felony possession of methamphetamine between 100-400 grams. Purnell was arrested in a traffic stop by Jacksonville Police on the evening of March 21st at East […]

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 […]