JSD 117 Administrators Present Breakdown of Discipline After Concerns Raised from IL Report Card

By Benjamin Cox on February 23, 2024 at 9:27am

The Jacksonville School District Board of Education heard lengthy presentations last night from two administrators. Jacksonville High School Principal Joey Dion and Jacksonville Middle School Principal Celeste Lashmett presented statistical breakdowns on how and upon whom the district administers discipline, mainly the use of out of school suspensions. School board members and residents sounded the […]

Public Comment Period Open On USPS Processing & Distribution Center Reviews in Central IL

By Benjamin Cox on February 23, 2024 at 9:14am

Several United State Postal Service Centers in Illinois are under facility reviews. Processing and Distribution Centers in Peoria, Springfield, and Champaign are currently in the public comment review period of the facility reviews, which began in January. 13th District Congressomwan Nikki Budzinski has urged the public to take advantage of the current open comment period. […]

City of Jacksonville Mulling a Second EMS Provider

By Benjamin Cox on February 23, 2024 at 9:06am

Echo Ambulance Service is in the process of applying to become a second emergency services provider within the City of Jacksonville. Members of the City of Jacksonville’s Ambulance Commission met for the first time since September on Tuesday to talk about the progress of ambulance service reaching the 3 required Advanced Life Support rigs in […]

Downtown Alley’s Light Up the Night Thanks to Grant to Main Street

By Benjamin Cox on February 23, 2024 at 8:41am

Downtown Jacksonville’s alleyways are prettier and brighter these days thanks to Jacksonville Main Street and some grant funding. Jacksonville Main Street Executive Director Judy Tighe says the idea of having lights in the alleys downtown has been around for awhile. She says that the Main Street Design Committee had been looking at ways to make […]

Crime Stoppers: Residential Burglary Investigation Open on South Clay

By Benjamin Cox on February 23, 2024 at 8:22am

Crime Stoppers of Morgan, Scott & Cass Counties are requesting Information to assist the Jacksonville Police Department in their investigation of a recent residential burglary. Sometime between 7PM on Sunday, February 18th and 1:45PM on Monday, February 19th, unknown individuals damaged a window to make forcible entry into a residence in the 1300 block of […]

Nationwide Cellular Outage Sporadic in Region

By Benjamin Cox on February 22, 2024 at 8:29am

A cellular outage in the U.S. has been reported for users of AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon network users this morning. Reuters reports that just under 32,000 outages peaked around 3:30 Central Time this morning for AT&T users, according to data collected by Downdetector. Local reports say the outage is sporadic. More than 800 […]

Pittsfield Long-Term Care Facility At Risk of Foreclosure After Parent Company Fails to Pay Off Loans

By Benjamin Cox on February 22, 2024 at 5:11am

A Pittsfield long-term care facility is at risk of foreclosure due to its parent company defaulting on loans. Muddy River News reports that Eastside Rehabilitation and Health Care in Pittsfield is one of 17 facilities in Missouri and Illinois that is at risk of foreclosure due to Peoria-based Petersen Health Care owing nearly $51 million […]

Greene County Courthouse To Get New Elevator Soon

By Benjamin Cox on February 22, 2024 at 5:07am

The Greene County Courthouse will soon have a new elevator. The Greene Prairie Press reports that the Greene County Board approved spending up to $200,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace the current obsolete elevator at their February monthly meeting. Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen updated the board with the state bid for […]

Griggsville Woman Sentenced From August Drug Bust in New Salem

By Benjamin Cox on February 22, 2024 at 5:06am

A Griggsville woman arrested in New Salem this past fall after a West Central Illinois Drug Task Force investigation has pleaded guilty to charges in Pike County Circuit Court. 29-year old Jordan A. Clendenny pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams on Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court. Clendenny was arrested by […]

Barn A Complete Loss After Fire in Rural Alexander

By Benjamin Cox on February 21, 2024 at 5:41am

Three area fire departments responded to a structure fire in rural Alexander yesterday afternoon. A private caller reported a barn on fire at approximately 2:30PM Tuesday at 1622 Cockin Road, about 2 1/2 miles north of Alexander. The barn was fully involved when firefighters from Alexander, Ashland, and Jacksonville arrived on scene. LifeStar EMS was […]