Waverly Adds Chris Johnson As New Chief of Police

By Benjamin Cox on October 31, 2020 at 5:17pm

The Waverly Police Department will be getting a veteran of Morgan County law enforcement as their new Chief of Police. Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Chris Johnson has accepted the position. He takes over for James “Jame” Bettis, who had served as chief since 2016. Johnson says that he came by the role organically through conversations with […]

Three Die In Rural Pike County Crash on Friday

By Benjamin Cox on October 31, 2020 at 4:04pm

Three people are dead after a two-vehicle accident occurred yesterday evening southeast of Pittsfield. At 5:03PM Friday, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on County Highway 8 approximately 1 mile east of County Highway 7, approximately 3 miles southeast of Pittsfield and just west of Time Township. According to a press […]

Jacksonville Man Dies in Single Vehicle Accident North of Carrollton

By Benjamin Cox on October 31, 2020 at 12:47pm

A Jacksonville man has died in a single-vehicle roll over accident in rural Greene County this morning just north of Carrollton. According to Illinois State Police reports, a 2006 white Chrysler Sebring driven by 36 year old Brian Wallace of Jacksonville was traveling southbound on U.S. 67 just south of the Berdan Road turn off […]

District 117 Coats For Kids Drive Begins

By Benjamin Cox on October 31, 2020 at 10:18am

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation is now accepting donations of new coats, hats, and gloves for the students of School District #117. Only new items can be collected this year due to COVID-19. The Foundation will be collecting all sizes toddler through adult. Foundation Executive Director Amy Albers said in a press release that the […]

Morgan County Nearing 1,100 COVID Cases

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 7:29pm

Morgan County is fast approaching 1,100 COVID-19 cases. The Morgan County Health Department announced 35 new cases of the virus today. The Health Department also received a report of an additional death, a male in his 80’s, a resident at Heritage Health. Morgan County’s overall COVID-19 case count is now at 1,042, with 187 active […]

Langfelder Defies Tier 1 Mitigations, Says Springfield Will Stay Open

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 6:38pm

A nearby city is set to defy Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Tier 1 mitigations set to take effect on Sunday. According to WICS Newschannel 20, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says no new restrictions will go into place on Sunday in his city. Illinois’ Region 3, which includes Springfield, is set to face new COVID-19 mitigations starting […]

US Central District Court of IL Shuts Down In-Person Gatherings

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 6:30pm

In an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central Illinois District tonight, the court has shut down all in-person gatherings including in-person jury trials and public gatherings, which include naturalization ceremonies. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Sara Darrow writes that the order will run until January 25th, 2021, effecting the federal courthouses […]

Beardstown Marina Progressing

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 6:24pm

The Beardstown Marina is progressing forward. COVID-19 has slowed down fundraising efforts for portions of the project, but engineering plans continue to progress. Kelly Cagle, Chair of the Beardstown Harbor committee, says that JBS has donated a significant amount of funds to help with several different costs: “JBS made a very generous donation to us […]

Portions of Central IL In Drought Conditions

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 6:11pm

West Central Illinois remains abnormally dry for this time of year. Despite recent precipitation, totals remain well below average for this time of year. State Climatologist Trent Ford says that drought still persists across central portions of the state: “Areas of the state north of Interstate 80 and south of Interstate 70 have been near […]

BurgerBoard Temporarily Closes Due to COVID-19

By Benjamin Cox on October 30, 2020 at 4:26pm

A popular fast food restaurant is closing down temporarily due to a COVID-positive employee. In an announcement on their Facebook Page, the Burger Board and Ice Creamery says that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 but the employee had no close contact with customers. BurgerBoard Owner Karen Danner says that they are closing until […]