Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show Cancelled

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 10, 2020 at 1:21pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation of yet another annual event in Morgan County. The Prairie Land Heritage Museum Institute Board of Directors announced today this year’s Steam Show and Fall Festival has been canceled. The board voted to make the decision during their regular July meeting on Thursday night. Board members cited the […]

JHS Bowl Floor Damaged By Burst Water Valve

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 12:05pm

The floor at the JHS Bowl has been damaged and will have to be completely replaced. In a Facebook Post by Superintendent Steve Ptacek late this morning, he says that the floor of the Bowl received water damage after a pressure valve unknowingly opened on the Bowl’s hot water system for an extended period of […]

Brown County School District Awarded Grant for Broadband Development

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 10, 2020 at 9:48am

A West Central Illinois School District is one of the first in the state to receive grant funding from a new program aimed at building broadband capacity in underserved areas. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband announced the first recipients of the Illinois Connected Communities grant program Thursday. The […]

Murrayville Woodson E.A.S. Recipient of Helping Heroes Donation

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 10, 2020 at 9:41am

The Murrayville Woodson E.A.S. Received a helping hand this week. The non-profit emergency medical services agency was selected to be a recipient of an Operation Helping Heroes donation for 2020. The Operation Helping Heroes Program was developed by Country Financial in 2015 to support non-profit events and programs that benefit active duty service members, veterans […]

Cass County See 8th COVID-Related Death

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 10, 2020 at 9:37am

The Cass County Health Department announced an eighth COVID-related death today. This individual was a female in her 80’s who was a part of a long-term care facility outbreak at Walker Nursing Home in Virginia. Cass County’s overall Covid-19 case count remains at 137. The total number of recovered is at 114, with 8 deceased. […]

IHSA Walks Back Portions of Return to Play Guidelines

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 10, 2020 at 9:28am

The return to normal for high school sports took a side backward Thursday. The Illinois High School Association sent an amendment to their Return to Play rules in an email to school administrators today, changing the original rules that had been in effect since Monday. The email was sent by IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson […]

Gross Becomes Official New Owner of Jacksonville Masonic Center

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 8:37am

The Jacksonville Masonic Center has changed hands once again. Local property owner Will Gross worked out a deal with Mike Doyle & his partners to purchase the property within the last two weeks. Gross said he likely would have purchased the property during the auction, but he ran into a few snags: “I got in […]

IDES Gets New Director, Callback System as Unemployment Numbers Slow

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 6:25am

The Illinois Unemployment rate continues to decline according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor. DOL estimates that 38,897 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 29th in Illinois in a report released early yesterday. IDES was expected to release official numbers late Thursday. There were 1.3 million unemployment claims […]

City of Winchester Set to Demo Old Water Plant Site

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 6:22am

The City of Winchester is planning on taking care of a major safety issue on the outskirts of town, off of South Main Street. The old water treatment plant has become a major eyesore and safety concern for citizens, according to Utility Superintendent John Simmons. Simmons says that the major concern lies with curious kids […]

Ellis Selects Bench Trial In Infant Murder Case

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 6:11am

A 22 year old Alton woman will head to a bench trial in late August for allegedly murdering her 6 month old son. 22 year old Jamia H. Ellis was in Greene County Court yesterday and asked for a bench trial under counsel from her private attorney Michelle Berkel. Ellis along with 35 year old […]