West Central ETSB Approve Multi-Million Dollar Overhaul of Telecomm Network

By Benjamin Cox on April 12, 2024 at 8:40am

The West Central Emergency Telephone System Board voted on Wednesday to green light a complete overhaul of its telecommunications system. The board consists of police, ambulance, and fire departments in Morgan, Greene, the northwest portion of Cass, and Calhoun counties. Morgan County ESDA Coordinator Phil McCarty says if an organization runs emergency lights in those […]

JSD 117 Officials Decide To Shuffle Calendar Days, Lengthen Summer Break

By Benjamin Cox on April 12, 2024 at 8:32am

Jacksonville School District 117 officials appear to be moving days around in the school calendar to give students a longer summer break. Superintendent Steve Ptacek announced on April 2nd some calendar changes concerning the solar eclipse and SIP Days. Ptacek says in written communication that he received follow up emails asking if the district could […]

Healthy Kids Running Series Under Way in Jacksonville

By Benjamin Cox on April 12, 2024 at 8:30am

Weekly races aimed at keeping children active started this past weekend in Jacksonville’s Community Park. The Healthy Kids Running series began on Sunday in Community Park with over 60 racers. Amy Oxley, the local coordinator of the national series, says that the series is a positive introduction to the world of running and fitness to […]

Rep. Coffey: The IL State Capital Should Have A Post Office

By Benjamin Cox on April 12, 2024 at 6:12am

Springfield area State Representative Mike Coffey is joining the chorus of lawmakers opposed to the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed network consolidation plan. This action would redirect Springfield’s packages and unprocessed mail to St. Louis, Missouri. The current proposal by the USPS would convert 58 Processing and Distribution Centers into Local Mail Processing Centers. Coffey says […]

Turner’s Human Remains Chain of Custody Bill Passes IL Senate

By Benjamin Cox on April 12, 2024 at 6:01am

A bill that would aim to prevent families from receiving the wrong remains of their loved ones has now passed one chamber of the statehouse. WCIA reports that State Senator Doris Turner’s bill filed in November that would require ll funeral and crematory establishments in the state to include chain of custody records and start […]

Jacksonville Museum Officials Encourage Visit Soon for New JDC Display Due to Upcoming Renovations

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2024 at 1:26pm

The Jacksonville Area Museum’s latest exhibit on the Jacksonville Developmental Center has been a huge draw. The exhibit opened this past weekend and saw several hundred people come through the museum. Museum Manager McKenna Servis says people should come and visit as soon as possible to see the exhibit because upcoming renovations for the museum’s […]

Counterfeit Cash An ‘Epidemic’ For Jacksonville Area Businesses

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2024 at 11:43am

Counterfeit and prop money incidents are on the rise in the Jacksonville area. The Jacksonville Police Department dealt with at least two reported cases of “funny money” at two area businesses within the past week alone. Village of South Jacksonville Police Chief Eric Hansell says that counterfeit $20 bills and $100 bills have been popping […]

Crime of the Week: Residential Burglary on West State Street

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2024 at 11:22am

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 5:30am and 4:30pm on Saturday, April 6th, unknown individuals made entry into a residence in the 1400 block of West State Street and several items were taken, including: […]

Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau First Baby Born at JMH During National Ag Week

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2024 at 11:21am

The Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau celebrated National Agriculture Week, March 17-24, by honoring the first baby born during the week at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. Elise Rose Jung was born Thursday, March 21st. Elise and her parents, Hannah and Albert Jung of Jacksonville, received an overflowing bushel basket containing clothing, farm books, toys and supplies, courtesy of […]

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash in Beardstown

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2024 at 11:19am

Two people were taken to the hospital and a utility pole was damaged in Beardstown yesterday afternoon after a two-vehicle collision. According to a Beardstown Police report, a black 2002 Mitsubushi SUV driven by Claude Nganga of Beardstown was traveling on 9th Street and is said to have failed to yield to a red 1994 […]