Prarieland United Way Annual Meeting Goes Virtual Hybrid This Week

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:50pm

he Prairieland United Way’s Annual Meeting will have a bit of a different look this year. On Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30 am, the meeting will be presented by both the Board of Directors and 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs as an in-person/virtual hybrid due to the current public meeting restrictions. The public will be able to […]

Verizon Looks to Boost Area Service With New Tower Near Bluffs

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:17pm

Cellular service in the area looks to be getting a boost. Verizon is currently installing a new tower in a field near the corner of Oxville Lane and Route 100 near Bluffs. South Jacksonville Public Works Superintendent John Green says the tower is on private farm ground, and the Village completed quite a bit of […]

Jacksonville Business Sustains Damage in Sunday Evening Fire

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 2:13pm

The timely dropping off of trash likely saved a Jacksonville business from extensive fire damage. The Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a call of a fire in the 1000 block of North Main Street at approximately 6:15 yesterday evening. Smoke could be seen coming out the gable portion of the roofline of W.L. Powersports located […]

No Injuries Reported in South Jacksonville Hotel Fire

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 12, 2021 at 7:57am

The South Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a call of an automatic fire alarm at the Holiday Inn Express located at 2501 Holiday Lane in South Jacksonville at approximately 1:47 pm. According to a report by South Jacksonville Fire Chief Richard Evans, while en-route dispatch advised that a smoke detector and water flow alarm was […]

Wade & Dowland Ceasing Operations On June 30

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2021 at 2:59pm

A long-time Jacksonville office supply business will close its doors at the end of June after 6 decades in business. Wade & Dowland Office Equipment, Inc. will cease its operations by no later than June 30th. Owner Steven Quigg says his age along with the pandemic factored into the decision to close: “[The pandemic] definitely […]

Jacksonville Night at Busch Stadium Returns This Year

By Benjamin Cox on April 11, 2021 at 2:52pm

Jacksonville Night at Busch Stadium is back this year. The date for Jacksonville Night is set for Thursday, July 22nd as the Cardinals take on the Cubs. Shelly Singleton says that the Cardinals hope to have the stadium fully reopened by this summer: “We hope and the Cardinals hope also that by the summertime we […]

Greene County Fair Returning in 2021

By Benjamin Cox on April 10, 2021 at 12:08pm

The Greene County Agricultural Fair will return this year, but with some changes. Greene County Fair Board President Jerry Joyce told the Greene Prairie Press this week that a shortened version of the fair will run this year from Tuesday through Saturday, June 22nd-26th. The Greene County Agricultural Fair is one of the earliest county […]

IDOC Resuming Visitations

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 9, 2021 at 6:05pm

IDOC is allowing prisoner visitations in all of its facilities with restrictions in a staggered opening beginning on Monday. In March of last year, IDOC shut down visitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many facilities were hit hard last year with outbreaks of the virus during the shutdown, including the Jacksonville Correctional Center. The plan […]

Annual Mother’s Day Geranium Sale Announced

By Jeremy Coumbes on April 9, 2021 at 6:03pm

Jacksonville area residents can give flowers for Mother’s Day while supporting local service projects soon. The Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club has announced its annual Mother’s Day Geranium Sale, which will run through April 19. The sale items are four-inch potted red geraniums and are being sold for $5 each. Sunrise Rotary Club President Jay Jamison […]

WIC Guards Heading to Trial Over Death of Inmate

By Benjamin Cox on April 9, 2021 at 2:30pm

Two suspended Western Illinois Correctional Center guards are heading to trial in June after months of delays due to COVID-19. 29-year-old Alex Banta of Quincy and 52-year-old Todd Scheffler will be heading to trial on June 28th after both defendants waived the right to a speedy trial on March 10th. Banta and Scheffler are both […]