IHSA Return To Play Guidelines Begin Tomorrow

By Benjamin Cox on July 4, 2020 at 3:30pm

The Illinois High School Association has released guidelines for students to return to play beginning Sunday. The Illinois Department of Public Health approved the guidelines early this past week after the state moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Under the new guidelines, high school teams can practice in groups of 50 people […]

New Our Savior Pastor is Jacksonville Native

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 4, 2020 at 11:24am

Those who attend services at Our Saviour Parish this weekend might need to adjust their greetings to the new Pastor. Instead of welcoming Father Ring to Jacksonville, parishioners will want to say welcome back to Jacksonville. Father Joe Ring has been appointed as Pastor of Our Saviour Parish, and says he is looking forward to […]

7th COVID Death in Cass County Nursing Facility Outbreak, Morgan and Cass Report No New Cases

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 4, 2020 at 10:36am

The Cass County Health Department is reporting the seventh COVID related death in a Cass County resident. A 97 year old male passed away on July 2nd in Virginia. The patient was a part of the outbreak at Walker’s Nursing Home in Virginia. Cass County’s overall Covid-19 case count remains at 135. The total number […]

Jacksonville Night at Busch Stadium Officially Canceled

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 3, 2020 at 10:06am

This year’s Jacksonville Night at Busch Stadium, event has been canceled. The annual event was scheduled for July 25th as the Cardinals had been set to take on the rival Chicago Cubs. Shelly Singleton who organizes the event says with the uncertainty of this year’s baseball season and recent spikes in the COVID-19 virus, the […]

South Jacksonville Ambulance Service to Cease Operation August 1st

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 3, 2020 at 9:11am

The Village of South Jacksonville will need to fully rely on one emergency service from outside sources starting on august 1st. The Village of South Jacksonville chose to defund the village ambulance service by a vote of 4 to 1 at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Action items to both fully and partially fund the […]

IC, LLCC Announce Fall Instruction Plans

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 7:23am

Two area colleges have announced their plans for instruction in the Fall. Lincoln Land Community College says that four formats will be offered at their campuses. LLCC representatives say the formats are designed to give student options for their preferred learning environment while keeping safety in mind. They will be offering the traditional face-to-face classes, […]

City of Winchester Pool Closes In On Phase 2

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:31am

The City of Winchester has nearly completed the first phase of its pool renovation. Greg Hillis, of Benton & Associates said that electrical work by Scott Brothers Electric and piping and plumbing for the filter house by Doyle Plumbing & Heating were nearly 90% complete. Hillis told the Winchester City Council that approximately $27,600 worth […]

IL Sheriffs Association Scholarship Winners

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:22am

Several area high school seniors have received scholarships for the upcoming academic year from their local sheriff’s departments. The Illinois Sheriffs Association established a scholarship program for county sheriff’s departments in 1979. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications through an application and essay. […]

Crimestoppers Pursuing Tips Into Suspicious Fires in Jacksonville, Tips Down in 2Q

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:17am

Crimestoppers is still pursuing information on suspicious fires around the Jacksonville area in recent weeks. Firefighters were summoned twice last weekend to the former JDC grounds on South Main. At 6a.m. on June 24: two dumpsters fires were reported. Then on June 25 just before 11p.m.: wood pallets were set ablaze. Firefighters have also responded […]

Clay County Court Rules Against Pritzker Executive Orders

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2020 at 5:16pm

Clay County Judge Michael McHaney has declared Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Orders void after the first order was issued back in March, and his executive power lapsed on April 8th. In a summary judgement, McHaney says that any executive orders that took effect after April 8th relating to COVID-19 are void citing Section 7 under […]