Pawnee Native Named 65th Sangamon Co. Fair Queen

By Benjamin Cox on June 13, 2024 at 5:49am

The Sangamon County Fair kicked off yesterday with the 65th Annual Sangamon County Fair Queen pageant. Last night’s queen was Claire Oliver of Pawnee. On top of the crown, Oliver is the winner of a $2,000 scholarship, a wardrobe allowance of $1,000 and her expenses will be paid to attend the Miss Illinois County Fair […]

Car Flips After Striking Utility Pole on South Clay

By Benjamin Cox on June 13, 2024 at 5:47am

No one was injured after a vehicle struck a utility pole yesterday afternoon. Jacksonville Police, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue, and LifeStar EMS were paged for a one-vehicle roll over in the 700 block of South Clay Avenue just before 2PM yesterday. According to a Jacksonville Police report, a vehicle driven by 20-year old Joseph S. […]

Rabid Bat Found in Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on June 13, 2024 at 5:46am

The Morgan County Health Department has announced that a bat discovered in the county has tested positive for rabies. On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health notified the health department that a bat submitted to lab testing by Morgan County Animal Control tested positive for the disease. Morgan County is the 9th county in […]

Missouri Man Fights and Injures Brown Co. Officers in Warrant Arrest

By Benjamin Cox on June 13, 2024 at 5:45am

A Hunnewell, Missouri man accused of embezzling money from a livestock auction house in Monroe City, Missouri was arrested by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputies last week, that saw one officer get injured. 41-year old Ryan M. Edlin made his first appearance in Monroe County Circuit Court on Tuesday on one count of money laundering, five […]

S.A.G.E. Project Co-Founder Honored At Pride Month Event in Springfield By IL Comptroller

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2024 at 9:20am

A Jacksonville woman was honored in Springfield yesterday by Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza for her work and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in Central Illinois. Comptroller Mendoza honored 3 individuals with recognition during Pride Month for their advocacy and work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community across the state. June is designated as Pride Month […]

Jacksonville City Council Fails to Meet Quorum But Honors Local Hero, Police Promotions

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2024 at 8:53am

The Jacksonville City Council was unable to officially hold an official meeting Monday night. Five of the 10 members of the city council were in attendance. Six are needed to have an official quorum. Quorum is the minimum number of elected officials needed to conduct official business of a public body. Those not present included […]

Fox Leaves Pikeland for JWCC Position, Search On For Interim and Permanent Superintendent

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

The Pikeland School District has resumed an extensive search for a permanent superintendent. Interim Superintendent Todd Fox announced on Thursday that he had accepted a full-time professor of education position with John Wood Community College and would be taking on those duties this Fall. Fox replaced former Superintendent Carol Kilver in December 2023 in an […]

Pleasant Plains PD Searching For Missing CassComm Tools

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2024 at 8:35am

The Pleasant Plains Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating some equipment that may have been mistakenly taken. According to the Pleasant Plains PD’s Facebook, on Friday around 3:30 in the afternoon, a CassComm employee was working in the 600 block of North Cartwright in Pleasant Plains. Upon completing work, some tools and […]

IL State Museum Searching for Route 66 Stories

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2024 at 8:33am

The Illinois State Museum is seeking individuals to share their personal experiences with the original Route 66 in Illinois ahead of its 100th anniversary. Historians from the Illinois State Museum will record and share oral histories of people who can recall their connections to the historic roadway, which operated from 1926 until decommissioning in 1985. […]

Be Aware Wellness Fair & Summerfest Run in Community Park Today

By Benjamin Cox on June 12, 2024 at 8:31am

Jacksonville’s Community Park will be buzzing with two events running simultaneously today. The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Jacksonville Memorial Hospital will be hosting the Be Aware Wellness Fair and the Prairieland United Way will be hosting the annual Summerfest. There will be Health & Wellness exhibits, screenings, healthy activities, youth activities […]