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Two From New Berlin Make First Team All Sangamo in baseball

Two players from New Berlin/South County have been named to the 2022 Sangamo All conference baseball team.

Lucas Bixby and Rockman Prince were placed on the first team.

Jacob Roberts and Gannon Dodd of New Berlin/South County received honorable mention.

Jake Shannon and Dane Degroot of Porta/AC were named to the 2nd team, and teammate Aaron Suiter was named honorable mention.

NG Looking for new Head Basketball Coach

North Greene High School is looking to fill another coaching vacancy.

Justin Vinyard has told the administration that he will step down from the boys’ head basketball coaching position to pursue other endeavors.

Vinyard has been head coach at North Greene for the past three season, and struggled this year with a depleted roster.

His overall record is 18 and 58.

Athletic director Brett Berry says the school has been appreciative of his work and effort, and wish him well.

North Greene has begun taking applications from qualified candidates to fill the vacancy.

North Greene had just filled its head football coaching position with North Greene graduate Brian VanMeter last month. VanMeter had been on the staff of outgoing head coach Donnie Allen.

Hayes Cries Foul in DCFS Move Downtown

A downtown building owner is crying foul in an apparent move by a state office out of a north side building.

            There are moving vans stationed outside of the DCFS building, which housed the Sears store years ago.

            The building is owned by Mike Hayes. He says the building is safe, in good shape, and complaints about a leaky roof were addressed over the weekend.

            He says he walked the building and the roof over the weekend to make sure it was safe, and the leaks were repaired. Hayes says he has reached out to state officials, but has had no response as of noon today.

            Hayes says the department of children and family services has been a tenant in the building for over 15 years.  He says he was contacted when roof leaks popped up after the big snow.

            Hayes says he has told central management service officials that a new roof will be done. Hayes says efforts to put on a new roof are in the plans for this spring, once supplies resume and the weather breaks.

            He says he and others on his staff have been monitoring the building on a daily basis.

             Hayes says he was e-mailed papers yesterday from a Chicago attorney saying the office would move out unless the leaks and repairs were done by February 25th. That’s this Friday.

            He has tried to reach her, but she has not returned his phone calls.

            Hayes says the state is breaking its lease with no notice. And, he is still owed money on the lease. The last payment made was in December, and it was for July.

            Hayes says the building is very structurally sound. He thinks the state wants to close the local office, and is looking for an excuse. He also thinks the decision was made long before now.

            Hayes says Mayor Andy Ezard is looking into the situation.

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December Was Warm

Temperatures were up dramatically, and precipitation was down 3-quarters of an inch in December.

         The average temperature last month was 40-point-1 degrees. That’s just below the record December for warmth, set in 1965. The mercury averaged 40-point-4 degrees then.

            There were 17 days of 50 or higher readings, topping out at 71 on the 16th.  That was a record high on the 16th, shattering the old mark of 62.

            At the other end of the spectrum, there were no days of single digit lows, and just two nights when the temps fell below 20.

            A typical day last month saw a high of 50, and a low of just under 30 degrees.

            Snowfall was nonexistent. In fact, it was the second straight December of no snow.

            And, total precipitation was at just under an inch and 3 quarters. Normal snow for December is between 3 and 4 inches. And, normal precipitation for December is 2 and a half inches.

WLDS-WEAI is an official reporting station for the National Weather Service.

Jax School Superintendent Warns of Social Agenda Tied to State Funding

Jacksonville school superintendent Steve Ptacek is crossing his fingers, hoping the state does not tie some types of state financial aid to what he believes are mandates.

            This could include a sex education bill, and training to prevent racism and treat trauma.

            Ptacek says tying the aid to regulations and awarding school districts for falling in step, in effect creates a mandate.

            He says the thought that school districts would be awarded for following a designed social agenda definitely would make this a mandate

            Ptacek is very leery of what some might see as a social agenda.

            Ptacek says it’s important to get out in front of this direction, and caution local lawmakers about the impact it would have on local education.

Ptacek fears OHSA Involvement with School Vaccination Mandates

Jacksonville School District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek is concerned that OSHA will jump into the fray over shot mandates in schools.

            OSHA is the occupational safety and health administration, which carries a heavy hand in industrial regulations.

            Ptacek told the school board Wednesday night OSHA is potentially a scary agency that carries heavy fines.

               Ptacek says OHSA has broad powers to invoke daily fines on industries found in violation of OHSA rules.

            The Biden Administration regulations involve industry that staffs over 100 people, which would include Jacksonville School District 117.

            Ptacek thinks the courts will steer away from OHSA.

            OHSA announced on Friday that he it had suspended the Biden Administration vaccine mandate. The suspension was announced on the heels on an injunction filed in the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after challenges from five other states. Ptacek is watching closely the courts, Congress, and the General Assembly through the end of this year, and in January.

            Ptacek also has concerns about the Illinois State Board of Education tying funding for schools for new regulations for masks and COVID prevention.

Tuesday Sports

The Triopia volleyball team fell to Pittsfield last night in two sets, Pleasant Plains held off Maroa Forsyth in two sets, Rushville Industry lost to Macomb, and Carrollton lost to Father McGivney.

            The JHS swim team stopped Clinton and Routt at home last night.

            Tonight, we have volleyball on both WLDS and WEAI. Action on WLDS will feature the JHS and Decatur Eisenhower match, with the pregame set for 7. It is senior night.

            Action on WEAI will find Routt at Franklin to play South County. The pregame is scheduled for 7.

            Elsewhere, North Greene plays Beardstown in White Hall, West Central heads for Pleasant Hill, Carrollton will travel to Greenfield to play GNW, Griggsville Perry hosts Liberty, Pittsfield plays at Quincy, Rushville Industry welcomes Illini West, and Porta/AC plays at Illini Central.

            The JHS soccer team celebrates senior night with a home match with Decatur schools.

September Weather

Things warmed up and dried out last month in Jacksonville.

            Precipitation tumbled in September. There was a little over 2 and a half inches of rain in September. Since the turn of the century, rainfall in September has averaged a little over 3 and a half inches. That’s an inch short of normal last month.

An inch and 2 tenths of the total last month fell on the 20th and 21st

           But, Jacksonville still is running about nearly six inches above normal for the year.

            The average temperature last month was also warmer than normal. The mercury averaged a little over 70 degrees in September. That’s 5 degrees hotter than usual.

            There were 5 days when the temperature reached 90 or better, and 24 days when the mercury hit 80 or better.

            A typical day in September saw the mercury rise to 83 and a half, and fall to just under 57 at night.

            The hottest day was on the 29th with a 92 degree reading. The coldest was 45 on the 23rd.          

            WLDS-WEAI is a reporting station for the National Weather Service.

July 2021 Weather

A heated end of July pushed up the daily average, but it was still cooler than normal.

            July typically averages just a tick under 76 degrees. Last month’s average temperature was right at 75 degrees.

            That despite a nasty end of the month which pushed feels like readings to 110 plus.

            The 98 degree reading on the 30th was the high for the month. The 57 degree reading on the 2nd was the low for July. The mercury hit 90 0r better on only five of the 31 days.

            A typical day last month saw a high of 85, and a low of 65.

            The precipitation for July reached 3 and three quarter inches. That’s about 12-hundredths more than normal.

            There was some type of precipitation activity on 20 of the 31 days, which indicates not much fell in one 24 hour period. The exception was the one and two thirds inches that fell on the 15th and 16th.

            Rainfall for the year is now at 29 and three quarter inches. Typical for this area through the first 7 months is 18 and thirteen hundredths inches.  That’s over 11 and a half inches more than normal.

            WLDS-WEAI is a cooperative reporting station for the National Weather Service.