Crisis Center Foundation Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month With Thank You Mixer Event

The community is invited to a mixer this evening aimed at thanking supporters while bringing awareness to domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Crisis Center Foundation in Jacksonville is hosting an awareness mixer tonight in Legends at K’s Creek Golf Course.

Executive Director of the Crisis Center Donna Leonard says the Purple Happy Hour event is the start of the month-long campaign to bring awareness to domestic violence.

This is our kickoff event and it’s called Purple Happy Hour. It’s from 4:30 to 6:30 at Legends at K’s Creek Golf Course. Richie at Kitchen 63 is providing our appetizers which are free. The only cost is if you want something to drink from the bar.

We’re not really going to have a program, it’s more of a thank you for supporting the work that we do. We are going to have some educational information for people to pick up, and just more for awareness for people to know that this is domestic violence awareness month.”

Leonard says representatives from the Crisis Center Foundation will be visiting businesses this week to ask them to put purple ribbons in their windows. She says there are also signs available for the public to display showing their support for domestic violence awareness.

Leonard says they hope to have purple eventually become as immediately recognizable as the color pink is during this time of year.

We have trouble this month, I’m going to be honest with you because it’s also breast cancer awareness month. And not to take away from that whatsoever, but it’s huge and sometimes we get forgotten, the domestic violence movement gets forgotten. So we try to get that color out there as much as we can in different ways.

We’ve tied purple ribbons around downtown Jacksonville. We are doing it in the other towns that we serve, around their squares for people to recognize when they see that color. Just like when you see pink and you think breast cancer awareness, we want people to see the color purple and think oh it’s domestic violence awareness.”

The Purple Happy Hour will be held tonight at Legends in K’s Creek Golf Course from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Crisis Center Foundation in Jacksonville serves Morgan, Cass, Scott, and Greene Counties. If you or someone you know is in need of confidential assistance due to domestic violence, call 217-243-4357.

Trout Stocking to Begin Ahead of Fall Trout Season at Morgan Lake

The City of Jacksonville is gearing up for the fall trout fishing season.

The Jacksonville Parks and Lakes Department announced today that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be stocking trout at Morgan Lake in Nichols Park.

There will be a period of catch and release only fishing ahead of the opening of the fall trout season on Saturday, October 16.

The Parks and Lakes Department is stressing that prior to October 16th, only catch and release fishing for trout is permitted. It is only after the season opens on October 16 that you may keep your fish.

The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout. All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp that may be purchased where licenses are sold.

For more information or any questions about the rules and regulations, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

JHS Choir Returns to Performing Live with “The Promise of Living” Next Week

Jacksonville High and Middle School students are excited to welcome spectators back to the JHS Auditorium next week. The JHS and JMS Fall Choral Concert returns to performing in front of a live audience Tuesday.

The fall concert titled “The Promise of Living” will be the first time in two years that the entire choir will be performing live instead of virtually. JHS Choir Director Jacob Smetters says the free concert will have a little something for everyone to enjoy.

There’s a whole bunch of different styles of music that they are going to be performing. It ranges from African folk songs to very classical music to a song from Pink Zebra. So there has been a lit of different styles, there’s even jazz and blues in there as well. But there are a lot of very familiar tunes and songs that people will love and enjoy.”

Smetters says the most recent live performance for any of the students was during Jacksonville Night at Busch Stadium when the Madrigal group sang God Bless America. He says the students are very excited and admittedly a bit nervous to have the full choir back on stage for their families, friends, and peers.

Smeters says the choirs will have some familiar faces supporting them through their accompaniment during the performance.

I’m directing along with Christine Smith. The Jacksonville Middle School joins us and then the beginning choir and 7th and 8th-grade choir will sing at this concert as well along with all of our ensembles at Jacksonville High School. But then our accompanist is Mary Wilson. She’s been accompanying us for several several years. Actually the song The Promise of Living is a four-handed piano part so her and Christine Smith will be playing the song.”

The Promise of Living choir performance will be held next Tuesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Jacksonville High School Auditorium. There is no cost to attend the show however all attendees will be required to wear a face covering.

Outbreak Confirmed in Long Term Care Facility While New Cases Continue to Drop in Morgan

Morgan County Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 in long-term care facility despite the continued decrease in new cases.

The Morgan County Health Department today confirmed 12 new cases of COVID since Friday, eight of which were confirmed at Aperion Care in Jacksonville.

Morgan County currently has 67 active cases with now 5 of those hospitalized. The Illinois School for the Deaf and Jacksonville High School remain on the current outbreak list however both have not had new cases confirmed since each school’s initial two cases that called for outbreak status.

Health officials say the organizations remain in outbreak status for the duration of the two-week incubation period and fall off if no further cases are confirmed.

A.G. Announces New Initiatives to Fight Online Child Exploitation

The Illinois Attorney General is working with law enforcement in an effort to combat increasing online child exploitation.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul along with Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Douglas J. Quivey, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, and Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright, today announced initiatives the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is utilizing to protect children from online predators.

Raoul announced the ICAC Task Force, managed by the Attorney General’s office, will offer a series of webinars to help families ensure children are safe online. In addition, Raoul unveiled a new mobile forensic unit that will provide critical support to law enforcement conducting child pornography investigations in communities throughout the state.

Raoul says that reports of child pornography and child exploitation have increased over the last several years, and that trend does not show signs of stopping.

The Attorney General’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the ICAC Task Force that investigates child sexual exploitation crimes, trains law enforcement agencies, and provides online safety education to children and adults.

The task force receives CyberTips, or online reports of child pornography, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Raoul says over the last several years, CyberTipline reports have steadily increased, and his office projects that reports to the ICAC during 2021 will increase by 23% over 2020. According to the Attorney General’s office, the trend is in part due to increased reporting and awareness by social media platforms and apps.

Attorney General Raoul is encouraging parents, guardians, and educators to participate in a series of free online training sessions hosted by the Attorney General’s office that will provide information to help children develop healthy internet habits.

The online safety webinars will teach parents about the apps children and teens may be using; how to help youth navigate aggressive online behavior, both as a victim and perpetrator; how to help children foster healthy online interactions; and how to identify signs that a child or student may have been a victim of online child solicitation.

The series will begin on October 7th, and webinars will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Interested parties should email to register.

Macoupin County HD Offers Drive-Through Flu Clinic

Drive-up flu vaccinations will be offered in Macoupin County one week from tomorrow.

The Macoupin County Health Department has announced a drive-through style flu clinic will be held at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds next Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Attendees will be required to remain in their vehicles during vaccination and four individuals per vehicle will be the maximum allowed to be served from one car.

Health Department officials say each person in the vehicle must have a door or window which, allows access for the administration of the vaccine.

Participants are asked to wear short-sleeved shirts or blouses. Face masks are required. If you do not have a face mask on when you arrive, you will be asked to put one on.

Transportation will be provided for those that cannot transport themselves to the Fairgrounds. Call the Macoupin County Public Transportation at 1-877-600-0707 or 217-839-4130 to arrange a ride.

Those who are unable to attend the drive-through clinic can make an appointment at the Maple Street Clinic by calling 217-839-1526 or the Morgan Street Clinic by calling 217-854-3692.

Flu vaccinations are available for those 6 months of age and older. The drive-through flu clinic will be held next Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds located on Rt. 4 north of Carlinville.

Kampsville Ferry Reopens

Travel between Greene and Calhoun Counties is easier once again.

The Kampsville Ferry has reopened to traffic after a lengthy shut down for construction work. The Illinois Department of Transportation closed the ferry on September 13th to make repairs and improvements to the ferry’s landings on both sides of the Illinois River.

Both approach roadway ramps were removed and reconstructed with more substantial concrete. The project also called for parking lots were also reconstructed and new ADA compliant sidewalks were installed. The project also added new lighting facilities and pavement markings.

Village Mayor of Kampsville, Wade Gibson announced early Saturday that the ferry was in operation again via a post on his official Facebook page.

Residents in the area will now no longer be forced to travel approximately 10 miles south to cross the Joe Page bridge in order to travel from one county to the other.

Rt 104 Crash Sends Three to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital Friday

Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Route 104 east of Meredosia Friday afternoon.

According to a report by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office this morning, deputies responded to a call of a multi-car accident at 2:34 pm Friday.

According to the report, 18-year-old Mason L. Murphy of Chambersburg had stopped northbound in traffic on Highway 104 to make a left-hand turn onto Toe Head Road when a vehicle driven by 60-year-old Rhea K. Drake of Chapin rear-ended Murphy’s vehicle.

Drake said she did not see that Murphy had stopped. Murphy’s vehicle was pushed into the southbound lane of traffic where it was struck in the passenger side by an approaching vehicle driven by 56-year-old Michael Brown of Winchester.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department officials say the drivers of all three vehicles sustained unspecified injuries in the crash and were transported to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

All three vehicles sustained severe damage and had to be towed from the scene. All three vehicles are likely totaled. According to the report, no citations have been issued at this time.

JPD Seeking Info on Recent Armed Robbery

Crime Stoppers of Morgan, Scott & Cass Counties are requesting information to assist the Jacksonville Police Department in their investigation of a recent armed robbery.

Jacksonville Police received a report of an armed robbery that occurred in the 300 block of West Independence at 1:30 pm last Saturday, September 25th. According to reports, no one was harmed in the incident.

The suspect was described as a thin black male who was wearing black jeans, a black mask, and a black hoodie. The suspect was last seen exiting the area westbound.

The police are asking that anyone who has information concerning this incident or any other crimes within the three-county area submit a tip online by going to and clicking the leave a tip button on the home page or calling Crimestoppers at 243-7300.

Crime Stoppers says if your tip leads to an arrest, you are eligible for a cash payout.

Tips may also be submitted by texting 274637 (CRIMES). The first word of the text tip must be “payout”.

Single Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Meredosia Woman Early Friday

A Meredosia woman has died due to injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident early Friday morning.

Initial reports indicate that Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident in the 100 block of North Washington Street in Meredosia at approximately 12:45 am.

According to an announcement by Morgan County Coroner Marcy Patterson late Friday night, the coroner’s office was called to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital just before 4:00 am for a report of a deceased female.

The female was identified as 42-year-old Holly Buss of Meredosia who was the driver in the single-car accident.

No details on the crash have been released as of press time by the Sheriff’s Office.