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Hydrant flushing in Carrollton

The City of Carrollton will be flushing hydrants Monday, May 17th and Tuesday, May 18th. A slight discoloration may occur however the water is safe for drinking and cooking as normal.

Prairieland Chautauqua Cancelled

The Morgan County Historical Society has announced that the 2021 Prairieland Chautauqua, usually held over the Labor Day weekend, has been cancelled.

Hydrant flushing in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Water Department along with the Jacksonville Fire Department is flushing hydrants beginning Monday, May 17th. A slight discoloration may occur however the water is safe for drinking and cooking as normal.
Anyone with questions on the process can call 217-479-4660.


Early voting has begun in Morgan County

Early voting in Morgan County for the April consolidated election will be held in the County Clerk’s office in the Morgan County Court House during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The office will be open this Saturday for early voting only from 9:00 am to noon.
County Clerk Jill Waggener says this is the only Saturday in March early voting will be held. She says an April Saturday date will be announced later this month.

Weather Announcements and Cancellations

School Cancellations and Announcements for Friday, Feb. 19

Jacksonville School District 117 has made the following announcement:
• All non-K-12 buildings will be closed the remainder of this week.
This includes the central office, Early Years, Crossroads Learning
Center (including the TAP program), and the Bowl.
• K-12 buildings will operate with normal hours. Inside temperatures will be lower by 1-2 degrees. Please send your student in layers. If a building becomes too cold, we will respond and increase the heat. This is especially the case with our elementary students. JMS and JHS students are older, more adaptable, and they leave earlier.
• All sporting events scheduled for the Bowl will move to JMS. This
includes tonight’s JHS girls’ basketball game, Friday night’s JHS boys’
basketball game, and all JMS events. All restrictions that have been
enacted due to COVID will remain.
Community walking program at the Bowl will not be offered for the remainder of this week. This is a program offered through Passavant that utilizes the Bowl.


Franklin Schools, Closed through the remainder of the week

North Greene Schools, Closed through the remainder of the week

Pikeland CUSD #10, Closed through the remainder of the week

Waverly Schools, Closed through the remainder of the week




Other Announcements

Due to corporate decision, Buster Area Disposal will be running one day behind for trash pick up.


Holiday Closings


The Morgan County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, February 12, in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Washington’s Birthday.

The Cass County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, February 12, in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Washington’s Birthday.

Weather Related Announcements & Cancelations


Due to bitterly cold temperatures the Winchester Kiwanis Food Pantry originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 20. The pantry is held at 24 S. Hill St. in Winchester from 8 – 10 AM.

Church Cancellations

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, is cancelling in-person worship Sunday, February 14

Our Saviour Church in Jacksonville has cancelled all Masses Saturday and Sunday as well as 7am Monday 2/15. This includes Saturday 3pm Communion and Confessions. Priests only will LiveStream Saturday @ 4:30pm, it will also be interpreted for the Deaf. You can follow on Facebook at Church of Our Saviour or the Mass will be downloaded to You Tube.

Trinity Lutheran in Neelyville/Bluffs

Christ Lutheran in Winchester

Winchester United Methodist Church, Winchester, IL is canceling in-person worship Sunday, February 14 due to the extreme winter temperatures. You can still find the on-line broadcast at winchesterilumc.org/multimedia, or on You Tube under Winchester United Methodist Church. Any questions, please call 217-742-3610.

1st Baptist Church in Winchester has cancelled in person worship on Sunday, Feb. 14 but will be available on Face Book.

City Church in South Jacksonville has cancelled in person worship for Sunday, Feb. 14 but will be available on Facebook tomorrow

Masses have been cancelled this weekend, February 13 & 14 at Visitation BVM, Alexander, Sacred Heart, Franklin, St. Sebastian, Waverly and St. Mary’s, New Berlin.

Jacksonville Cemetery Board Meeting Cancelled

The Jacksonville City Cemeteries Board of Managers meeting set for Friday, January 15, 2021, has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Friday, February 19, 2021.