Long-time Greene County Sheriff Mike Fry Passes Away

By Benjamin Cox on October 26, 2020 at 12:21pm

The Greene County Law Enforcement community lost one of its own over the weekend. Former Greene County Sheriff Mike Fry passed away Sunday at his home in South Jacksonville. He was 69. Fry was a 1969 graduate of Jacksonville High School and was drafted into military service as a military policeman in May 1972. After […]

Driver Hits Apartment Building on Labor Drive

By Benjamin Cox on October 25, 2020 at 3:33pm

A South Jacksonville man was taken to Passavant Area Hospital early this morning after his vehicle struck an apartment building. South Jacksonville Police were called to the the 400 block of Labor Drive at 2:08 this morning after a caller reported a vehicle had hit an apartment building. Upon arrival, police discovered that 67 year […]

Persons with Disabilities Can Register and Vote at JACIL Disability Voter’s Event

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 24, 2020 at 10:01pm

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance with voting in the November General Election can get assistance Monday. The Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living and the Morgan County Clerk’s office is sponsoring a Disability Voter’s event. On Monday persons with disabilities can vote and if needed, obtain assistance with the process at the Morgan […]

Butler Tests Positive For COVID-19

By Benjamin Cox on October 24, 2020 at 7:28pm

Springfield State Representative Tim Butler revealed Saturday on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Butler said he registered symptoms Saturday morning that included a headache, light-headedness, a sore throat and a temperature of about 100 degrees. This prompted him to get a rapid test at Walgreens’ drive-thru test site on Ninth Street in […]

Schuyler Co. Health Department Reports COVID Outbreak At Scripps Park Golf Course

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 7:06pm

The Schuyler County Health Department has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Scripps Park Golf Course. Public health officials have linked 3 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to this location at this time. Officials say that anyone who was at the location on Tuesday, October 13th to monitor for symptoms and possibly get tested. As of […]

Standardized Tests Shows Varied Scores in District 117

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 6:46pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has begun to reflect some fluctuation in baseline standardized tests in Jacksonville School District 117. Reading and Math scores for the NWEA assessment showed a large variety of numbers between grades this year for the first assessment. Superintendent Steve Ptacek says the district expected the large swings: “There’s a giant flux from […]

Jacksonville Promise Online Auction Is Live

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 6:30pm

The Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Program has had to change fundraising plans this year to roll with changes brought on by COVID-19. Chairman of the Jacksonville Promise, Dr. Charles Sheaff says that the group had to cancel their annual fundraising dinner this year out of safety concerns: “A little more than a month ago, we canceled […]

Two District 117 Staff Take Home Honors

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 6:20pm

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation supports the annual Bill Russell Award each year for Excellence in Education. Russell was a pioneer in the field of instructional television when he joined District 117 in 1963. Rusell’s lifetime involvement in the district led to the award being set up and given to a person in the district […]

IDOR Urging IL Residents To Explore Earned Income Tax Credit

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 2:59pm

The Pritzker Administration and the Illinois Department of Revenue is reaching out to residents who may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit but has failed to claim the credit. IDOR has identified more than 22,000 Illinois taxpayers who successfully claimed the federal EITC but failed to take the Illinois EIC even though they automatically qualified. […]

Greene County Courthouse Has Drive Up Ballot Dropbox

By Benjamin Cox on October 23, 2020 at 1:22pm

Greene County voters now have a drop off location for mail-in ballots. A drive-by ballot box has been installed for voters who wish to vote by mail and choose not to use the United States Postal Service. The ballot drop box is located on the west side of the Greene County Courthouse in the parking […]