JPD Respond to Shots Fired Incident Monday Night

By Jeremy Coumbes on October 19, 2021 at 8:41am

Jacksonville Police responded to a call of shots fired last night. Police responded to the 600 block of South Prairie Street at approximately 8:30 pm after a complainant advised they had heard approximately 5 to 6 gunshots in the area. Upon investigation, officers discovered a residence in the area with bullet holes on the exterior. […]

Local Health Departments Report Declining COVID Numbers, 2 Additional Deaths

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 6:07pm

COVID-19 cases appear to be slowing down in the area. The Morgan County Health Department reported 22 new cases over the weekend. It brings Morgan County’s active case count to 76, with 7 of the new cases hospitalized. Morgan County Health officials also received the confirmation of another death in the county, a male in […]

Raoul Files Amicus Brief In Support of Transgender Student Athletes

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 6:04pm

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has filed a brief in support of transgender athletes. Raoul, as part of a coalition of 20 attorneys general, today filed an amicus brief opposing efforts to bar transgender students from participating in gender-segregated school sports. Raoul says that transgender athletes have the right to participate in school activities, including sports, […]

Fourth Agreement Reached with State Unions on COVID Vaccine Mandate

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 6:02pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced today that his office has reached a fourth agreement with another one of the state’s union on mandating COVID-19 vaccines. The agreement is with multiple Illinois state trade unions working in congregate settings. Pritzker’s Office says that negotiations with AFSCME representatives remain ongoing. The agreement covers approximately 470 employees at facilities […]

Brown & Pike Sheriff’s Dept. Assist With Location, Identification & Arrest of Quincy Burglary Suspect

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 5:59pm

The Pike and Brown County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a three-county manhunt on Friday to arrest a suspect in reported vehicle burglaries. Quincy’s WGEM reports that Quincy Police began receiving reports on Friday evening of vehicles being burglarized in the southwest part of Quincy. Officers were able to find surveillance footage that helped them find […]

Sinclair Broadcasting Hit By Ransomware, WCIA, KHQA Disrupted

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 5:51pm

Sinclair Broadcasting was hit by a ransomware attack that has caused some problems for local TV stations. The Associated Press reports that Sinclair had some of its servers and work stations encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from its network. The company said it started investigating Saturday and on Sunday it found that […]

Jacksonville Center for the Arts group Names New Director

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 5:46pm

The Jacksonville Center For the Arts has announced they have selected a new Director. Gene Fergurson was selected at the group’s September 30th business meeting. JCA President Larry Kuster noted Fergurson’s years as a public school administrator and work in the public education sector that will bring valuable skills to the group. Kuster went on […]

FEMA Updates Flood Risk Ratings for Flood Insurance

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 2:41pm

The Pike-Scott Farm Bureau wants farmers and homeowners in the area to check with their home insurance provider because flood insurance calculations have changed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has updated the National Flood Insurance Program’s risk rating methodology through the implementation of a new pricing methodology called Risk Rating 2.0. No longer will rates […]

Heartland Greenway Carbon Sequestration Pipeline Project Moves Forward

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 2:29pm

A large carbon capture sequestration project is moving forward in West Central Illinois. Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC announced on Thursday that as a result of commitments received during its binding open season, it has obtained the necessary board approvals to proceed with its proposed carbon capture pipeline system, the Heartland Greenway. According to the company […]

Beardstown Church Loses Pastor

By Benjamin Cox on October 18, 2021 at 2:16pm

A Beardstown Church lost its pastor last week. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown’s Reverend Brian Homann died on Thursday at his residence. He was 30 years old. The reverend gave his final sermon on Sunday, October 10th. Homann was just installed as the new minister at the church in July. A cause of death […]