Property Tax Bills Mailed Out Friday in Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:30pm

Property tax bills for Morgan County are going out this week. Morgan County Treasurer Crystal Myers says that everything this year is pretty much the same as it has been the last two years: “The tax bills are going to be mailed out this Friday, June 9th. The first installment will be due July 10th […]

Chandlerville Farmer Indicted on Federal Bank & Bankruptcy Fraud Charges

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:25pm

A Chandlerville man has been indicted by federal authorities on bank and bankruptcy fraud. 40-year old Travis Murphy of Chandlerville has been charged with 4 counts of bank fraud alleging over $8.4 million in fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud. The indictment alleges that Murphy, through the business Murphy Farms, devised a scheme to […]

Rural Two-Story Turn of the Century Waverly Home Burns in Massive Fire

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:23pm

A large two-story home in rural Waverly burned to the ground in a massive firefight involving multiple departments on Sunday afternoon. Initial calls of a garage fire at 3159 State Highway 104, about 2.5 miles northwest of Waverly came in just after 12:15 Sunday afternoon. Waverly Fire Chief Jason Shumaker says that because the fire […]

LaHood Introduces Bipartisan Manufacturing, Farming Bonds Modernization Bill

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:07pm

An Illinois Congressman has announced bipartisan legislation to help small manufacturers and family farmers get financing. 16th District Congressman Darin LaHood announced the Modernizing Manufacturing and Agricultural Bonds Act yesterday. The bill is expected to raise the maximum manufacturing bond size from $10 million to $30 million, updating the threshold for inflation and economic changes. […]

Budzinski Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Preserve Rural Star Energy Savings Program in 2023 Farm Bill

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:06pm

13th District Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski has joined House Democrats to reauthorize an energy savings program for rural communities. Budzinski along with South Carolina Democrat Jim Clyburn ntroduced the Rural Energy Savings Act of 2023 to reauthorize the Rural Energy Savings Program in the 2023 Farm Bill. First included in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Rural […]

Jacksonville Man Is Heading to Prison For December Shooting That Injured A Woman

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 6:04pm

A Jacksonville man is headed to prison after shooting a woman during a domestic disturbance back in December. 35-year old Antonio K. King of the 300 block of West Dunlap Street pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in Morgan County Court yesterday afternoon. King was arrested by Jacksonville Police at […]

Menard Co. Sheriff’s Office Investigating Multiple Car Burglaries at Lake Petersburg

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 7:54am

The Menard County Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple vehicle burglaries. Deputies have taken multiple theft reports from motor vehicles at Lake Petersburg, according to a Facebook post on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page yesterday. The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone in the area who has security cameras or video doorbells to review their system footage […]

Virden Man Sentenced to Decade in Prison on Meth Charges

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 7:52am

A Virden man will be serving a decade in prison on drug charges. The Alton Telegraph reports that 53-year old Mark E. Garst as sentenced Tuesday by Macoupin County Judge¬†Joshua A. Meyer to 10 years in prison for Class 1 felony methamphetamine possession and Class 2 felony methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver. Garst was […]

Beardstown Man Sentenced to Prison On Charges From March Drug Bust

By Benjamin Cox on June 7, 2023 at 4:43am

A Beardstown man is headed to prison on charges stemming from a drug bust in March. 43-year old Matthew M. Schreieck of Beardstown pleaded guilty to Class X felony Methamphetamine Delivery between 15-100 grams in Cass County Court yesterday. The charges stem from a drug bust by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department on March 23rd […]

Credit/Debit Card Skimmer Reported Found on Ashland Gas Station Pump

By Jeremy Coumbes on June 6, 2023 at 4:27pm

A Village in Cass County is alerting area residents that their banking information could have been compromised recently. According to an announcement by the Village of Ashland on the municipal social media, authorities have reportedly been informed that a card skimmer was found on one of the gas pumps at the Casey’s General Store in […]