Freeman Seed Co. Has Solar Farm Installed Outside Murrayville

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 5:54am

A Morgan County seed company is diversifying their money portfolio with a special land lease. Freeman Seed Company of Murrayville has placed a 13-acre solar farm northeast of Murrayville along IL Route 267. Jon Freeman said it was a way to make some of their property more productive: “The money was good on [the lease], […]

National Coin Shortage Effecting Money Orders By Local Banks

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 5:46am

The United States is currently experiencing another crisis due to COVID-19 – a coin shortage. Low-denomination coins like pennies and nickels are in high demand at grocery stores, banks, laundromats, and retail stores around the country. This sudden surge in demand for coins has resulted in low penny inventories at some commercial banks, financial institutions, […]

New PSA From Secretary of State Asks For New Organ & Tissue Donor Sign-ups

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 5:39am

Secretary of State Jesse White has put out his annual call for new members to the state’s organ and tissue donor program. A new public service announcement features the life of Tanisha Basham who received a donor heart from her best friend’s daughter Nikki Smith, after Smith unexpectedly died. Smith’s mother Vicki Walker made the […]

Gill/Maul Financial Exploitation Cases Severed, Status Called For September

By Benjamin Cox on July 10, 2020 at 5:31am

Two Jacksonville women will have their cases tried separately in Morgan County Court. Circuit Judge John M Madonia granted Defense Attorney Tom Piper’s motion to sever 64 year old Joyce Gill’s case from her daugther’s case, 39 year old Jewell Maul in court via teleconference yesterday. The women are accused of taking over $39,000 from […]

Last Person In Group to Plead Guilty to Home Invasion Spree from 2019

By Benjamin Cox on July 9, 2020 at 5:54am

A Jacksonville man faces between 26 and 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty last week in a string of home invasions in Pike, Scott & Adams counties. 29 year old Edwin L Powell plead guilty to 3 counts of home invasion, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by […]

Future Champions Sports Complex In Full Swing

By Benjamin Cox on July 8, 2020 at 4:05pm

The new owners of Jacksonville’s all weather turf baseball fields are back in full swing. Future Champions Sports complex on the northwest end of Jacksonville has begun hosting baseball and softball tournaments again as Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan authored by the Pritzker Administration. Kristin Van Aken-Jamison, one of the […]

LLCC To Offer Contact Tracer Certification Course

By Benjamin Cox on July 8, 2020 at 11:59am

Lincoln Land Community College is working to help meet the demand for contact tracers in the state. Lincoln Land Community College’s Capital City Training Center in partnership with CareerStep is offering an online training course on contact tracing and infection control in Springfield. The course covers all CDC-recommended training elements required to successfully identify patients […]

MacMurray Explains PPP Loan Application

By Benjamin Cox on July 8, 2020 at 11:52am

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released Monday the names of all organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans of $150,000 or more. The SBA and Treasury also published data for recipients of PPP loans less than $150,000 but did not reveal the names and addresses of those businesses. The data […]

Driver License and Sticker Renewal Expiration Date Extended Additional Month

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 8, 2020 at 11:10am

Those wanting to avoid waiting outside in the heat to renew their license now have a little more time to procrastinate. Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White announced today, expired drivers licenses, I.D. cards and license plate sticker expiration’s have been extended another month, and will now be due to expire on November 1st of […]

ALPLM Reopens in Phase 4 with Special 15th Anniversary Exhibit

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 8, 2020 at 10:26am

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened their doors to visitors again this past Wednesday, with a new feature celebrating the facility’s anniversary. Communications Director for the library and museum, Chris Willis says that both the anniversary and the reopening to the public are a big deal to the staff. “We think just reopening […]