South Jacksonville Ambulance Service to Cease Operation August 1st

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 3, 2020 at 9:11am

The Village of South Jacksonville will need to fully rely on one emergency service from outside sources starting on august 1st. The Village of South Jacksonville chose to defund the village ambulance service by a vote of 4 to 1 at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Action items to both fully and partially fund the […]

IC, LLCC Announce Fall Instruction Plans

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 7:23am

Two area colleges have announced their plans for instruction in the Fall. Lincoln Land Community College says that four formats will be offered at their campuses. LLCC representatives say the formats are designed to give student options for their preferred learning environment while keeping safety in mind. They will be offering the traditional face-to-face classes, […]

City of Winchester Pool Closes In On Phase 2

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:31am

The City of Winchester has nearly completed the first phase of its pool renovation. Greg Hillis, of Benton & Associates said that electrical work by Scott Brothers Electric and piping and plumbing for the filter house by Doyle Plumbing & Heating were nearly 90% complete. Hillis told the Winchester City Council that approximately $27,600 worth […]

IL Sheriffs Association Scholarship Winners

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:22am

Several area high school seniors have received scholarships for the upcoming academic year from their local sheriff’s departments. The Illinois Sheriffs Association established a scholarship program for county sheriff’s departments in 1979. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications through an application and essay. […]

Crimestoppers Pursuing Tips Into Suspicious Fires in Jacksonville, Tips Down in 2Q

By Benjamin Cox on July 3, 2020 at 5:17am

Crimestoppers is still pursuing information on suspicious fires around the Jacksonville area in recent weeks. Firefighters were summoned twice last weekend to the former JDC grounds on South Main. At 6a.m. on June 24: two dumpsters fires were reported. Then on June 25 just before 11p.m.: wood pallets were set ablaze. Firefighters have also responded […]

Clay County Court Rules Against Pritzker Executive Orders

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2020 at 5:16pm

Clay County Judge Michael McHaney has declared Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Orders void after the first order was issued back in March, and his executive power lapsed on April 8th. In a summary judgement, McHaney says that any executive orders that took effect after April 8th relating to COVID-19 are void citing Section 7 under […]

New Berlin To Rally Tonight In Support of Teachers, Kindred Reinstatement

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2020 at 4:50pm

New Berlin parents are expected to gather outside of New Berlin High School to show support of the district’s teacher and voice their displeasure in the district’s school board. More than a dozen parents, current teachers, and current and former students attended the special school board meeting last Thursday via teleconference to make public comment […]

Scott County Announces First COVID-19 Case, Morgan Adds 2 More

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 2, 2020 at 4:35pm

The Scott County Heath Department received confirmation today of their first case of COVID-19. Via a post on the Scott County Health Department Facebook page, officials report that the patient is a 66 year old female who is recovering at home. Scott County Health Officials are asking all residents of Scott County to continue to […]

Roodhouse Man Charged with Murder in Death of 23 Month Old

By Jeremy Coumbes on July 2, 2020 at 2:38pm

A Roodhouse man is facing first degree murder charges in the death of child. 27 year old Allan R. Castleberry Jr, of Roodhouse has been charged with first degree murder following the death of a 23 month old child in Carlinville in February. The charges were filed yesterday in Macoupin County by State’s Attorney Jennifer […]

June 2020 Weather Story

By Gary Scott on July 2, 2020 at 12:30pm

June wasn’t wet as you might have thought.        Total rainfall for June was 2 and 17 hundredths inches. That total does not include the numbers for the final day of last month, which will be included in the July totals.      Two and 17 hundredths is well below the norm for June. The […]