Roodhouse Public Library Gets New Director

By Benjamin Cox on September 17, 2022 at 5:23am

The Roodhouse Public Library has a new director. Tracy Wells was hired at the beginning of the month to take over the position. Long-time director Becky Clemons retired at the end of last month after several years. The Library Board had been looking for a new director since June. According to the Greene Prairie Press, […]

Youth Football Coach Charged with Theft of Funds from Team Account, Defrauding Local Family

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 16, 2022 at 5:32pm

A Pike County youth football coach was arrested on theft charges this week. According to a press release this afternoon from the Pittsfield Police Department, on Tuesday officers arrested 25-year-old Matthew J. Robinson of Pittsfield. According to the report, the arrest is the result of an investigation into suspicious purchases made from a checking account […]

Griggsville Man Arrested for String of Fires at Pike County Livestock Business

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 16, 2022 at 3:23pm

A Pike County man is being held on charges related to a string of recent arson indents. According to a press release by Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood this afternoon, his office along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal executed a court-authorized search warrant yesterday at a residence located in the 700 block […]

JPD Aims for Full Body Camera Usage by January 1 Thanks to Grant Funding

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 16, 2022 at 9:56am

The Jacksonville Police Department is moving farther ahead of schedule when it comes to complying with new body camera requirements. The Jacksonville City Council approved a request by Chief Adam Mefford to allow him to purchase the previously approved cameras Monday night. The cameras had been approved but were not anticipated to be purchased until […]

LLCC, Cass County Officials Look For Ways to Boost Enrollment at Beardstown LLCC Campus

By Benjamin Cox on September 16, 2022 at 7:48am

Stakeholders in Lincoln Land Community College in Cass County are coming together to explore ways to boost enrollment at the satellite campus in Beardstown. According to the Cass County Star-Gazette, Cass County Board Chairman Michael Barnett recently met with Lincoln Land President Dr. Charlotte Warren and several other LLCC officials to discuss the center’s declining […]

Murphys Honored With M.A.D.D. Legacy Award

By Benjamin Cox on September 16, 2022 at 6:08am

The Illinois chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving held its 13th annual Law Enforcement Recognition Dinner in Springfield this past Saturday. The MADD Hero Awards are presented to officers, prosecutors, and community partners across the state for excellence in their field. This event is made possible, in part, through a partnership with the Illinois Department […]

Bluffs Seeking OSLAD Grant to Renovate Lewis Park

By Benjamin Cox on September 16, 2022 at 5:58am

The Village of Bluffs is seeking a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to update one of its most used parks. Bluffs is applying for a $600,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant through IDNR to update Lewis Park at the center of the village. The grants are given to communities to […]

Municipalities Receive Final Traunch of ARPA Funds from the State

By Benjamin Cox on September 16, 2022 at 5:47am

More than 1,200 municipalities received notification from the state on Wednesday that they will receive a portion of $371 million as part of the second round of funding through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Jacksonville received their second traunch of $1.265 million. A full list of each municipality and their amounts can be found […]

Speeks Turns Down Winchester, Search Still On For New Winchester Police Chief

By Benjamin Cox on September 16, 2022 at 5:43am

The City of Winchester is still without a police chief. The Winchester City Council voted to extend an offer for the full time position to former Roodhouse Police Chief and current Secretary of State Police Officer Steve Speeks at their September monthly meeting. Via text message over the weekend, Mayor Rex McIntire informed WLDS News […]

LLCC Seeks Literacy Volunteers

By Jeremy Coumbes on September 15, 2022 at 3:00pm

Lincoln Land Community College is seeking volunteers to assist adults in improving their reading, math, writing, and/or English language skills. The community college is recognizing Adult Education and Family Literacy Week next week and officials with the school say it’s an important time to talk about the need and value of literacy volunteers. An estimated […]