COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise Across Region

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 5:53pm

The Morgan County Health Department has confirmed 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 today. The cases include a female in her 20s who is hospitalized, a female in her 20s who is isolated at home, a male in his 30s who is recovered, and a female in her 20s who is recovered. The two new […]

Beardstown Man Has 4 Additional Charges Added In Child Porn Investigation

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 5:33pm

A Beardstown man has had additional charges filed against him in Cass County Court that could possibly send him to prison for up to 30 years. 22 year old Dalton M Gallaher was pronounced fit to stand trial after a mental fitness evaluation report was submitted to Cass County Court by Dr. Terry Killian on […]

IL GOP Seeking to Oust Justice Thomas Kilbride In General Election

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 3:27pm

The Illinois Republican Party is working to oust an Illinois Supreme Court justice. During the most recent State Central Committee meeting, the ILGOP voted unanimously to formally recommend a vote of non-retention for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride of the 3rd Judicial District. Justice Kilbride is up for retention on the November 2020 ballot […]

JFD Official Says Handlebar Fire Could Have Been Much Worse

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 4, 2020 at 2:57pm

Jacksonville Fire Department officials say the owners of a downtown eatery had some luck on their side despite the department responding to the place of business twice in a matter of hours. Jacksonville Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Handlebar Bar and Grill on South Main Street yesterday morning. The responding officer found […]

Thomson International Has 2-Country Wide Onion Recall Due to Salmonella

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 12:26pm

Thomson International, Incorporated is recalling all of its onions from all 50 states due to a salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has sickened 510 people across the United States and Canada, including 10 in Illinois. 59 people have been hospitalized from the outbreak, with the first illness being reported on July 12th according to the Food […]

SIU Medicine Seeking Farmers To Fill Out Survey for Farm Family Resource Initiative Program

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 12:08pm

Farmers and their families have the opportunity to complete a survey aimed to improve a wide range of services that will be available to them from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Farm Family Resource Initiative program in the coming months. State Senator Andy Manar who chairs the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, says he worked […]

Gas Prices Holding Steady Across The Country

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 12:00pm

Gas price increases have stalled over the last two weeks despite demand somewhat increasing over the previous week. The national gas price mostly held steady, dropping a penny from last week to $2.17. State averages either decreased by nearly a nickel or only increased by two cents. Gas prices are trending cheaper despite an increase […]

Hampton Starts MJM PAC To Promote Ethical Candidates in State Politics

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 9:45am

A Pleasant Plains native whose sexual harassment lawsuit rocked the inner circle of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and highlighted the mistreatment of women at the State Capitol has created a political action committee with the goal of cleaning up the state’s politics. Political consultant Alaina Hampton, who last year settled her sexual harassment lawsuit […]

July Weather Story

By Gary Scott on August 4, 2020 at 9:37am

The Jacksonville area was left a big soggy from the July rainfall.      The total precipitation for July was 5 and 85 hundredths inches. That’s 2 and 2 tenths inches more than normal.      There was some precipitation on 17 of the 31 days last month. There was 1 or more inches of rain on […]

City of Jacksonville Approves I3 Broadband Project

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 9:19am

The Jacksonville City Council has approved a measure to bring fiber Internet options to the door in the city. In a 8-1 vote with 1 member voting ‘present’ on the issue, the city agreed to a memorandum of understanding with I3 that will cost the city $2.5 million. I3 will use the city’s money to […]