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Restraining order issued against city of Rusk regarding recall petition | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2018
RUSK – A Tyler judge overseeing a legal petition by two Rusk city council members to halt the submission of a citizen petition calling for their removal has issued a temporary restraining order against the City of Rusk.
‘Barbie’ doll Christmas | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2018
Rusk residents look forward to the Christmas holiday each year, when a new miniature world of Barbie dolls is unveiled at in the display window of Chapman Pharmacy courtesy of resident Cristin Parker. This marks her 11th year to create…
Education: Jacksonville College hosts December Graduate Luncheon | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2018
On Monday, Dec. 3, at the Norman Library, Jacksonville College held a December Graduate Luncheon in honor of the prospective 2018 December graduates and their guests. Prospective graduates included Jeremy Bush, Felipe Charry, Liana Goad, Inchantra Kendrick, Clinton Kerr, Saraza…
Babies born at UT Health East Texas receive special Christmas stocking | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2018
TYLER - Christmas stockings are being stuffed with the most precious gift of all this season – bundles of baby joy.
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2018
RUSK – With the exception of agenda items pertaining to Judgement NISI revenue and the License & Weight Department, the Cherokee County Commissioners Court approved all items on its Dec. 10 meeting agenda.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2018
ROODHOUSE — Some Christmas cheer came down the rails to Roodhouse Tuesday as the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express rolled into town. This will be the 18th year the train has been in operation. At each stop, the train gives out gift cards to the local Salvation Army. “The gift cards are desi...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
BEARDSTOWN — A City Council proposal to give approval power for fire and police chief appointments to a city commission will go to committee before being discussed further. Following the dismissal of former Chief Shane Hunt and the subsequent appointment of two replacement chiefs after one resign...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Democrats in the General Assembly, flush with super-majorities in both chambers and a friend in the governor’s mansion, will take a different approach to foster investment and job growth. Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has said he plans to build the state’s economy by revitalizing small business grow...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four Native American tribes that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a spill would not greatly impact tribal populations. The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tri...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. He walks on brightly lit streets lined with Jamaican jerk joints, mini-markets and gas stations. He listens to music with one earbud, to h...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
VIRGINIA — A 19-year-old Virginia man died in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Illinois Route 125 west of Virginia. According to Illinois State Police, the man was going west near South Brockhouse Lane about 3:20 p.m. when his car crossed the center line and collided head on with a semi-trailer truc...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Area residents were lined up around the block to visit the Kansas city Southern Holiday Express Tuesday when it visited Roodhouse.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Two motions to reduce the tax levy rate percentage were voted down during Monday’s city council meeting. During the second reading of an ordinance to levy taxes for 2018, Alderman Tony Williams wished to clarify that the council is not raising taxes by approving the 3.5 percent tax levy rate. Ald...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
The Women’s Health Center at Passavant Area Hospital is offering specialty care under its new management from SIU Medicine, which took over management in August. Services will continue to be provided by staff at the center, but now will include specialty obstetrics and gynecology care at 610 N. W...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Morgan County Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Nicholas L.A. Johnson, 20, of 702 S. Church St. was booked into the Morgan County jail at 10:20 p.m. Saturday on charges of domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon. • Fabiola K. Hernandez, 22, of 533 Stratford Lane was booked into ...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications through Jan. 11 for the second lottery for 2019 Illinois spring wild turkey season permits. The first lottery period ended Dec. 1. The lottery process allows hunters to submit an application for a permit to hunt during turkey ...
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
Cindy Feltes of Jacksonville submitted this photo of waterfowl enjoying a colorful end to the day in waters in Jersey County. The photo was taken by her grandson, CJ Kiel.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2018
The annual Toys for Tots campaign is wrapping up this week as members of West Central Illinois Leathernecks Detachment 1177 of the Marine Corps League prepare to distribute the presents they’ve collected. Parents will pick up the toys this weekend to give to their children on Christmas. Tim Ritz...
Rusk: Petition to remove 2 councilmen gains steam | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2018
RUSK – The certification Monday morning of a petition seeking the removal of two local city councilmen may have their legal team scrambling for its next move.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
BARRY — A search Sunday at a Barry residence resulted in the arrest of two people. Pike County sheriff’s deputies served the warrant at 10:43 a.m. Sunday at a house in the 700 block of Williams Street. Following an investigation, Thomas J. Wallace, 35, of Barry was arrested on a Pike County wa...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
Seven organizations, universities or cities have been honored by the Illinois Department of Human Rights and City Colleges of Chicago for their work in promoting equality and human rights. The 2018 Human Rights Day Award was presented to the city of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University-Carbonda...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
James Martin Barnes is remembered as a consummate politician — a gregarious, intelligent man who never forgot his constituents. “He was a very warm and outgoing person,” the late Frank B. Norbury said in a 2000 interview. Norbury was a nephew of Barnes, who served as U.S. representative for t...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
CARBONDALE — Each year soybean farmers across the country contribute a small, but significant, 0.005 of a percent of their crop sales to soybean research, development and promotion. It’s the industry’s way of thinking long-term, searching for stronger, more useful plants, new products, and ne...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
Today (Monday) • Fitzjarrald, Phillip R. “Phil.” 10 a.m. today at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Interment with military rites will follow at Camden West Cemetery. • Gilman, Carl David. A Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. today at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon. Graveside mili...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
For 10 years, the SilverSneakers program at Fitness World has provided a way for seniors with health insurance to stay fit and healthy without cost. The SilverSneakers program is a nationwide program designed to work with health insurance companies to provide gym membership access to seniors or tho...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
A Jacksonville woman was one of the top three winners in a statewide writing competition through the Secretary of State’s Office. Laura Bandy, an English professor at Spoon River College in Macomb, was named the third-place winner in the 14th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition for her p...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicide of a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid suspension of at least four correctional officers. The state’s public access counselor in the Democratic attorney general...
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
Illinois State Police are cautioning motorists that Illinois Route 125 west of Virginia near Brockhouse Road is closed because of a crash investigation. All traffic is being diverted around Virginia on county highways. It is not known when normal traffic will be restored.
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2018
The Jacksonville City Council will consider a contract and other details related to a new meter infrastructure project during the regular council meeting at 6 tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 11) at City Hall.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2018
The American Red Cross has served more than 1,000 meals and assisted 172 families from the Dec. 1 storms in Illinois, but says volunteer help is still needed. Since the storm hit, the Multi-Agency Resource Center has assisted in helping those who have been left without a home. Red Cross assistanc...
Jingle, mingle and Shop Local | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 09, 2018
A Dec. 13 “Jingle & Mingle” event in downtown Jacksonville will give visitors the perfect opportunity to Shop Local in a fun way.
Jacksonville Progress | December 09, 2018
JACKSONVILLE – Less than four percent of eligible blood donors, are giving blood. Yet, many of the blood donors with Carter BloodCare make their next appointment before leaving their current donation. During a time of year when blood donation can…
Jacksonville Progress | December 09, 2018
RUSK – The Cherokee County Commissioners Court will vote Monday on whether to accept salvage concrete from Randy Chandler Construction for Precinct 3, according to a meeting agenda.
Jacksonville Progress | December 09, 2018
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently met approving the 2019 Officers. Tom Trimble, Oncor will be the Chairman of the Board, Patty Rivers, Southside Bank will be Chairwoman Elect of the Board and Andy Calcote, Texas Farm…
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD — Meredosia’s police chief is on leave after his arrest Saturday on assault charges. According to a Pike County Sheriff’s Department report, Curtis W. Williams of rural Chambersburg was arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault. The arrest was the result on an...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session no later than 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 200 W. Douglas Ave. The meeting will begin after a 6 p.m. workshop. Among the items on the agenda are:Reappointment of Ed Killam to the Historic Preservation Commission and Tre...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Habso Mohamud was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. While living in the camp, Mohamud traveled with her grandmother to traditional villages and places where nomads lived. Her grandmother wanted her and her siblings to see “the other side of the world.” Because to Moham...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
Today (Sunday) • Gillis, Bradley. Memorial service 1 p.m. today at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Monday • Fitzjarrald, Phillip R. “Phil.” 10 a.m. Monday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Interment with military rites will follow at Camden West Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 p.m...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
Police business was front and center at the recent Bluffs village board meeting, during which two part-time police officers were hired. The two people hired were Matthew Watson of Beardstown, who also works for the Mount Sterling police department, and Nathan White, who also works for an ambulance ...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
A member of the Legislative Ethics Commission said the panel is getting closer to selecting an inspector general to handle ethics complaints against lawmakers, but the post won’t be filled this year. Lawmakers appointed Julie Porter as the temporary inspector general in late 2017 after it was rev...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
Even with thousands of cities to visit across the globe and millions of good little boys and girls to listen to, Santa Claus makes his way to central Illinois each year to say hello. On Saturday his trip began at the American Legion in Chapin where the Chapin Volunteer Fire Department was hosting i...
Journal Courier | December 09, 2018
A group of children and parents color while enjoying treats at the Journal-Courier Winter Wonderland taking place Saturday with its Craft Show and Flea Market at Lincoln Square Shopping Center.
Rusk police investigate school's Ag Shop theft | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 08, 2018
RUSK – Local police are investigating a burglary at the Rusk High School Ag Shop, with items believed to be taken from the facility early Thursday morning.
Jacksonville, JISD police investigate shots fired on College Avenue | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 08, 2018
Jacksonville ISD's Central Office and West Side Elementary were put in a brief lockdown mode this morning. A passenger in a car shot several rounds in the air while passing the Central Office at 800 College Avenue. As West Side…
Update: Passenger taken to hospital; driver faced with four charges | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | December 08, 2018
UPDATE: The female passenger was transported to a local hospital after the wreck.
Jacksonville Progress | December 08, 2018
According to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, a flash flood watch is in effect through late Saturday afternoon for Cherokee and area counties, including Smith, Gregg, Rusk, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina and San Augustine.
Journal Courier | December 08, 2018
A pair of feet in colorful boots walks through a puddle, casting circles from a December rain.
Journal Courier | December 08, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking drivers for feedback on the state’s transportation system. The survey asks about road condition, ice and snow removal, commuting and safety habits. “We look forward to the public’s input each year as an opportunity to improve and grow our t...
Journal Courier | December 08, 2018
DECATUR (AP) — David Kent Coy likes to study history — his own history. His love of family research comes from — where else? — his family. The 65-year-old Decatur man began keeping genealogical records 50 years ago. “I started writing it down when I was 15,” he said. “Before that I w...
Journal Courier | December 08, 2018
Illinois boasts a hair-raising history rife with spine-tingling stories — and that’s just with politics. Otherwise, the state’s heritage brims with tall tales of mythic beasts, spooky legends and ghost stories. A few of the favorites: Old Book: In the earliest years of the 20th century, Peor...