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Former governor Rick  Perry to serve as pallbearer for Bentley | Jacksonville Progress Former governor Rick Perry to serve as pallbearer for Bentley
Memorial services for Judge Bascom Bentley III, who died Monday from complications following a heart attack Saturday afternoon, will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m., at the First Christian Church of Palestine.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Commissioners pray for former judge, announce new CCHD director | Jacksonville Progress Commissioners pray for former judge, announce new CCHD director
Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis opened the commissioners' court meeting Monday with a brief prayer in which he asked for safety and healing for retired judge Bascom Bentley, who faced a medical emergency this past weekend. Bentley died Monday afternoon.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Clardy responds to local party’s censure vote | Jacksonville Progress Clardy responds to local party’s censure vote
A recent move by Cherokee County Republican Party officials to censure District 11 Rep. Travis Clardy “was neither justified nor relevant to my service as the State Representative of House District 11,” he said.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Gifts of love: Local motorcyclists support Children’s Christmas Tree program with Toy Ride | Jacksonville Progress Gifts of love: Local motorcyclists support Children’s Christmas Tree program with Toy Ride
Christmas will be a little bit brighter this year for a number of area children, thanks to the efforts of local motorcyclists and a two-week toy drive effort.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
State youth lockups under fire | Jacksonville Progress State youth lockups under fire
AUSTIN — Outraged by reports of abuses in Texas’ secure facilities for young offenders, lawmakers in a Senate finance committee called for top-to-bottom reform, and they’re not the only ones.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center enters new dimension in mammography care | Jacksonville Progress CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center enters new dimension in mammography care
TYLER – The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center is now the first health care organization in Northeast Texas offering patients the Hologic® 3D Mammography System and the Genius® 3D Mammography Exam, giving providers the ability to detect up…
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Former judge Bascom Bentley dies at 66 | Jacksonville Progress Former judge Bascom Bentley dies at 66
Retired Palestine Judge Bascom Bentley died Monday afternoon after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. He was 66 and lived in Palestine.
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Alison Dotson seeks district clerk’s spot | Jacksonville Progress Alison Dotson seeks district clerk’s spot
Alison Parrott Dotson, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, has announced her intentions to seek election as District Clerk of Cherokee County. She will be on the Republican Primary Ballot. Dotson has been an employee of Cherokee County for more…
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Jacksonville City Council slated to meet | Jacksonville Progress Jacksonville City Council slated to meet
The Jacksonville City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 12, at city hall. There are several items on the agenda:
Jacksonville Progress | December 13, 2017
Casey’s cites age, flexibility in closing 2 stores | Journal Courier Casey’s cites age, flexibility in closing 2 stores
Two of Jacksonville’s four Casey’s General Stores will close by month’s end. The stores at 733 E. College Ave. and 1312 S. Main St. will close Dec. 31 to increase the efficiency of the remaining Jacksonville stores. Jason Pistillo, vice president of accounting and Casey’s treasurer, said the stores that will remain are more modern […] The post Casey’s cites age, flexibility in closing 2 stores appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Commentary: Sailor lives to tell of his death | Journal Courier Commentary: Sailor lives to tell of his death
A remarkable fellow, Columbus Darwin Smith, a native of Atlanta, went to sea at age 18 and, two years later, was given command of the small 400-ton, two-master Heron operating throughout the West Indies. In 1917, when America became engaged in World War I, Darwin Smith was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. As […] The post Commentary: Sailor lives to tell of his death appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Reader photo: The eagle has landed | Journal Courier Reader photo: The eagle has landed
An eagle was spotted hanging out in rural Macoupin County. An eagle was spotted hanging out in rural Macoupin County. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_backpage-eagle1213.jpgAn eagle was spotted hanging out in rural Macoupin County. The post Reader photo: The eagle has landed appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Editorial: Computer scams growing sneakier, more of a threat | Journal Courier Editorial: Computer scams growing sneakier, more of a threat
It’s pretty unlikely that people would open their doors and invite strangers into their homes just to look around. That’s what is happening hundreds of times a day across the nation, though. According to a new report by the Better Business Bureau, remote-support schemes are becoming the biggest scam around. Chances are you will be […] The post Editorial: Computer scams growing sneakier, more of a threat appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Longtime advocate for disabled retiring from JACIL | Journal Courier Longtime advocate for disabled retiring from JACIL
The Jacksonville Center for Independent Living may be losing one of its most tenured staff this month but it won’t be losing his dedication and volunteerism. JACIL Associate Director Larry Whewell will step down from his position on Dec. 22 but, as a longtime advocate for individuals with disabilities and as a person dedicated to […] The post Longtime advocate for disabled retiring from JACIL appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Commentary: Medicare and drugs: good, bad news | Journal Courier Commentary: Medicare and drugs: good, bad news
One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to Medicare beneficiaries has been the gradual closing of a big and costly gap called the “doughnut hole” in the prescription drug (Medicare Part D) program. By the end of 2020 — if the ACA is not repealed or substantially altered by Congress — the doughnut […] The post Commentary: Medicare and drugs: good, bad news appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Dot Foods expands space with workers in mind | Journal Courier Dot Foods expands space with workers in mind
MOUNT STERLING — Rapid growth at one of the region’s largest employers left a Mount Sterling company’s employee break room bursting at the seams. That was nine months and almost $3 million ago. A new Dot Foods break room opened Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and showcased major improvements. What once was too tiny for […] The post Dot Foods expands space with workers in mind appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
City lowers tax levy, rejects call to go deeper | Journal Courier City lowers tax levy, rejects call to go deeper
The Jacksonville City Council has approved a 2.5 percent tax levy expected to generate about $6.2 million to fund city services in 2018. The rate is a reduction from the 3 percent, but still not low enough for at least one alderman. Alderman Steve Warmowski moved to amend the ordinance to include a 2.1 percent […] The post City lowers tax levy, rejects call to go deeper appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Local results for Tuesday, December 12 | Journal Courier Local results for Tuesday, December 12
BASKETBALL Boys Triopia 63 Beardstown 57 Triopia$19$18$10$16$—$63 B’town$7$13$15$22$—$57 Scoring: Triopia — Milby 5 0 0-1 10, S Bell 0 1 3-6 6, Thompson 5 0 7-14 17, Snow 1 1 2-2 7, Schmitz 3 1 2-2 11, Allen 1 0 6-8 10, G Bell 0 0 2-2 2, Totals 16 3 2235 63; Beardstown — […] The post Local results for Tuesday, December 12 appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Routt shocks North Greene | Journal Courier Routt shocks North Greene
WHITE HALL — Routt’s Hunter Chumley hit a three-point shot from the corner with 0.5 seconds left as the Rockets stunned North Greene 54-51 in a boys’ basketball game Tuesday night. The loss was North Greene’s second straight to a Western Illinois Valley Conference team. The Spartans, one of the favorites to win the league […] The post Routt shocks North Greene appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
Chocolate peppermint cookies a holiday treat | Journal Courier Chocolate peppermint cookies a holiday treat
If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies. Your friends and family will, too. But you’ll have to plan ahead because the batter is so soft it needs to chill overnight before scooping. The main ingredient here is 1½ pounds of chocolate, which guarantees […] The post Chocolate peppermint cookies a holiday treat appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 13, 2017
OSHA looking into JBS ammonia spill | Journal Courier OSHA looking into JBS ammonia spill
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an ammonia spill at JBS in Beardstown last week. The spill took place Wednesday at the meat processing plant, causing the plant to shut down from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Barry Salerno, the assistant area director for OSHA-Peoria, said details cannot be released during an open […] The post OSHA looking into JBS ammonia spill appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Local Results for Monday, December 11 | Journal Courier Local Results for Monday, December 11
BASKETBALL Girls TRIOPIA 53, CARROLLTON 50, OT Scoring: Triopia — Burrus 4 7-7 15, Reynolds 3 3-5 11, Evans 2 6-9 10, Gregory 6 0-2 14, Werries 0 1-2 1, Dawson 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 17-25 53; Carrollton — Cox 2 2-5 6, Rhoades 4 1-2 9, Krumwiede 7 4-8 18, Williams 4 0-0 […] The post Local Results for Monday, December 11 appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Rockets get past Hornets | Journal Courier Rockets get past Hornets
The Routt girls’ basketball team struggled but prevailed, beating Brown County 45-39 at the Routt Dome in Jacksonville on Monday night. The Rockets improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the Western Illinois Valley Conference, having beaten league toughies West Central, Triopia, Greenfield-Northwestern and now the Hornets, who played without Mariah Markert on Monday. Routt’s […] The post Rockets get past Hornets appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
MacMurray buildings getting a facelift | Journal Courier MacMurray buildings getting a facelift
Work is about 65 percent complete on renovation of MacMurray College’s Jane Hall dormitory, one of the major projects the college has undertaken this year. “We are renovating 14 residence hall rooms,” said Jon Jumper, director of facilities at MacMurray College. “We are gutting the bathrooms and updating the spaces and all the mechanical, electrical […] The post MacMurray buildings getting a facelift appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Commentary: Government’s role in racial disparity | Journal Courier Commentary: Government’s role in racial disparity
I grew up in Carle Place, a new suburban town on Long Island outside of New York City. Young families lived in inexpensive but well-constructed houses in quiet residential neighborhoods with good schools. When I get together with my classmates at reunions, we all agree that our little town offered a wonderful place to grow […] The post Commentary: Government’s role in racial disparity appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Carlinville man dies in house fire | Journal Courier Carlinville man dies in house fire
CARLINVILLE — A Macoupin County man died in a house fire Sunday in Carlinville. Coroner Brad Targhetta said Clarence A. Turner, 62, died in his home at 204 Chiles St. The Carlinville Fire Department responded about 7 a.m. Sunday. Turner’s body was found after the fire was put out, according to Fox 2 news. Turner […] The post Carlinville man dies in house fire appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Editorial: A fragile trade balance at risk for agriculture | Journal Courier Editorial: A fragile trade balance at risk for agriculture
Just because once-green fields are now barren doesn’t mean farms fall silent. Even those who aren’t tending to livestock have plenty of things to fill the winter hours and days. Combines and planters need repaired and readied for spring. Decisions have to be made about what crops will be planted next season. Budgets have to […] The post Editorial: A fragile trade balance at risk for agriculture appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Reader photo: Thinking of spring | Journal Courier Reader photo: Thinking of spring
Unseasonably warm temperatures the past few weeks have caused daffodils to start pushing through the soil in White Hall. Temperatures are expected to rise again this week, hitting the mid-50s by next Monday, but a blast of winter will push them down into the 30s quickly, according to weather forecasters. Unseasonably warm temperatures the past […] The post Reader photo: Thinking of spring appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Cass County Board: No action taken regarding absent member | Journal Courier Cass County Board: No action taken regarding absent member
VIRGINIA — Nothing was done regarding the long-absent commissioner at the Cass County Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Monday, nor does it appear that anything will be done in the future. During public comment, David Ballance, a Bluff Springs resident, again raised concerns regarding the absence of longtime board member Eva Lynn, who has not […] The post Cass County Board: No action taken regarding absent member appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Commentary: How to have a merry Christmas | Journal Courier Commentary: How to have a merry Christmas
Christmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people. New Year’s Eve is another difficult time. There are lots of reasons why depression and suicide rates soar during these holidays. Feeling alone, financial distress, health issues, family problems and the list can actually be long. Here are some quick tips for you. […] The post Commentary: How to have a merry Christmas appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 12, 2017
Cherokee County inmate dies | Jacksonville Progress Cherokee County inmate dies
A Cherokee County prison inmate died Sunday night, according to the sheriff's department. Sheriff James Campbell says that the inmate was taken to ETMC-Jacksonville where he was officially pronounced dead. Campbell says it looks like natural causes, but they are…
Jacksonville Progress | December 12, 2017
Illinois lottery | Journal Courier Illinois lottery
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Sunday: Lucky Day Lotto Midday 01-18-30-32-33 Pick Three-Midday 2-5-3, Fireball: 0 Pick Three-Evening 4-6-7, Fireball: 5 Pick Four-Midday 1-0-6-3, Fireball: 1 Pick Four-Evening 3-9-7-3, Fireball: 9 Lucky Day Lotto 09-15-22-31-33 Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $191 million Powerball Estimated jackpot: $229 million http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_illinoislottery-8.jpg The post Illinois lottery appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Reader photo: Mild horses | Journal Courier Reader photo: Mild horses
Horses strike a pose on a farm near Waverly. Horses strike a pose on a farm near Waverly. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_backpage-horses1211.jpgHorses strike a pose on a farm near Waverly. The post Reader photo: Mild horses appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Commentary: Time to fight against Alzheimer’s | Journal Courier Commentary: Time to fight against Alzheimer’s
Bill Gates recently made the exciting announcement that he will be donating $50 million of his own money to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is a huge boon to the doctors and researchers who are struggling to find a way to help the people affected by this disease. This donation is critical, […] The post Commentary: Time to fight against Alzheimer’s appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Commentary: Capitol Hill’s Christmas bake-off | Journal Courier Commentary: Capitol Hill’s Christmas bake-off
Business leaders like Warren Buffett and the late Steve Jobs often credited their enormous success to simplicity. Buffett repeatedly explains that his best stock market secret is no secret at all: Buy quality and hold it. Similarly, Jobs made complex machines — computers, music recordings, cellular telephones — so simple and intuitive that even aging […] The post Commentary: Capitol Hill’s Christmas bake-off appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Bluffs gives break from rate hike | Journal Courier Bluffs gives break from rate hike
BLUFFS — Village board members have decided against an increase for sewer and water rates. The village generally raises rates for the utilities 3 percent each year, but Mayor Linda Sapp said residents needed a break. In other business, the board increased the number of winning Christmas light displays from four to six. Each winning […] The post Bluffs gives break from rate hike appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Upcoming Services for Dec. 11 | Journal Courier Upcoming Services for Dec. 11
TODAY (MONDAY) McGlasson, Mary Artie “Ruth.” 1 p.m. today at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation noon-1 p.m. today at the funeral home. • Tice, James Flavius “Jim.” 11 a.m. today at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling with a graveside military service at the Mount Sterling City Cemetery. […] The post Upcoming Services for Dec. 11 appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Stranger’s gift brightens day | Journal Courier Stranger’s gift brightens day
Excitement filled the air as Christmas came early for 13 children, including one little boy who loves dinosaurs, at a Jacksonville homeless shelter. Andrew Israel’s eyes lit up Thursday evening when he unwrapped a battery-powered dinosaur that a stranger delivered to the 3-year-old at New Directions Warming and Cooling Center. Andrew didn’t have much to […] The post Stranger’s gift brightens day appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Cass board questioned about member’s absence | Journal Courier Cass board questioned about member’s absence
VIRGINIA — A Cass County resident is raising concerns about a member of the Cass County Board of Commissioners after she has been absent from meetings for nearly a year. David Ballance, a Bluff Springs resident, raised concerns after Eva Lynn, a longtime board member, has missed meetings for the past 11 months. Ballance said […] The post Cass board questioned about member’s absence appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
‘Not in charge’: Words may haunt bid | Journal Courier ‘Not in charge’: Words may haunt bid
Gov. Bruce Rauner raised eyebrows, then questions about whether he misspoke, after he declared “I am not in charge” of the state. Now it looks like the comment could haunt him all the way until Election Day. The Republican, who’s seeking his second term in 2018, made the unusual declaration last week, telling reporters he’s […] The post ‘Not in charge’: Words may haunt bid appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
The way we were: ‘Sudden Freeze’ left region shaken | Journal Courier The way we were: ‘Sudden Freeze’ left region shaken
Fast-moving Midwestern winter storms can have a numbing effect. One such storm’s wintry blast not only numbed Illinois residents, but froze itself into their memories. On Dec. 20, 1836, occurred what Illinois pioneers called “The Sudden Freeze.” About eight inches of snow fell Dec. 19, but it got warm enough for the snow to turn […] The post The way we were: ‘Sudden Freeze’ left region shaken appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 11, 2017
Slices of life: Stress ye merry, gentlemen | Journal Courier Slices of life: Stress ye merry, gentlemen
There is too much guilt in the world. Still, I have a propensity to make myself more of it. Lately I’ve been feeling guilty about holidays. Days that are supposed to be celebrations filled with joy and fun fill me with dread and anxiety. I bet I’m not alone. Holidays often catch me off guard. […] The post Slices of life: Stress ye merry, gentlemen appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2017
City seeks partners for bandstand rehab | Journal Courier City seeks partners for bandstand rehab
For about 110 years, the Nichols Park bandstand has stood as the center of many events. In recent years, though, a lack of upkeep has left it unsafe and unusable, taped off by the city’s parks department to keep children from playing on it. Engineering firm Benton and Associates has estimated that rehabilitation of the […] The post City seeks partners for bandstand rehab appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2017
Kids have breakfast with Santa | Journal Courier Kids have breakfast with Santa
More than 100 people crammed into the Elks Club Saturday to visit with the jolly old man from the North Pole. They also came to grab a doughnut and a cup of milk, juice or coffee as Santa Claus collected gift lists from children. The big man’s stopover has been a Jacksonville tradition for many […] The post Kids have breakfast with Santa appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2017
Commentary: It’s a birthday! Wait … come back | Journal Courier Commentary: It’s a birthday! Wait … come back
Illinois celebrated its 199th birthday Dec. 3. The eventual Land of Lincoln first became a state in 1818. Back then, nearly all of Illinois’ fertile prairie was left unsettled. But it seems like Springfield is doing its best to return to that remote state, according to new data from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS […] The post Commentary: It’s a birthday! Wait … come back appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2017
Staying safe at scene growing issue for responders | Journal Courier Staying safe at scene growing issue for responders
Dangerous situations can be common for firefighters and rescue workers. Some of the biggest come not from burning buildings, though, but in responding to emergencies. That’s why Waverly Fire Chief Glen Brown is pushing for more roadside-safety training and hoping to put ideas into practice to protect responders. He is working with representatives of the […] The post Staying safe at scene growing issue for responders appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | December 10, 2017
Gregory files for precinct 4 seat | Jacksonville Progress Gregory files for precinct 4 seat
Gregg Gregory, the current foreman of the Cherokee County Precinct 4 Road and Bridge Department,
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2017
Road work continues  in Cherokee County, area | Jacksonville Progress Road work continues in Cherokee County, area
TYLER – Here's a look at work planned in the district during the week of December 11, 2017. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when…
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2017
Cherokee County commissioners to meet | Jacksonville Progress Cherokee County commissioners to meet
The Cherokee County Commissioners' Court will hold their regular meeting 10 a.m. Monday morning. There are a number of items on the agenda, including:
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2017
TCMA Songwriter Contest now open | Jacksonville Progress TCMA Songwriter Contest now open
CARTHAGE - The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. announced that its annual TCMA Songwriter Contest and Awards are open for song submissions as of December 1, in both Country and Christian Country formats.
Jacksonville Progress | December 10, 2017