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Jacksonville Progress | August 18, 2018
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced today a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics.
Jacksonville Progress | August 18, 2018
Nacogdoches --- State Rep. Travis Clardy announced that a member of his district staff will be on hand Thursday, August 23, at the locations below to meet one-on-one with constituents who need assistance with state agencies or who wish to…
Jacksonville Progress | August 18, 2018
RUSK – An Aug. 27 public hearing on the 2018-19 proposed Rusk ISD budget and the tax rate to fund it will begin at 6 p.m. in the Rusk ISD administration building.
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
Students sent home after gas leaks found Routt Catholic High School students were sent home early Friday after several gas leaks were discovered inside the school just after noon. Fire Department Capt. Brian Nyberg said a science teacher lit something, causing a small fire that extinguished itsel...
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
The former Staples store location at 1813 W. Morton Ave. is being transformed into a tool store. Harbor Freight Tools is expected to open in October, according to company officials. “We’re thrilled to be opening our 31st Harbor Freight Tools store in Illinois and very pleased by the warm welco...
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
Alton firefighters line up and salute a hearse carrying U.S. Marine Sgt. Stephen Tyler Borrowman, 22, who died at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Aug. 6. Illinois State Police and members of the Patriot Guard escorted Borrowman’s procession from Lambert Airport in St. Louis for services in Pleasa...
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
One of the pre-eminent civil rights organizations was born from one of the worst moments in Springfield’s history. In August 1908, a white mob, thwarted in an attempt to lynch two black inmates in the Sangamon County Jail, went on a rampage. They destroyed dozens of black-owned businesses and hom...
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
A new law in Illinois enhances the punishment for texting behind the wheel. Starting in July, drivers caught using cell phones while driving will not only get fined, but it will count as a moving violation that could lead to license suspension. The new law signed this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner now...
Journal Courier | August 18, 2018
JOLIET (AP) — George Anthos spent just three years in the Army, from 1955 to 1957, before returning home to Illinois and pursuing a profession as a hair dresser. But at age 83, he puts on a military-style uniform every Tuesday and reports to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Joliet. Since 2...
Evening with Our Star honors hometown musician, Neal McCoy | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
Country music star Neal McCoy drew a record crowd in Jacksonville as the Jacksonville Education Foundation hosted the 7th annual “Evening With Our Star” on Aug. 13.
2018 certified values released by appraisal district | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
RUSK - Values increased in most taxing units in Cherokee County for 2018, according to the Cherokee County Appraisal District.
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
(RNN) – "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin has died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning, publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told the Associated Press. She was 76.
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Heavy rain caused the cancellation of an outdoor concert at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand and some flooding at the fairgrounds. Thunderstorms dumped up to 2 inches of rain in the Springfield area Thursday night as some 8,000 fans were at the fairgrounds grandstand for a concert by country sing...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Illinois College resident assistants prepared for the new school year Thursday by taking part in fire safety training. In addition to learning proper use of fire extinguishers, students competed in the Firemen’s Rodeo, in which teams used the spray from fire hoses to push a barrel to the opposing ...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing Trump International Hotel and Tower, claiming the Chicago building has jeopardized aquatic life in the Chicago River. The lawsuit contends Trump Tower did not comply with environmental laws and released millions of gallons of water into the river each day with...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Routt Catholic High School students were sent home early Friday after several gas leaks were discovered inside the school just after noon. Fire Capt. Brian Nyberg said a science teacher lit something, causing a small fire that extinguished itself. “It was almost like a spark, enough to ignite an...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Claude D. Morris, 36, of 750 E. Chambers St. was booked into the Morgan County jail at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday on charges of criminal trespass to state land and resisting a peace officer. • Wayne A. Milsap, 53, of 623 N. East St. was booked into the Morgan...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
A pair of new records, including one by a Morgan County animal, were set at the 2018 Governor’s Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair. In addition to being spotlighted before a full crowd at the Livestock Center, these grand champion and reserve grand champion exhibitors receive a portion ...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
New legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner will require gas storage field owners to notify communities if there is a risk natural gas leaks could expose them to contaminated water. The law also will mandate annual gas storage field inspections by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The i...
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
Being put into foster care can set a child back on many fronts – including education.
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
With the advent of a new school year, districts across the state are requiring their students to be vaccinated before arriving on campus.
Jacksonville Progress | August 17, 2018
AUSTIN – As the new school year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to slow down in school zones, and to be aware of children walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should…
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
CARROLLTON — Carrollton IGA grocery store has been open since March but the owners are celebrating its grand opening today with store specials and a cookout, inviting people to come to see the store’s renovations. Despite March’s “soft opening,” the grand opening was planned as a result o...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Many of MacMurray College’s student-athletes have been recognized for their efforts off the playing fields and courts. In each of the past five years, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has awarded MacMurray’s athletic department its top community service award. “I’m proud o...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner said private employers shouldn’t be forced to take part in a state-sponsored retirement plan for employees, but Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is working to override the governor’s veto of the legislation. Rauner changed a bill lawmakers sent him to alter language in the ...
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
Illinois College resident assistants compete Thursday in the Firemen’s Rodeo after spending time practicing fire drills and fire extinguisher training. The teams tried to use the hose to push a barrel to the opposing team’s side of the field.
Journal Courier | August 17, 2018
A Jacksonville High School math teacher’s bid to make math fun for his students paid off Thursday, when he was named recipient of the 2018 Bill Russell Award winner for his work in his classroom. “I was surprised and at a loss for words,” math teacher Phil Johnson said. “I know some of the...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
JERSEYVILLE — A Ramsey woman has been charged with felony obstruction of justice after police and prosecutors said they found out she identified herself as her sister during a July drug bust. Regina L. Burks, 44, of Ramsey is accused of giving a false identification to a Jersey County sheriff’s...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
ELDRED – Thousands of people descended on the tiny village of Eldred, convinced they would come away with a cash prize of more than $400,000. One of them did. Jeff Quigg of Murrayville was the big winner, drawing the queen of hearts to win a $409,908 prize in the Eldred American Legion Post’s ...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Morgan County Jacksonville Police ACCIDENTS • Shelby L. Brewer, 22, of New Berlin was cited about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident at South Church Street and West Morton Avenue. Police said Brewer’s vehicle was turning right onto West Morton Avenue when it and a westbound vehic...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
A Jacksonville High School special education and life skills teacher has been nominated for the 2018-19 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Bailey Brammeier was nominated by Mekelle Neathery because of Brammeier’s work in the classroom with students with special needs. The LifeChanger of the...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
The FBI is asking for assistance in obtaining identifying information about an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. The unknown man, known only as John Doe 40, can be seen in a video with a child...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
A timeline of major events in the life and work of Aretha Franklin: March 1942 — Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, a prominent Baptist minister with gospel-music connections, would move the family briefly to Buffalo before settling in Detroit when Aretha was 2. She would ...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn t...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Jacksonville High School mathematics teacher Phil Johnson has been named the 2018 Bill Russell Award winner. The award is given to teachers in Jacksonville District 117 who shows a dedication to student learning. It is named in honor of Bill Russell, a teacher known for his contributions to the sch...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
MOUNT STERLING — Dot Transportation is asking people to help select the favorite of three designs for a new military-themed trailer. People can vote online through Sunday. The trailer will be used for community events, job fairs and veterans’ activities. “We’re very proud of our veteran em...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
The hunt for auctioneers to sell off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, to settle a $9.7 million debt began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation cautioned a...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Jungle Safari, an exhibit of 19 exotic and domestic animals, is bringing the zoo to Pathway Plaza at 1905 W. Morton Ave. Pathway hosts Jungle Safari to give people who might not be able to go to a zoo the opportunity to see exotic animals up close, said Stephanie Baptist, director of commercial ser...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Work begins today on the second phase of renovation of Our Saviour Catholic Church. The work will include installation of a sound system, lighting and carpeting and painting the ceiling. Phase one work began in November with construction of a ramp at the main entrance. In spring 2016, Our Saviour...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
Alexa Baptist (from left), Brynn Baptist and Lani Freeman, all of Jacksonville, pet a baby Barbary lion Wednesday at Jungle Safari, an exhibit of 19 exotic and domestic animals at Pathway Plaza at 1905 W. Morton Ave. “The reason Pathway hosts Jungle Safari is to give individuals who might not be a...
Journal Courier | August 16, 2018
An Illinois Supreme Court decision has placed the liability of injuries happening on sidewalks on the cities themselves. Until now, municipalities — and thus taxpayers — were largely protected against such concerns. But in the case Barbara Monson v. the City of Danville, the state Supreme Cour...
Vacant building new home for emerging company | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | August 15, 2018
JACKSONVILLE – In August, Huck Medical Technologies, Inc. (Huck) executed a lease-purchase contract for a 25,000-square-foot building in Jacksonville. The building was formerly occupied by a home healthcare provider, but had been vacant for approximately one-year.
Rusk council sets 2 public hearings  for budget,  tax rate | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | August 15, 2018
RUSK – The Rusk City Council's Aug. 9 meeting was chock full of activity, as they considered everything from scheduling public hearings for the proposed 2018 Rusk City budget and property tax rate, to park grants and personnel.
Journal Courier | August 15, 2018
Illness has forced former Vice President Joe Biden to cancel his visit to the Illinois State Fair. Biden was scheduled to be at the fair for a meet and greet Thursday. He was also planning to attend the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch. Media reports say Biden is under docto...
Journal Courier | August 15, 2018
The Rauner Family Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Illinois State Fair for the naming rights to The Coliseum, a 117-year-old, 60,000-square-foot amphitheater on the state fairgrounds. “Diana and I want to make this ‘The People’s Coliseum’ just as we made the Governor’s Mansion...
Journal Courier | August 15, 2018
Jacksonville Police ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Christopher C. Stevens, 31, of 2538 Shawnee Drive, Springfield, was booked into the Morgan County jail at 11:51 p.m. Monday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, improper signaling, driving while license is revoked or suspended, possession of drug ...
Journal Courier | August 15, 2018
FIDELITY — A Fidelity man has charged with felony burglary, but because he is designated a habitual criminal he faces increased penalties of six to 30 years in prison. According to court documents, William E. Champlin, 34, of Fidelity was charged Aug. 9 with one count each of burglary, theft and ...
Jacksonville Progress | August 15, 2018
RUSK – A short, unused road running in front of the Alto schools was closed by the Cherokee County Commissioners' Court during their regular meeting, held Monday in Rusk.
Jacksonville Progress | August 15, 2018
The City of Tyler and Tyler Transit are promoting higher education for the community by providing free access to Tyler Junior College for a limited time.
Journal Courier | August 15, 2018
Jacksonville Municipal Airport’s T-hangar project is progressing through its design phase and, pending commissioner approval, is expected to enter the construction bidding process later this year. The Jacksonville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners was scheduled Tuesday evening to hear an u...