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Preacher’s End Farm: Fresh foods sprout from local farm | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
Preacher's End Farm, between Jacksonville and Maydelle is a quiet and peaceful place where little traffic goes by. Rachel Gucker and her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Pearl, spend most of their time tending to the garden or feeding the chickens. Rachel's husband,…
Journal Courier | April 22, 2018
The manager of LifeStar Ambulance does not anticipate any problems with providing medical services for people in the Jacksonville area, even though it will soon be the sole ambulance service in the city. America Ambulance officials announced last week that the ambulance service will cease operation...
Journal Courier | April 22, 2018
GALESBURG (AP) — Walk in to the Wendy’s on Henderson Street on a Monday morning, and you might be surprised by what you find. The modestly sized fast food restaurant is filled every Monday with people from their 30s to their 90s playing bingo. It’s become a weekly tradition at the restaurant....
Journal Courier | April 22, 2018
WINCHESTER — The city’s investigation into accounting errors has resulted in charges accusing a deputy clerk of theft of government property. Deputy Clerk Barbara Hoots, who has worked with the city for more than 20 years, has been charged with official misconduct and theft of government proper...
Journal Courier | April 22, 2018
The Jacksonville Public Library has expanded its online media services by adding movie streaming for cardholders. The library added Kanopy to its online services, which will give those with a Jacksonville Public Library card access to more than 30,000 movies and programs, of which they can stream f...
Journal Courier | April 22, 2018
The loss of a major donor three years ago continues to put a financial strain on a west-central Illinois social service agency. An Illinois-based corporation stopped funding the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois in 2015, according to the organization’s executive direct...
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX — A two-vehicle traffic accident killed two residents of Troup on Friday.
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
The Jacksonville City Council will meet in a special session at noon Tuesday, April 24, at City Hall to discuss the city’s alcohol ordinance.
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
AUSTIN — While Texas set no limits on the lending practices of payday and auto-title loan operations, federal regulators recently approved a rule that would curtail what critics call the industry’s predatory practices nationwide.
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
“Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development,” wrote Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, on the network's website.…
Jacksonville Progress | April 22, 2018
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court will meet Monday morning to discuss the temporary closing of the east end of County Road 3905, in Pct. 3. The purpose of this closing is for the North Cherokee VFD's annual fish fry on…
Journal Courier | April 21, 2018
PERU (AP) — Ed Yanka’s been dead for nearly 15 years, but Jon Chamlin is still becoming better acquainted with the man he called his great-uncle. Chamlin, who resides in Chicago but is from Peru, purchased Yanka’s Tap in mid ’00s. He began restoring it with the help of friends and family. ...
Journal Courier | April 21, 2018
John Looney was the original Quad Cities vice lord and also one of the nation’s earliest organized crime leaders. Looney was a thin, cold, gaunt, sort of dour-looking man with haunting eyes. He wore the same baggy, dirty suit every day and ate raw liver on toast. He ran for the Illinois state Hou...
Journal Courier | April 21, 2018
Beckham Oldenettel is making a name for himself in the world of books. The 6-year-old book collector from Jacksonville was honored this week by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for his three-year effort to gather and distribute children’s books around central Il...
Journal Courier | April 21, 2018
Lawmakers want to find a way for state property owners to be able to continue to deduct all state and local taxes from their federal taxes. When President Donald Trump signed tax reform into law in December, it included a $10,000 cap on how much a taxpayer can write off in the amount that they pay ...
Journal Courier | April 21, 2018
Passavant Area Hospital is partnering with Memorial Behavioral Health to host a program to train community members to learn how to identify and respond to people showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse. The program will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30. Fee is $16.95 and includes a training...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
Legislation that will push to eliminate “off-shoring” of employees in the Governor’s Office unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a 110-0 vote. During a visit Thursday to the Jacksonville Journal-Courier office, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said the legislati...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
State Sen. Sam McCann announced his intention Thursday to run for governor as a Conservative Party candidate, garnering a quick — and scathing — response from the incumbent governor. When he ran for the state Senate in 2009, McCann said he was driven by a call to serve. It is this same call, he...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that’s far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school. R...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
Deb Stagno (from left), Jane Laureys and Deb Malito, all of northern Illinois, inspect pieces of fabric for sale outside of Stane Lee in Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah turns into Quilt City USA in April as enthusiasts from around the world celebrate the art of quilting.
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
South Jacksonville police continue to investigate the April 13 report of an armed robbery at ET’s Zodiac Lounge at 1857 S. Main St. Police Chief Tim Mann said a Zodiac Lounge employee reported that a man armed with a knife robbed the business. An employee said a man “forced her back into the b...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
For 13 Illinois College students, their educational experience did not take a break during IC’s spring break. The students and three members of IC’s staff spent the first week of March in Puerto Rico, where they experienced the island nation’s culture and assisted its people in recovering fro...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
WINCHESTER — Communication can be hard, especially when someone is being robbed of their words. Michelle Ramlow, manager of education and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, teaches ways to overcome these obstacles and is bringing a class to Winchester on Monday. “Com...
Journal Courier | April 20, 2018
A Beardstown man was able to escape injury after a shooting incident in Meredosia that resulted in two arrests. The shooting happened about 3 p.m. Thursday in a garage behind a residence in the 300 block of South Putnam Street in Meredosia. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department detective Jason Rob...
Disaster drill simulates tornado, collapsed building | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | April 19, 2018
A disaster simulation was held at the Cherokee County Public Health office Wednesday morning. According to Alicia Whetsell, a paramedic on-scene at the “disaster," the simulation was of a tornado striking the public health building, partially collapsing it and causing…
Jacksonville ISD recognizes several teachers, staff, students | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | April 19, 2018
The Jacksonville school board met at the Little Theater in Jacksonville Middle School for a series of recognitions. Earlier in the month the school board traveled to each campus in the district to award the teachers and employees of the…
Journal Courier | April 19, 2018
The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session. Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, said p...
Jacksonville Progress | April 19, 2018
AUSTIN — Texas would get some help under the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 farm bill, but critics say the proposed legislation would leave a bad taste in the mouths of residents who rely on federal food assistance.
Journal Courier | April 19, 2018
The death of former first lady Barbara Bush in her Texas home Tuesday brought about many memories for former Illinois School for the Deaf Principal Sue Brosmith of when she visited the school’s campus. Bush visited the state school on Oct. 25, 1988, to talk about illiteracy with some of the schoo...
Journal Courier | April 19, 2018
A lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock told a federal appeals court in Chicago Wednesday that federal prosecutors are aiming to become the first — with the court’s help — to imprison a former member of Congress based on “ambiguous” rules the U.S. House set for itself. Schock’s lawye...
Journal Courier | April 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD — Three people were injured — two having to be flown to a Springfield hospital — in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 54 north of Pittsfield. According to Illinois State Police, a car being driven by Roger L. Daniels, 40, of Manchester collided with the rear of vehicle being drive by R...
Journal Courier | April 19, 2018
State Sen. Sam McCann and veterans rights activist Aaron Merreighn will run for governor and lieutenant governor as Conservative Party candidates. They will face Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. “When I announced I was not going to run for Senate, I sa...
Whisperin’  Bill Anderson  to perform in Tyler | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | April 18, 2018
TYLER - Whisperin’ Bill Anderson’s songwriting career launched more than half a century ago, and is filled with tunes recorded by numerous artists, including Ray Price, George Strait and Brad Paisley.
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Tuesday: LuckyDay Lotto Midday 05-16-27-34-41 Pick Three-Midday 5-0-7, Fireball: 1 Pick Three-Evening 8-8-9, Fireball: 6 Pick Four-Midday 9-1-4-7, Fireball: 9 Pick Four-Evening 8-2-8-0, Fireball: 6 Lucky Day Lotto 17-25-30-37-42 M...
Jacksonville Progress | April 18, 2018
Jacksonville police officials are investigating two shootings that occurred in the 800 block of Palestine Street this week.
Jacksonville Progress | April 18, 2018
Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, two days after she decided not to seek additional medical treatment. CNN had reported Barbara Bush had COPD or chronic obstruction pulmonary disease.
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
These are the findings of the most recent restaurant inspections by the Morgan County Health Department. Each violation found reduces points on a restaurant’s score. The score ranges from a perfect 100 to a zero. Anything below 70 is considered failing. Critical violations that could lead to food...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
KANE — Charges have been filed against a Kane woman accused of leaving dogs tied up outside in sub-freezing temperatures without adequate shelter or protection. State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe has filed four counts of violation of owner’s duties against Joyce M. May, 39. The charges contend t...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
WHITE HALL — Police are urging business owners to be vigilant in checking their currency as counterfeit bills are now making the rounds in several communities. White Hall Police reported last week that several businesses received counterfeit bills in the $50 and $100 denominations. White Hall Pol...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
Family members are finalizing the funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party earlier this month. Nasjay Murry’s funeral will be this weekend in Chicago. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the April 8 shooting...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
Due to a water main break, Jacksonville Utilities Department has shut off water for all residents of Forest Park East and residents of numbers two and four of Forest Park North until further notice.
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
ASHLAND — The A-C Central school board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today in the unit office at 501 W. Buchanan St. Among the items on the agenda are discussion about employment of certified staff and taking action on a scoreboard project.
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
TODAY (WEDNESDAY) • Bourn, Michael Todd. Graveside service 2 p.m. today at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. • Cross, William M. Memorial service, 10 a.m. today at Illinois College’s Rammelkamp Chapel. • Fry, Larry...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
Most people need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. Ten years ago, Mother Earth took care of it. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the last significant earthquake to hit Illinois, a shaker that knocked residents from their sleep in the early morning hours of April 18, 2008. The quake, cent...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
Ouindi Ngoma, a second-grader at Eisenhower Elementary, leads his classmates across a balance test set up Tuesday in the rehabilitation center at Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Mini-Medical Days. This program is designed to help ease fear about the hospital by providing tours to students.
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
BEARDSTOWN — The Beardstown Harbor project has hit a landmark $50,000 for funds raised, with more fundraisers planned in the future as the city looks for potential loans or grants. To date, the city of Beardstown and the Beardstown Harbor Development Committee have raised $51,000 through various ...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
WHITE HALL — The North Greene School board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the North Greene Education Center at 250 E. Sherman St. Among the items on the agenda are:An update of the proposed North Greene Junior-Senior High School 1957 wing renovation project.Discussion of an energy purchase agreemen...
Journal Courier | April 18, 2018
One of the two ambulance services in Jacksonville says it will be leaving the city in several months. America Ambulance gave notice to the city of its intent to cease operations in 90 days. “There is an industry-wide shortage of paramedics,” said Susan Zappa, America Ambulance President Susan ...
Cinderella's Closet provides prom outfits for students | Jacksonville Progress
Jacksonville Progress | April 17, 2018
A colorful array of dresses fill the vault of the former bank building that houses The Clothes Closet & More, just waiting for someone to claim them in time for prom.
Journal Courier | April 17, 2018
The Subway restaurant at 948 W. Morton Ave. remained closed Monday after sustaining damage when a vehicle crashed into the building. A section of the fast-food restaurant still was boarded over and glass, wood and bricks filled the walkway around it. Subway representatives were unavailable to say ...