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The path to 200 years: Underground Railroad provided risks, freedom | Journal Courier The path to 200 years: Underground Railroad provided risks, freedom
Despite Illinois’ status as a free state, runaway slaves and free blacks did not find the state accommodating in its earliest days. Slave owners in southern Illinois were allowed to keep their slaves when Illinois joined the union in 1818. Then, they were permitted to commit newer generations of freed black residents to indentured servitude […] The post The path to 200 years: Underground Railroad provided risks, freedom appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
Tax overhaul bringing bonus for employees | Journal Courier Tax overhaul bringing bonus for employees
MOUNT STERLING — A Mount Sterling company is joining the growing ranks of businesses sharing the benefits of a tax overhaul with its employees. All of Dot Foods’ nearly 4,800 full-time workers will get a $500 bonus. The food industry redistributor said the bonuses will go to employees at all 12 Dot locations in the […] The post Tax overhaul bringing bonus for employees appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
Routt tops Tigers 56-46 | Journal Courier Routt tops Tigers 56-46
The Routt boys’ basketball team brought home a 56-46 win over Beardstown to end the regular season Friday night at Routt. Hunter Chumley led the Rockets with 13 points. Cory Ronan followed with 12, and Drew Winters and Adam Lindsey each added 10 of their own. “It was a nice win for us. I thought […] The post Routt tops Tigers 56-46 appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
Trojans roll past Vipers | Journal Courier Trojans roll past Vipers
CONCORD — The Triopia boys’ basketball team’s Senior Night game turned into a real party, thanks in large part to a 29-point second quarter. The Trojans went on to beat South County 60-37 in a game that figured to be much closer. Triopia, which finished the regular season with a record of 22-6, opens play […] The post Trojans roll past Vipers appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
For some Texans, water worries don’t end  with new reservoirs | Jacksonville Progress For some Texans, water worries don’t end with new reservoirs
AUSTIN — Voting on a state construction loan, expected Thursday, should begin flowing money into what will be Texas’ first new major reservoir in decades.
Jacksonville Progress | February 17, 2018
Red hats boost awareness of heart disease | Journal Courier Red hats boost awareness of heart disease
PEORIA (AP) — Crocheting a pair of tiny red hats offered Annessa Wilcoxon a chance to bring attention to an issue that’s as close as her 12-year-old daughter’s heart. Wilcoxon and her daughter, Zaia, visited OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois to deliver a few of the 450 hats to […] The post Red hats boost awareness of heart disease appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
Davidsmeyer opposes new pension plan | Journal Courier Davidsmeyer opposes new pension plan
Bipartisan lawmakers including Republican state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville are opposing a proposed pension cost shift from the state to local school districts as an unfunded mandate that will raise property taxes and cut classroom resources. House Resolution 27, which opposes the pension cost shift on homeowners, already has been co-signed by more than […] The post Davidsmeyer opposes new pension plan appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 17, 2018
Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes | Journal Courier Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes
Foes of abortion have pushed through during the past decade several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters nationwide are fighting back with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. […] The post Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
State mulls expanding college testing | Journal Courier State mulls expanding college testing
Illinois is preparing to expand free college admissions-related testing for high school students by giving such exams to all ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders in the state, state Board of Education records show. The move could cost taxpayers up to $75 million through 2024. Ninth and 10th graders could be taking preliminary tests that lead up […] The post State mulls expanding college testing appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Editorial: Unless true action is demanded, nothing will change | Journal Courier Editorial: Unless true action is demanded, nothing will change
Once again, we join as a nation in grief and anger after a senseless, brutal assault on innocence. This time, attention is focused on Parkland, Florida, where a Valentine’s Day shooting at a high school left 17 dead and dozens injured. We use the only words that fit — horrific, unspeakable — but none can […] The post Editorial: Unless true action is demanded, nothing will change appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Woman injured in rollover accident | Journal Courier Woman injured in rollover accident
A Jacksonville woman was injured Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash at Merritt and Vasey roads west of Jacksonville. According to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Department report, Patricia L. Quigg, 60, of Jacksonville was going east on Merritt Road about 6:15 a.m. when her vehicle went off the south side of the road and crossed […] The post Woman injured in rollover accident appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
City mulls park closure, land annexation | Jacksonville Progress City mulls park closure, land annexation
The Jacksonville City Council met for a series of public hearings Tuesday night. The first hearing was over the proposed annexation of land north of the city along Highway 69. This annexation is related to a proposed biking trail in…
Jacksonville Progress | February 16, 2018
Cherokee County Republican candidates square-off at forum | Jacksonville Progress Cherokee County Republican candidates square-off at forum
A candidate forum was held at Jacksonville College Monday night. The forum drew many different candidates from various local offices, such as the Republican Party county chair, Cherokee County commissioners for Precincts 2 and 4, Cherokee County Judge and the…
Jacksonville Progress | February 16, 2018
Council approves job creation incentives | Jacksonville Progress Council approves job creation incentives
The Jacksonville City Council approved job creation economic development incentives recommended by the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) Board of Directors. “Approval of these incentives serves to advance the economic vitality of Jacksonville,” said Mayor Dick Stone.
Jacksonville Progress | February 16, 2018
Clardy to host meet-and-greets | Jacksonville Progress Clardy to host meet-and-greets
NACOGDOCHES – State Rep. Travis Clardy is traveling across House District 11 (HD 11) to meet with constituents and discuss issues important to Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk counties.
Jacksonville Progress | February 16, 2018
Hawks roll past ISD | Journal Courier Hawks roll past ISD
Shannon McNeal exploded for 31 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Carrollton boys’ basketball team built an early lead and cruised to a 75-37 win over the Tigers in Jacksonville Thursday night. “That number 30 (McNeal) is a really nice player, man,” Carrollton coach Matt Goetten said. “He’s strong taking it to the basket, […] The post Hawks roll past ISD appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Family raises awareness after scare | Journal Courier Family raises awareness after scare
From a night spent worrying about taking her U.S. Constitution test to waking up — five weeks later — having missed it, a then 12-year-old Madi Allen went from typical sick day to 93-day nightmare in a 24-hour span. Now a student and member of the soccer team at Hannibal-LaGrange University, Allen and her family […] The post Family raises awareness after scare appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Commentary: Presidents Day a holiday worth — what, exactly? | Journal Courier Commentary: Presidents Day a holiday worth — what, exactly?
Monday is Presidents Day, a creation of Congress by way of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Wedged between Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 and Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, Presidents Day supposedly bathes in the glow of our two greatest presidents and allows for a three day weekend for federal workers, bankers and the […] The post Commentary: Presidents Day a holiday worth — what, exactly? appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Reader photo: A dramatic paws | Journal Courier Reader photo: A dramatic paws
Jackson the husky goes for a walk at sunset in Virginia. Being a husky, he enjoys winter. Jackson the husky goes for a walk at sunset in Virginia. Being a husky, he enjoys winter. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_backpage-dramaticpaws021618.jpgJackson the husky goes for a walk at sunset in Virginia. Being a husky, he enjoys winter. The post Reader photo: A dramatic paws appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Commentary: Doing better than boxes for poor | Journal Courier Commentary: Doing better than boxes for poor
Back in the ’70s, my dad brought some delicious cheese home from our town. “They were giving this cheese out in front of the courthouse, so I picked some up” he said. The cheese was all part of the so-called fight against poverty. My dad was a hard-working coal mining man, so we had food […] The post Commentary: Doing better than boxes for poor appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Just a little off the top | Journal Courier Just a little off the top
J.R. Whitaker, owner and operator of Upper Cuts Barber Shop & Salon at 206 E. Court St., shapes the afro Thursday of his uncle, Andy Wright of rural Jacksonville. J.R. Whitaker, owner and operator of Upper Cuts Barber Shop & Salon at 206 E. Court St., shapes the afro Thursday of his uncle, Andy Wright […] The post Just a little off the top appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Pool study onus on safety, fiscal stability | Journal Courier Pool study onus on safety, fiscal stability
Jacksonville’s Parks and Lakes Committee has set goals for the upcoming Nichols Park pool feasibility study, with the focus on safety and general improvements designed to keep people using the pool while reducing long periods during which the pool is closed for maintenance. Jeff Bartley, principal engineer with Kansas-based Waters Edge Aquatic Design, approached the […] The post Pool study onus on safety, fiscal stability appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 16, 2018
Mac downs Westminster | Journal Courier Mac downs Westminster
Some coaches say the three-point shot has ruined basketball. MacMurray College men’s coach Todd Creal? “Not tonight,” the coach said. “We were really hitting them.” The Highlanders opened the second half with four straight three-pointers to turn a slim 43-40 lead into a 55-40 bulge en route to a 101-93 win over Westminster College Wednesday […] The post Mac downs Westminster appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Fling: In Brief | Journal Courier Fling: In Brief
Foundation sets pottery classes The Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation will have two “pinch pot” pottery classes on Saturday. Artist James Grable will lead the sessions, which will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. During a 2-hour session, participants will use air-dry clay and various tools to create and decorate […] The post Fling: In Brief appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Artist Frederick’s focus on abstract | Journal Courier Artist Frederick’s focus on abstract
Richie Frederick sees art in the simplest of objects. “I think that the world we live in is so technology driven and distracted that people sometimes don’t appreciate simplicity,” said Frederick, a Jacksonville artist who has been creating artwork most of his life. “When I was young, I would sit on the front porch and […] The post Artist Frederick’s focus on abstract appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Boil order lifted for Mt. Sterling | Journal Courier Boil order lifted for Mt. Sterling
MOUNT STERLING — A boil order issued Tuesday for the city of Mount Sterling has been lifted effective immediately, according to public works director Dusty Buss. The preventative measure was issued after a water main break near the Mount Sterling water tower. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_breaking-news-3.jpg Journal-Courier The post Boil order lifted for Mt. Sterling appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Reader photo: Room with a view | Journal Courier Reader photo: Room with a view
A pair of eagles spends some quality time together outside Canton, Missouri. A pair of eagles spends some quality time together outside Canton, Missouri. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_backpage-eagles021418-thomas_anthony.jpgA pair of eagles spends some quality time together outside Canton, Missouri. The post Reader photo: Room with a view appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Commentary: Olympics missing out on some events | Journal Courier Commentary: Olympics missing out on some events
Greetings from the Ridge. I guess we should expect such things by now, but every time a new set of Winter Olympics pops up, the events seem to get stranger and stranger. Events like the skeleton, with a single participant flopping onto his belly and sledding down a mountain. That’s an event? Heck, we used […] The post Commentary: Olympics missing out on some events appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Democrats’ forum shines light on immigration issues | Journal Courier Democrats’ forum shines light on immigration issues
The topic — immigration — is far-reaching, but the voices heard Tuesday during a Morgan County Democrats forum were decidedly local as the event focused on regional immigration issues and offered residents a chance to participate in the discussion. “We use local experts so that it has more meaning to people in this area because […] The post Democrats’ forum shines light on immigration issues appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Commentary: Inside-out path to infrastructure | Journal Courier Commentary: Inside-out path to infrastructure
Whether in his first official State of the Union address last week, his 2016 campaign or his 2015 book, President Trump has been remarkably consistent about America’s infrastructure. It is, he maintains, crumbling and in need of repair. And while fixing bridges, roads and railways is a lofty and important endeavor, it does not lend […] The post Commentary: Inside-out path to infrastructure appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Editorial: Remain vigilant in fighting tough, nasty flu season | Journal Courier Editorial: Remain vigilant in fighting tough, nasty flu season
Avoiding the flu this season has become a challenge. Diagnosed cases and hospitalizations have broken records across the state, and health officials say numbers are up across Illinois. And it’s not over yet. If you’ve managed to escape so far, there are things you might do to keep it that way. First, if you haven’t […] The post Editorial: Remain vigilant in fighting tough, nasty flu season appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Rauner: Pension, health overhaul needed to balance budget | Journal Courier Rauner: Pension, health overhaul needed to balance budget
SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he could balance the Illinois budget and cut taxes by $1 billion provided the Democratic-controlled General Assembly agrees to make massive changes to the pension system and health insurance benefits for state workers. Aside from again advocating for a constitutionally questionable overhaul of employee pensions, Rauner told […] The post Rauner: Pension, health overhaul needed to balance budget appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Ex-staffer: Top Dems slow to follow up on harassment claim | Journal Courier Ex-staffer: Top Dems slow to follow up on harassment claim
A campaign worker for Illinois Democrats said Tuesday that it took party officials too long to respond after she reported sexual harassment by a male supervisor last year, allegations that prompted election-year calls for outside investigations and House Speaker Michael Madigan to step down from leadership roles. Alaina Hampton, who has worked for Democratic campaigns […] The post Ex-staffer: Top Dems slow to follow up on harassment claim appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 15, 2018
Mt. Sterling under boil-water order | Journal Courier Mt. Sterling under boil-water order
MOUNT STERLING — A boil-water order has been issued for the city of Mount Sterling until further notice. According to public works director Dusty Buss, the precautionary measure is needed after a a leak on a water line. Buss said the break was close enough to the Mount Sterling tower that it has potential to […] The post Mt. Sterling under boil-water order appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Love triangle road-rage incident leads to Jacksonville woman’s arrest | Jacksonville Progress Love triangle road-rage incident leads to Jacksonville woman’s arrest
Jacksonville police have arrested a woman who they say was involved in a forced collision with another woman who was dating the same man she was.
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
‘The Original Urban Cowboy,’ Johnny Lee to perform in Tyler | Jacksonville Progress ‘The Original Urban Cowboy,’ Johnny Lee to perform in Tyler
“The Original Urban Cowboy,” Johnny Lee, brings his show to Tyler’s Liberty Theatre on February 23 at 7 p.m.
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
SFA’s School of Human Sciences launches online bachelor’s degree program | Jacksonville Progress SFA’s School of Human Sciences launches online bachelor’s degree program
NACOGDOCHES — Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences has launched a new degree program that allows students to earn a four-year degree completely online.
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
Heartland National TB Center of Excellence receives $6.7 million in funding | Jacksonville Progress Heartland National TB Center of Excellence receives $6.7 million in funding
SAN ANTONIO – The Heartland National TB Center (HNTC), part of UT Health Northeast in Tyler, Texas, and located in San Antonio, has been awarded a 5-year, $6.7 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control, and selected as one…
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
CCT spreading the love (of drama) this February | Jacksonville Progress CCT spreading the love (of drama) this February
RUSK – Tickets are on sale for the Cherokee Civic Theatre's production of 'Love Letters,' just in time to make a special Valentine's Day gift!
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
Sam Deen announces candidacy for congressional seat | Jacksonville Progress Sam Deen announces candidacy for congressional seat
Van Zandt County West Point, combat veteran, small business owner to run for Congressional seat
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
City council to talk election | Jacksonville Progress City council to talk election
The Bullard city council will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at city hall. During the meeting, they plan to give notice of the general election for May 5, for the purpose of electing three city council members…
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
Officials recognize retiring road crew worker at meeting | Jacksonville Progress Officials recognize retiring road crew worker at meeting
During their Monday morning meeting, the Cherokee County Commissioners' Court recognized Jerry Ford, part of the Pct. 3 road crew, for his upcoming retirement. Ford worked with Commissioner Patrick Reagan in Pct. 3 for many years, according to Cherokee County…
Jacksonville Progress | February 14, 2018
Routt falls in semifinals | Journal Courier Routt falls in semifinals
WHITE HALL — It was not the way this Routt girls’ basketball team wanted to end this season. Okawville, playing an aggressive man-to-man defense with long, lanky guards, held Routt to just 11 points in the first half en route to a 45-33 win over the Rockets in the semifinals of the North Greene Sectional […] The post Routt falls in semifinals appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Cake keeps your sweet tooth in shape | Journal Courier Cake keeps your sweet tooth in shape
There is banana bread. And there is banana cake. And though the two share many sweet traits in common, they are not at all the same thing. Banana bread, baked in a loaf pan, is necessarily restrained — the kind of thing you feel good about eating for breakfast. Though it might have a thin […] The post Cake keeps your sweet tooth in shape appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Restaurant inspections | Journal Courier Restaurant inspections
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-borne illnesses result in 4, 8 or 9 […] The post Restaurant inspections appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Two sought in aggravated robbery | Journal Courier Two sought in aggravated robbery
Jacksonville police are looking for two men after an aggravated robbery early today in the 500 block of West College Avenue. A woman told police she was near West College Avenue and Fayette Street about 5:30 a.m. when she was approached by two men who forcefully took money from her. Police did not say how […] The post Two sought in aggravated robbery appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
United Way making final push in fundraising campaign | Journal Courier United Way making final push in fundraising campaign
With just more than two weeks remaining, Prairieland United Way is making a final push for donations for its 2017 fundraising campaign. Executive Director Karen Walker said things have slowed down but she remains hopeful that the campaign will meet its goal. “We have two more weeks and we are at approximately 92 percent,” Walker […] The post United Way making final push in fundraising campaign appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Editorial: Protect pets by enforcing cruelty penalty | Journal Courier Editorial: Protect pets by enforcing cruelty penalty
Outside of a child left unattended in a car, few things cause a spike in blood pressure like seeing a dog left in a closed, hot car with the owner nowhere around. The first reaction for many — at least after muttering a few choice words about the errant owner — is the desire to […] The post Editorial: Protect pets by enforcing cruelty penalty appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
Reader photo: Sweet hearts | Journal Courier Reader photo: Sweet hearts
A baker makes homemade heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. A baker makes homemade heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_backpage-sweetheart021418.jpgA baker makes homemade heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. The post Reader photo: Sweet hearts appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018
EarthTalk: Stopping drain clogs naturally | Journal Courier EarthTalk: Stopping drain clogs naturally
Chemical drain clog removers contain some pretty harmful stuff. The three main types available to consumers — caustic, oxidizing and acid — work by using harsh chemicals that heat up clogs to melt the congealed grease impeding the outflow. All three are acutely toxic to humans and animals if swallowed, and coming into contact with […] The post EarthTalk: Stopping drain clogs naturally appeared first on Journal Courier.
Journal Courier | February 14, 2018