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Couple with 45 animals came home to a bloody house | Jacksonville Daily News Couple with 45 animals came home to a bloody house
Since hearing a young couple was arrested for alleged animal cruelty, a friend of theirs said strangers have been sending threats to the couple and their family.That’s one reason Samantha Wesche, 19, didn’t want to speak with the media, said her friend, Sarah Mathis. Her lawyer also advised against it, Mathis added.Wesche and her husband, Lance Cpl. Damien Irvin, 21, are each faci...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 22, 2017
Woman sought in counterfeit case | Jacksonville Daily News Woman sought in counterfeit case
Police are searching for a woman they say used a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.The woman is wanted for questioning in relation to a counterfeit $20 bill being used at the Whizz Mart, 908 Marine Boulevard on May 17, according to information from Jacksonville Police Department.She is described as a white woman, about 25-35 years old, who is 5’4” to 5’7” t...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 24, 2017
Reader photo: Slow ride | Journal Courier Reader photo: Slow ride
A large turtle comes up from a small creek and crosses the road in rural Greene County. A large turtle comes up from a small creek and crosses the road in rural Greene County. http://myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_backpage-turtle0524.jpgA large turtle comes up from a small creek and crosses the road in rural Greene County. Beverly Watkins | Reader […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
A mission to comfort: Quilt honors veteran for years of service | Journal Courier A mission to comfort: Quilt honors veteran for years of service
ARENZVILLE — Surrounded by family and friends, an Arenzville veteran received an award that will give him comfort during his battle with cancer. Gerald “Dale” VanHyning, 70, who served in the Army in Vietnam, received a Quilt of Valor Award on Tuesday for his service. “This is an award that you’re receiving, it’s not a […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Illinois Senate Democrats vote for $5.4 billion tax increase | Journal Courier Illinois Senate Democrats vote for $5.4 billion tax increase
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Democrats added spending to a budget plan Tuesday to lure more Democratic support before voting to approve a $5.4 billion tax increase without a single Republican “aye.” With eight days remaining before the General Assembly’s scheduled May 31 adjournment, Democrats said they couldn’t wait any longer to approve a plan and give […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Change could leave Route 66 without funding | Journal Courier Change could leave Route 66 without funding
Route 66, the historic American road that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Editorial: Amid heartache of senseless act lies unifying resolve | Journal Courier Editorial: Amid heartache of senseless act lies unifying resolve
The frightened and panicked screams tear through the heart. Children, teens and parents enjoying a carefree night of music at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, came face to face with the most despicable action possible — sickening and indiscriminate terrorism. As the concert was ending, it is suspected a suicide bomber caused an […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Upcoming Services for May 24 | Journal Courier Upcoming Services for May 24
TODAY (WEDNESDAY) • Beghtol, Mareta “Frances” (Rhodes). 11 a.m. today at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Family will meet friends one hour prior to services at the church. Sager Funeral Home is in charge. • Young, Richard Marion. Graveside services 2 p.m. today at the Rushville City Cemetery. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville is […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Switch flips on region’s first 1 gigabit-per-second internet city | Journal Courier Switch flips on region’s first 1 gigabit-per-second internet city
Jacksonville residents can now receive internet information 40 times faster than before. Mediacom Communications has begun launching 1 gigabit-per-second internet speeds within its Illinois service territory, including Jacksonville, South Jacksonville and Chapin. As a result, residents and small businesses in these communities, and in more than 270 other small cities and towns served by Mediaco...
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Commentary: Casino bills taking billions from state | Journal Courier Commentary: Casino bills taking billions from state
Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority as a government unto itself via a “perpetual” license, with all owned or leased property tax-exempt. CCDA is legislatively designed to be a self-governing entity with extensive and abusive government powers that would […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
EarthTalk: A blackout over climate change | Journal Courier EarthTalk: A blackout over climate change
It’s no surprise that the Trump administration is looking to change course when it comes to federal action to mitigate climate change, but analysts have been surprised how quickly and drastically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “updated” its website to reflect the outlook of its new leader. The information purge began within just two […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Couscous dish takes little time, effort | Journal Courier Couscous dish takes little time, effort
With Ramadan, Islam’s annual holy month, upon us starting Friday, I thought I’d offer up some couscous, a dish that originated among North Africa’s Berbers 1,000 or so years ago. The term refers to a kind of grain as well as to the broad range of recipes — a combined dish of broth, vegetables and […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Rotary nearing projects milestone | Journal Courier Rotary nearing projects milestone
The Jacksonville Rotary Club is making a final push to raise the remaining $13,000 needed to reach the club’s $100,000 goal to complete the projects in honor of its 100th anniversary. The Jacksonville chapter of Rotary will turn 100 next year and the club’s members decided to honor the milestone by completing two projects at […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Pool opening for season | Journal Courier Pool opening for season
Nichols Park Pool will open for the season Saturday. Hours will be 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 217-479-4643. http://myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_web-pool.jpg Journal-Courier staff
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Mixon and Knoxville  cemeteries to hold  annual meetings | Jacksonville Progress Mixon and Knoxville cemeteries to hold annual meetings
Two of the oldest cemeteries in Cherokee County, both established in the 1850s, are slated to hold their annual “dinner on the ground” soon.
Jacksonville Progress | May 24, 2017
City offers swimming lessons | Jacksonville Progress City offers swimming lessons
The City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation department is offering swim lessons for ages 4 and older at Buckner Pool. Classes will be taught by WSI Certified instructors with a class size maximum of 10 per session. Classes will last…
Jacksonville Progress | May 24, 2017
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Receives Prestigious Magnet Designation | Jacksonville Progress CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Receives Prestigious Magnet Designation
TYLER – After a years-long application process CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, which includes the Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, have been…
Jacksonville Progress | May 24, 2017
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arriving this week | Jacksonville Daily News Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arriving this week
Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on way for Memorial Day weekend stop in the area. Escort planned on Thursday
Jacksonville Daily News | May 24, 2017
Routt rallies for title | Journal Courier Routt rallies for title
Coach Bob Lonergan had faith in his young Routt baseball team before the season even started. The Rockets didn’t let him down. After falling behind early, the Rockets chipped away and finally took the lead on a three-run home run by freshman Cade Bilbruck en route to an 11-5 win over Mendon Unity in the […]
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
VIDEO: Routt coach Bob Lonergan, on regional win | Journal Courier VIDEO: Routt coach Bob Lonergan, on regional win
Routt coach Bob Lonergan talks about the Rockets’ win over Mendon Unity for the Mendon Regional championship Tuesday at Lenz Field in Jacksonville. VideoID: 72SDTnbgpRE VideoType: YOUTUBE URL: Video Embed String: Video Caption: Video Credit: Video Position: (use the “for files…” link above to associate attached files with this source)
Journal Courier | May 24, 2017
Man sentenced to at least two years in prison for sexually molesting a 14-year-old | Jacksonville Daily News Man sentenced to at least two years in prison for sexually molesting a 14-year-old
A Vietnam veteran will be a registered sex offender until he’s 96 after being convicted of molesting a 14-year-old girl.Paul Crowell, 66, was sentenced Tuesday to two-to-four years in prison and was ordered to be registered as a sex offender for 30 years, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Sweet said. He was found guilty of two counts of indecent liberties with a child on ...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 23, 2017
OCSO: Autopsy today for body found in Stella | Jacksonville Daily News OCSO: Autopsy today for body found in Stella
Few details are available after a body was found along an Onslow County roadway.A body was found by detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday in the 100 block of Stella Road in Onslow County during an investigation into a missing persons case, said Maj. Chris Thomas.The sheriff’s office believes the body to be that of 24-year-old Clifton Daniel McFadden III, Thomas sa...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 23, 2017
Missing man's body found | Jacksonville Daily News Missing man's body found
The body of a missing Onslow County man has been found.The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said a body was recovered in the 100-block of Stella Road in Onslow County on Tuesday while deputies were investigating a missing person case. The body, they said, was not easily visible to passing traffic though it was along the roadway.They believe the body to be that of Clifton Daniel McFadden III but a...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 23, 2017
Routt, Triopia regional title games moved to Lenz Field | Journal Courier Routt, Triopia regional title games moved to Lenz Field
After multiple rainouts, both the Triopia Regional and Mendon Unity Regional championship games will be played at Lenz Field in Jacksonville today. Triopia will play Camp Point Central beginning at 4:30 p.m. in a game continued from yesterday. Camp Point Central is leading 6-2 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning (Camp […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
U.S. Marines, Duke lecturer arrested at Confederate rally | Jacksonville Daily News U.S. Marines, Duke lecturer arrested at Confederate rally
Two U.S. Marines and a Duke University lecturer were among those arrested Saturday during a Confederate Memorial Day rally and counterprotest in Graham’s Court Square.The charges range from assaults on the Alamance County sheriff and Graham police officers to trespassing on the roof of a Graham business.The rally, held by pro-Confederate group Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Cou...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 23, 2017
Motorcyclist dies after crash with tractor | Journal Courier Motorcyclist dies after crash with tractor
MOUNT OLIVE — A Mount Olive man died Monday in a crash between a motorcycle and a tractor, according to an Illinois State Police report. Robert Welsh, 47, of Mount Olive was riding his motorcycle south on U.S. 66 about 5:15 p.m. Monday. He started to pass a tractor being driven by Eric Miller, 57, […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
2 Jacksonville brothers arrested on drug charges | Jacksonville Progress 2 Jacksonville brothers arrested on drug charges
About 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, a narcotic search warrant was executed at the Pine Creek Apartments on Gay Avenue in Jacksonville by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Division and SWAT Team with the assistance of Jacksonville Police Department.
Jacksonville Progress | May 23, 2017
Chief deputy plans run for sheriff | Journal Courier Chief deputy plans run for sheriff
Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Carmody has become the first person to say he’ll be running for sheriff to fill the department’s top role after Sheriff Randy Duvendack retires next year. Duvendack last week announced his intention not to seek re-election to a fourth term as sheriff. He has been in law enforcement for more […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Editorial: Time to close sad chapter in politics for good | Journal Courier Editorial: Time to close sad chapter in politics for good
Illinois politics: The grift that keeps on giving. And nothing defines Illinois politics — at least in recent history — better than Rod Blagojevich. The former governor and current federal prisoner has a never-say-surrender attitude. Unfortunately, that attitude is most apparent in his lack of ability to come to terms with his corruption conviction and […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Commentary: End fear-mongering over healthcare | Journal Courier Commentary: End fear-mongering over healthcare
The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010 with some major promises from the Democrats in Congress and the White House. Those promises included that if you liked your doctor you could keep them, that the cost of healthcare would go down and that you would have more healthcare options. Unfortunately, […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Reader photo: Waiting for somebunny | Journal Courier Reader photo: Waiting for somebunny
A rabbit finds a shady spot to relax for the afternoon. A rabbit finds a shady spot to relax for the afternoon. http://myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_backpage-waitingforsomebunny0523.jpgA rabbit finds a shady spot to relax for the afternoon.
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
County inks letter of intent for animal shelter | Journal Courier County inks letter of intent for animal shelter
Morgan County officials have approved a letter of intent for Trotter General Contractors for construction of a new animal shelter. Commissioners voted Monday to approve the $381,660 bid from Trotter General. The cost does not including a heating-ventilation-air conditioning system. Commissioner Ginny Fanning said Hutchison Engineering will be working with Trotter General and oversee the […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Ready set to go: Long-time fish restaurant up for sale | Journal Courier Ready set to go: Long-time fish restaurant up for sale
GRAFTON — After 50 years in the fish business, Oliver Ready said it’s time to reel it in. Ready, 77, has been involved in the wholesale fish business since he was 13, but went into business for himself in 1967. In 1982, he opened a fish stand in Grafton. Today, the restaurant — O’Jan’s Fish […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Commentary: Worrying about future, in present | Journal Courier Commentary: Worrying about future, in present
The news is all Trump. His ill-considered words and constantly shifting explanations for impulsive actions dominate our public consciousness. In the midst of all that Trump, it is hard to think clearly about the faraway future, beyond our lifetimes. When the future does intrude, it’s in the form of space ships and aliens, imaginary futures […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Oil-cost surge felt at the pump | Journal Courier Oil-cost surge felt at the pump
Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois rose 2 cents a gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with a national average that increased 2 cents to $2.35, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Most Jacksonville stations were at $2.17 […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Local Results (and Carrollton video) from Monday, May 22 | Journal Courier Local Results (and Carrollton video) from Monday, May 22
BASEBALL High School CARROLLTON 4 NOKOMIS 3 Nok 010 020 0 — 3 6 0 Car 010 010 2 — 4 6 2 Pitching: Nokomis—Herpstreith (6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), Archibald LP (1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB), Carrollton— Bowker (5 2/3 IP, […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Onslow teacher 'ambassador' for Forest Service history | Jacksonville Daily News Onslow teacher 'ambassador' for Forest Service history
Dixon Elementary School visual art teacher Beth Howard loves to share the story of meeting the “real” Smokey Bear with her students and proudly shows off the Smokey artwork her first graders make each year during Fire Prevention Week.The real Smokey Bear was rescued from a forest fire in 1950 in New Mexico and lived out his life at the National Zoo, becoming the symbol for the con...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 23, 2017
2-run 7th lifts Hawks | Journal Courier 2-run 7th lifts Hawks
CARROLLTON — Carrollton’s Kyle Waters has been swinging a hot bat lately. The streak continues. With the score tied 3-3 and two out in the bottom of the seventh with runners at second and third, Waters laced a single to left to give the Hawks a 4-3 win over Nokomis in the championship game of […]
Journal Courier | May 23, 2017
Council hears first reading of alcohol training ordinance | Journal Courier Council hears first reading of alcohol training ordinance
The City of Jacksonville approved first reading Monday of an ordinance outlining Beverage Alcohol Sellers/Servers Education and Training, or BASSET, requirements. As of July 1, businesses selling alcohol will have to have at least one employee with BASSET training. City Attorney Dan Beard said businesses have been aware of this for some time but, since […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
JPD investigating geese deaths | Jacksonville Daily News JPD investigating geese deaths
The Jacksonville Police Department is looking into the deaths of a gaggle of geese on Western Boulevard over the weekend.No one had been charged as of late Monday, said Beth Purcell, the media liaison with the police department, but if someone deliberately ran over the geese there could be criminal charges involved.A number of geese were run over in the 1200 block of Western Boulevard late Satu...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 22, 2017
Jacksonville man accused of raping mentally disabled woman | Jacksonville Daily News Jacksonville man accused of raping mentally disabled woman
A 43-year-old Jacksonville man is accused of raping a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman.Justin Shane Bechtel, of Phillips Road, was arrested by the Jacksonville Police Department Saturday and charged with felony second degree forcible sex offense and felony second degree forcible rape.Bechtel is accused of raping a mentally disabled woman between Nov. 18 and April 10, according to warrants.Be...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 22, 2017
Meth lab find in city leads to arrest of five | Journal Courier Meth lab find in city leads to arrest of five
Five people were being held Monday in the Morgan County Jail after a tip the night before resulted in Jacksonville police finding what they said was a methamphetamine lab on the edge of the city. Police went to 1100 N. Clay Ave. about 9 p.m. Sunday based on the information and were given permission to […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
Autopsy: Charles Shackleford died of natural causes | Jacksonville Daily News Autopsy: Charles Shackleford died of natural causes
Nearly four months after the death of NBA star and Kinston resident Charles Shackleford, autopsy and toxicology reports released Monday morning show the cause of his death to be an enlarged heart.According to public documents, Shackleford suffered from an enlarged heart and there were no drugs in his system or foul play suspected. Shackleford was 50-years old. “Please stop the ...
Jacksonville Daily News | May 22, 2017
Parents say more needs to be done to stop bullying | Jacksonville Daily News Parents say more needs to be done to stop bullying
Experiences of Onslow County students show the problem of bullying in schools
Jacksonville Daily News | May 22, 2017
US 67 motorcycle, van crash leaves one dead | Journal Courier US 67 motorcycle, van crash leaves one dead
CARROLLTON — A Hillview man died Sunday after his motorcycle and a car collided along U.S. 67. Illinois State Police said Robert Wear, 68, of Hillview was riding his motorcycle north on U.S. 67 near County Road 1700 North about 5:14 p.m. Authorities said that for some reason his motorcycle crossed the center line and […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
Cass treasurer stepping down for retirement | Journal Courier Cass treasurer stepping down for retirement
VIRGINIA — A longtime Cass County official is resigning from her position at the end of the month to spend more time with her family. Treasurer Micki Wilson said she will be ending her 42-year career with the county to retire. Wilson said her decision came with both regret and excitement, and she has enjoyed […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
The way we were: Tornado cut deadly path in 1883 | Journal Courier The way we were: Tornado cut deadly path in 1883
A pine board was driven into a cherry tree, and a sleeping baby was found in its bed in the limbs of an uprooted tree. These were among the strange things that happened during what history calls “The Literberry Cyclone of 1883,” which was one of the most devastating tornadoes to ever strike Morgan County. […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
Tricky budget at crux of ‘grand bargain’ | Journal Courier Tricky budget at crux of ‘grand bargain’
The Illinois Senate’s “grand bargain” budget compromise is made up of 11 pieces of legislation, three of which are critical to the effort to keep Illinois from entering a third consecutive year without an annual budget plan. The three bills would provide a semblance of financial security after years of wrangling between the Democratic-controlled Legislature […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
Commentary: The artlessness of the deal | Journal Courier Commentary: The artlessness of the deal
What Trump administration appointees lack in reticence, they make up for in certitude. Take Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Just two weeks after being shown his stately office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s South Building, Perdue announced a major makeover of it: He invoked a 2014 Farm Bill directive to create a new USDA […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017
Despite church and scout split, few changes expected | Journal Courier Despite church and scout split, few changes expected
A move by the some groups within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pivot away from Boy Scout-focused programs for teens next year is unlikely to change the face of scouting in the region. Nationally, the church will no longer offer the Boy Scouts of America Varsity and Venturing programs. Instead, it […]
Journal Courier | May 22, 2017