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New details in Meredosia police chief domestic assault case
New details in the case of Meredosia’s current police chief have been revealed in a story released in Saturday’s Jacksonville Journal Courier. According to the local paper’s report, 48 year old Curtis W. Williams, of rural Chambersburg, held a gun to the back of a woman’s head and threatened to shoo
83 percent of Jacksonville teachers stay put; average earns $45,656.01 per year
More than 83 percent of teachers stay at Jacksonville High School year to year, according to the 2018 three-year average in the latest Illinois schools report card. The Illinois State Board of Education records data concerning faculty salary, retention and attendance because maintaining a stable fac
Study says Morgan County drivers among least safe near schools
A recent comprehensive study of people driving dangerously near schools in the United States says folks in Morgan County, Illinois are among the worst offenders. Zendrive, a driving analytics company, ranked Illinois one of the worst states in the country for dangerous drivers near schools. The data
Crime of the Week: Counterfeit monies
The Jacksonville Police Department has been investigating the recent ongoing circulation of counterfeit currency. Law enforcement officials are encouraging area businesses to be diligent in the use of counterfeit markers. Police are also stressing that consumers should check the change they receive
Principal Chipman on South School renovation progress
The lone South Jacksonville representative in the collection of district 117 buildings has been given a makeover in 2018. With plans to continue making improvements in the near future, the school’s administration is excited to show off the progress made so far.
Amber Alert issued after thieves steal car with 13-month-old in backseat in Illinois
FARMINGTON, ILL. (KMOV.com) - An Amber Alert was issued Saturday afternoon after a group of men stole a car with a infant inside at a gas station in Farmington, Illinois. Police said 13-month-old Bentley Dutz was in the backseat of a gold 2000 Ford Taurus with Illinois license plates AT70987 when th
Looking at 2019 Jacksonville aldermen races
The Jacksonville City Council could look a bit different in the coming months with six local aldermanic races, some of which are contested and others uncontested. Of the six aldermanic races in 2019, four of them will feature multiple candidates running for the same position, while the other two rac
Carriage rides, caroling and a peek at plans for Illinois Avenue on tap for next Saturday
MENDOTA — A group in Mendota has big hopes and plans for Illinois Avenue and they’ll unveil some of them next weekend during a festive event for residents of Mendota and the rest of the community. From 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 on Illinois Avenue, there will be carriage rides offered to those who
Buchheit raises funds for foundation
Buchheit of Jacksonville raised $319.50 for the Mia Ware Foundation. Hundreds of customers and staff raised funds by purchasing donation cards, color-changing cups, wristbands, and No One Fights Alone t-shirts during October to benefit local community members in Jacksonville.
Sheriff McMillen details how police handled yesterday’s bomb threat at Boyd
Law enforcement officials are providing additional details regarding yesterday’s bomb threat to a hospital in Greene County that was ultimately determined to be a hoax. Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton was one of many targets throughout Illinois and the country of anonymous threats reg
Charging documents allege police chief pointed gun at woman’s head
Meredosia, Il (WGEM) — Charging documents against the Meredosia, Illinois, chief of police allege that he pointed a firearm at a woman’s head. The documents, submitted by the Pike County State’s Attorney, state that Curtis Williams knowingly held a firearm to the back of a woman’s head and threatene
Kincaid man sentenced to 45 years for attempted murder
KINCAID, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A judge in Christian County sentenced Larry Scott, 36, of Springfield, to 45 years in prison for attempted murder causing great bodily harm. Scott will serve 85 percent of his sentence.
Chapin Village Board holds monthly meeting
Water and sewer payments will no longer be accepted at Chapin State Bank due to the upcoming merger of Jacksonville Savings Bank and CNB Bank. A 24-hour drop box for payments has been installed at village hall.
Illinois hunter bags 51-point buck, possibly one of the ‘largest bucks ever shot in America’
An Illinois hunter’s 51-point kill may be one of the “largest bucks ever shot in America,” the state Department of Natural Resources announced this week. Keith Szablewski, of Johnston City, shot and killed the deer in November during the first weekend of the shotgun season in the state, WSIL-3 repor
Suspect on the loose after he hit and injured 2 Alton, Illinois police officers with a car
ALTON, Ill. – Police are looking for a man who struck and injured two officers with his car Friday morning in Alton. Around 3:40 a.m., Alton police responded to a report of a man with a gun at a home in the 1000 block of Tremont Street. During the investigation, officers discharged their weapons at
Woodson man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated criminal sexual assault
A Woodson man will spend perhaps the next three decades behind bars after being sentenced for aggravated criminal sexual assault. According to court documents, 55-year old Robert Schwalb was sentenced in Morgan County court on Friday to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for various
Temporary replacement of open board seat discussion continues tonight
The Jacksonville School District 117 Board of Education will meet in a special session this evening to continue discussing a temporary replacement of an open Board seat. The special session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will start with the closed session which will allow the Board to officially determ
Illinois State Police plan to increase patrols to 24-hours
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX)- Illinois State Police will soon be increasing its patrols on the highways in interstates throughout District 16. Since the 1990’s, District 16 has been operating on two 10-hour shifts to cover patrols. This schedule left a four hour gap between 2-6 AM with no patrols.
Report: 12.5% of MacMurray College students repaying loans are in default
Out of 192 MacMurray College students repaying loans in 2015, 24 were in default, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education. That gives the four-year private school in Jacksonville a default rate of 12.5 percent for that year – 0.2 percentage points lower than in 2014
Fire in Virginia leaves family of 8 without a home, Christmas gifts
An overnight fire destroyed a home in Virginia, though thankfully no one was injured. WLDS/WEAI News received a report this morning of a recent house fire in Virginia in the 100 block of East Sylvan Street.