Investigation into Carlinville funeral home underway after highly decomposed bodies found, wrongful cremated remains given to families
CARLINVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner and the Sangamon County Sheriff have opened an investigation into the practices of Heinz Funeral Home/Family Care Cremations in Carlinville. Coroner Jim Allmon said, "There have been numerous incidents regarding the identification and treatment of human remains by the above-mentioned funeral home."
Shipman trustee charged with 15 felonies
A Shipman village trustee is charged with 15 felony counts, accused of misusing village funds for personal gain when she served as the village's treasurer. 45-year-old Elizabeth Robinson is charged with two Class 1 counts of felony theft, one Class 2 count of felony theft, one count of felony forgery, one count of felony wire fraud, and 10 counts of felony official misconduct.
Grafton getting into the Halloween spirit
The annual Witches on the Water event will be held in Grafton on Saturday, October 21st, and the proceeds from the event will be donated to a project being overseen by the city council there. The Grafton Veteran’s Memorial Project is a work in progress, and Mayor Mike Morrow tells The Big Z the witches will come out in big numbers to support the effort.
Katie Daniels of Jerseyville, IL
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Grafton Emergency Preparedness Training
Grafton Mayor Mike Morrow, Mayor’s Assistant Justin Cote and Grafton Police Chief Eric Spanton met with Jerseyville Fire Chief Keith Norman, Director Jersey County EMA, to discuss emergency response coordination. Last November, the City of Grafton underwent a tabletop flood exercise with the County and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency ( IEMA ). To build on the lessons learned from last year’s exercise, this year’s training has been focusing on Command, Control and Coordination of materials, volunteers, and programs.
Saginaw-area fall sports highlights: Carrollton wins volleyball showdown with Millington
In a battle between two of the top teams in the Tri-Valley Conference, Carrollton had just enough to get past Millington. After Millington won the first set, 24-26, Carrollton came back to claim 25-20 and 25-18 wins before Millington sent the match to a fifth set with a 25-12 win. In the final set, Carrollton claimed a 17-15 win for the 3-2 victory.
Lincoln Playoff Eligible for First Time in 40 Years After Win Over Jacksonville
The Lincoln Railsplitters defeated the Jacksonville Crimsons 41-28 to earn their 5th win and playoff eligibility. Lincoln has not made the playoffs since the 1984 season. Ki’on Carson scored 3 total touchdowns and Darren Stevens threw for 3 scores in the win. Cam’Ron Mitchell also ran for 3 Crimson touchdowns.
Winchester Public Library introduces STEAM learning
Discover how Winchester Public Library is revolutionizing education with STEAM learning. This innovative approach integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to foster critical thinking and creativity. Tune in to see how this initiative is transforming the learning landscape.
Belvidere North rolls past Auburn, improve to 5-1 on the season
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The Blue Thunder are still very much in the conversation for a NIC-10 championship. They were on the road Friday night against Auburn. The Knights weren’t able to get the ball moving on offense. Belvidere North dominated this matchup winning 35-6. North improves to 5-1 and is ready for a showdown […]
Fundfest Returns to Downtown Saturday, Oct. 7th
One of Jacksonville's newest events is returning to the downtown square on the first Saturday in October. The second annual Jacksonville Main Street Fundfest is Saturday, October 7th. The event was the idea of several Jacksonville business owners last year during a benefit for the late...
Open Your Homes and Hearts: The Dogs Of white hall, IL Need You!
Whether you're thinking about adopting a pet or simply delight in watching cute animals, you'd find a plethora of endearing pets awaiting adoption at animal shelters across and close to white hall..
Letter To The Editor: Annual Anniversary Of Union Miners Event Is Oct. 12
I want you to know about a gun battle that took place on October 12, 1898, in Virden, Illinois. This year is the 125th anniversary of that event. On October 8, in Union Miners Cemetery, located at 5585 Mt Olive Rd, Mt Olive, IL, a commemoration of the battle will be held at noon.
Broom Orchard holds 41st annual Apple Festival
Last weekend, Broom Apple Orchard celebrated 41 years of tradition at its annual Apple Fesitval. As usual, a large turnout was attracted. “This has been an asset to the community because we draw a crowd from all over central Illinois,” Lisa Broom said. “They come to Carlinville to visit the orchard, but then get to see our beautiful community with all its shops, restaurants, and other points of interest that bring business to the town. Our goal has always been that families could come and enjoy the beauty of an orchard without having to pay extra for their experience.”
Area Teams Mostly Fall in AP Coaches Poll for Week 6
Most area teams tumbled on the Illinois AP Football Coaches Poll for Week 6. In 6A, Chatham-Glenwood (4-1) fell out of the Top 10 for the first time this season after last week’s 14-12 loss to Decatur-MacArthur. Chatham moves to honorable mention. They get an even tougher test when they meet Sacred Heart-Griffin.
Local Vietnam Veteran participates in Honor Flight
Randy Bentley, a lifelong resident of Carlinville, was recognized for his service in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War by going on a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight on Sept. 19, 2023. He was accompanied on this trip by one of his sons, Asa Bentley. The honors began...
I-72 maintenance in Morgan County begins Sept. 29
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a 4-mile maintenance project on Interstate 72 in Morgan County, from the Scott County line east to the U.S. 67 interchange, begins Sept. 29. Lane closures will be necessary, but at least one lane of traffic in both directions will be open. Traffic...
Highlights of the QND vs Palmyra Tennis Match
Catch the thrilling highlights from the intense tennis match between QND and Palmyra. Witness the skill, precision, and competitive spirit that defined this unforgettable game. Don't miss out on the best moments from this epic showdown.
Vandals score 59 in improving to 3-1
The Vandals scored on their first play from scrimmage for the second time this season, and held off a stubborn North Mac squad to improve to 3-1 on the season. Leading 35-20 after three quarters, Vandalia outscored North Mac in the final stanza to record a 59-34 win. Quarterback Andrew...
Grafton rolls out ferry survey for the public
You could say it’s “all hands on deck” in Grafton when it comes to the lobbying effort to get ferry service year-round. The city’s Chamber of Commerce recently launched a survey that you can access either by a traditional internet link or through a QR code.
Godfrey Pierce Lane extension update
The Village of Godfrey is in the process of getting all of the paperwork together for an upgrade to a portion of Pierce Lane north of Stamper Lane to Winter Lane. The village board approved a supplemental agreement for land acquisition services at its last meeting. The cost comes in just shy of $154,000.