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Jacksonville Journal Courier (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Jacksonville, Illinois Domestic abuse gels screening fling a 2b Pawnee edges Kou it sports a 3b serf int i or heart of Fancon Dot flax nut in Sui or april 24, Isho Issue i4i volume 185 breaking news at thursday May 21.2015 a a downtown renovations near completion by Nick Draper nor Aper to Civita Smedia com a project to extend Jacksonville a North main Street and fully re open the downtown Square to main Street traffic is nearing completion with just a few Small items remaining. According to project manager Jim Burke of Hutchison engineering the big portion of the construction is Complete a the opening of North main Street from Douglas Avenue to the Square. A we Are Down to a few items a Burke said. A we need to finish up the landscaping some of the signing and then there ill get some miscellaneous grading and shaping in and around the the $3.8-million project began in May of last year and included resurfacing new lighting sidewalks curbs gutters and a new Street scape that included the new Arch above the opening to he Square. Construction Crews from k e Vas co. Have remained on schedule with few snags Burke explained and the project is expected to be fully completed by the deadline of May 30, the Day of Jacksonville a downtown Celebration. Lane closings related to the project have come to an end for As far As Hutchison engineering is aware at the moment. Jacksonville mayor Andy Ezard thanked people for their patience while the w Ork w As completed. The next Lane closures in the City will come from traffic work that w ill be completed on Sandy Street to Douglas Avenue and Mauva Sterre Street to Douglas Avenue As part of contract maintenance work. With the opening onto the Square Burke said traffic will continue to ease off of those streets. Ezard said that once people begin to figure out the flow of traffic and once the City Council has pinned Down parking issues downtown it w ill help ease congestion in that area. He said the appearance of downtown w ill be Good for the Community once its completed. A theres some tidying up to do theres a couple streets that need to be worked on a Ezard said. A but everything has come together in a fashion. I think it really gives our Community a boost to have an attractive downtown. A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to accomplish fart of that beautification includes the lights that match the 1920s-Era lighting found in Central Park and the steel Arch completed by Eli Bridge co. That welcomes visitors onto the Square. The next major downtown project will begin in the Spring. Burke said Hutchison engineering has final plans and specifications for the project that will cover the reconstruction of North main Street from the Railroad tracks to Walnut Street. Nick Draper can be reached at 217-245-6121. Ext 1223. Of on twitter Rock Draper College Hopes to expand Pike offerings by Bre Linstromberg Copper bopper Civita Smedia com Pittsfield a John Wood Community College will expand its presence in Pittsfield to accommodate the need for More non credit courses and More courses designed for High school students wanting a head Start in higher education. Those requests were most frequently heard by College officials during a Community forum held in Pittsfield last summer said Tracy Orne director of Public relations and marketing at John Wood Community College. The Quincy based Community College has offered College level courses at an education Center on West Washington Street in Pittsfield for More than 30 years. The proposed expansion project a the project could involve constructing a new building or renovating an existing Structure a will take the place of the current education Center. A the goal is to have a larger space and better connectivity in terms of offering services and courses though the internet a larger More modernized space Quot Orne said. The project is still in its Early stages Orne said. A your Board is in support of it and we re looking at potential Sites looking at funding options and looking for partnerships to make that new or upgraded space a reality a she said. A a we re see College i 4 a a news obituaries 2a police beat 2a local state 2-4a lottery results 4a nation world 5a commentary 6 a puzzles 7a records 8a b fling fling 1-2b sports 3-4b comics 5b classifieds 6-7b Bac Page 8b weather 8b to it &Quot,r44i 68"i int join the conversation what s your take on today a news go to and visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts. Samantha Mcd Arael Ogletree i journal courier Jacksonville officer Olivia Mefford left and Esda director Phil Mccarty wait outside passavant area Hospital for the Start of the ride of silence bicycle ride wednesday night. Board makes Turner project updates by Samantha Mcdaniel Ogletree Mcdaniel ii Civita Smedia com the Jacksonville District 117 school Board approved the issuance of the Bonds for the Turnerjr. High school project. The Board voted to approve the issuance of $32 million in Bonds for the project to be paid for in 25 years. District 117 superintendent Steve Ptacek said because of the current state of the Economy now is the time for the District to Issue As Many Bonds As possible which could allow for additional projects at other schools. A i recommend that we maximize what we can get with these interest rates at this time Quot Ptacek said Ptacek said the District will have up to than years to spend the additional funds. The Baal also discussed the five a so onding companies for the project construction manager. A committee that reviewed the qualifications of the companies narrowed the companies to of Shea builders of Springfield Holland construction sen ices of Swansea and Core construction of Morton. Ptacek said each company has experience working in buildings that remain open for business. Each company will give present at ions at a special meeting on june 3 at 6 . In the Jacksonville High school cafeteria. Ptacek also announced that he along w Ith several Turnerjr. High school representatives will by accompanying blvd to several Junior High schools today to Hgt of at potential ideas for the Turner project. The Hoard also approved the Job description for an owners representative w to would report to the District and represent its interest on the project. A Tacek said the District would look for a retired construction worker or architect who would by Able to represent the districts interest on the project without having any other interests. Ptacek said head Tike to have someone hired at the june 17 meeting so that All the major roles in the Turner project Are hired. A a in a like to have the entire Trio hired so we can really get this Hall rolling Quot Ptacek said. The next step in the project w ill he to View a mock up of potential areas. Blvd will set up a mock up at another site that will allow teachers to View potential spaces and give suggestion on june 8. Then then will by a Community engagement process in which the Community will also be Able to share ideas. Blvd will also have its first designs for the building at the set Board i 4a it i Hun inn it Btu a Iii in v mph Ai the i iou Ilion la t ii but lion $10,000 grand prize be. 111 education drawing 13 chances to win a prize i Luke Shum or 3 for $2$ i $1,000 Cash prize a 4 $500 Cash prizes a 7 $250 Cash prizes the believe in education drawing it the signature fundraiser for the Jacksonville Public schools foundation tickets Are available at Alt District #117 schools the journal courier. A fact weds radio station. County Market. The Farmers state Bank amp Trust co. Jacksonville savings Bank Premier Bank. Passavant Hospital gift shop bos Bank of Springfield Jones meat amp l Ocker Styfel Nicolaus. First state Bank of Winchester in Murrayville and Hutchison engineering a re a Ai a having a quiet ride

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