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Session about suicide prevention scheduled at Jacksonville Public Library on February 8: A program titled, “The Things We Don’t Say: Suicide Prevention 101” will take place on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom/in-person.

This 60-minute, peer-led, clinically backed program by Hope For the Day ( teaches individuals:

• A proactive mindset when thinking about mental health and suicide prevention,

• The impact stigma has on individuals and communities,

• How to identify early warning signs of a mental health challenge, and

• Useful tools and ideas to get help for yourself and/or a community member showing signs of a mental health challenge.

This presentation will take place live on Zoom and can be viewed at home, or on the TV in the library’s meeting room. To register to be on Zoom, please email Sarah at to receive the Zoom link. To register to be in-person, please stop by the library or call 217-243-5435. The Jacksonville Public Library is located at 201 W. College Ave.

Benton & Associates, Inc.’s C. Cameron Jones, PE, SIT attains position within the firm: Benton & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce C. Cameron Jones, PE, SIT, has attained the position of Principal of the firm in recognition of his years of service, contributions to our client’s projects and ownership commitment to the future of Benton & Associates, Inc.

Jones has many years of experience in civil engineering design and project delivery, including the following: assisting clients in water and wastewater treatment, collection, distribution and operations along with general civil engineering, surveying and GIS services. Jones leads the firm’s wastewater treatment focused efforts assisting clients in finding the right fit to meet their treatment needs. He enjoys working closely with clients to walk them through the process of concepts through funding, construction and operations. Jones manages the GIS services throughout the company to bring a consistent user-friendly product to the end user.

Jones is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, and a licensed surveyor-in-training in Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Water Environment Association, Water Environment Federation, Illinois American Water Works Association, Illinois GIS Association, Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association and Jacksonville Bible Church. Jones enjoys volunteering his time to his church, the Morgan County Fair and the community as a whole. He resides in the Jacksonville area with his wife and two daughters.

Benton & Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville is a Consulting Engineering Firm providing Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services for both public and private clients in Illinois and Missouri. Services include: Environmental, Transportation, Land Development and Structural Engineering. Visit for more information.

CASSCOMM Support Affordable Connectivity Program available:CASSCOMM, a central Illinois broadband provider is participating in the nationwide program to help keep residents connected. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. The ACP is a federal communications commissions (FCC) program. The Affordable Connectivity Program was created in November 2021 when Congress passed the Infrastructure Act, which provides $14 billion to modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). This program will help provide a discount of up to $30 per month towards broadband services for eligible households. The ability for CASSCOMM to help with this program will give families the ability to keep working at home, connect with telehealth opportunities and even distant learning in the classroom if needed. All customers who are eligible for the program and meet requirements may choose any broadband package that best meets their needs. This will be a monthly credit added to the customer’s bill.

Residents can go to to apply.

Or visit to submit information on the ACO link. CASSCOMM does not approve it here but will get the approval information via customer’s submitted info.

CASSCOMM has offered high quality services to its customers since 1898 and is a family-owned business, providing services for over a hundred and twenty years. CCMI offers Cable TV, Internet and Telephone services to 32 communities and has started rebuilding its communities to offer Fiber to the Home. For more information about CASSCOMM, please visit or call 800-252-1799.

Jacksonville Medical Office Annex opens: A 36,000-square-foot addition to a two-story medical office building on the Jacksonville Memorial Hospital campus has been completed as of Jan. 17 and is now open for use.

The building, which began construction in September 2020, is attached to the north side of an existing 70,700-square-foot medical office building, which opened in June 2013 and is the home of Memorial Care – Jacksonville (formerly Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville) and Springfield Clinic Jacksonville. A walkway connects the original office building to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital.

“This project strengthens the commitment of Jacksonville Memorial Hospital and Memorial Health to increase access to local health care for our surrounding communities in Morgan, Cass, Greene, Scott and Brown counties,” Dr. Scott Boston, president and CEO of Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, says.

The project has also renovated an estimated 10,000 square feet of space in the original medical office building, focusing primarily on existing waiting areas and the radiology suite that Springfield Clinic operates on the ground floor.

Springfield Clinic will occupy the newly constructed space, which will allow more Springfield Clinic specialists from Springfield to visit Jacksonville to see patients. One highlight of the new space includes a state-of-the-art infusion center, with brand new recliners for patients to use while receiving infusion services. Family medicine services and eye services will both relocate from the ground floor to the first floor and will move into a renovated space. Drive-up lab services will also be offered later this year.

“Our need for additional space was evident. This new medical office building will allow us to deliver more health care services to better meet our patients’ health needs,” says Cal Thomas, Springfield Clinic’s chief development officer. “We’re eager to begin serving the community through this new venue.”

Additional parking has been included in the project to accommodate the increased volume of patients who will be receiving care in the expanded medical office building.

BSA LifeStructures of St. Louis is the architect. Harold O’Shea Builders of Springfield is the general contractor. The estimated cost of the project is $20.6 million, which includes renovation, construction and equipment and furniture.

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