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Annual Flu Bowl event to be held October 5 and 6:
The Morgan County Health Department will offer flu shots for persons age 6 months and older at the Jacksonville High School Bowl on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 1-6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

This year, your Morgan County Health Department will have Quadrivalent vaccine available for children and adults. They will also have higher dose flu vaccine available upon request for adults age 65+ or with certain medical conditions.

Flu shots given by the Morgan County Health Department cost $0 out of pocket with most major insurances, including Medicare Part B and Illinois Medicaid.

As a reminder, the health department asks that individuals verify their insurance benefits and eligibility prior to seeking services. This will both “save time in line” for clients and help minimize unexpected out of pocket costs. For more detailed information on this topic, visit the health department’s event page at

Individuals may also purchase Quadrivalent flu shots for $45. Higher Dose Flu shots are available for $85 each. Services payable via cash or check.

The Morgan County Health Department encourages everyone age 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Our annual clinic at The JHS Bowl is a quick and easy way to get your vaccination, and show support for your local health department. The flu shot still remains your number one way to prevent getting the flu.

The David Strawn Art Gallery season has been updated:
The 2023-2024 gallery season will be as follows:

September 9-24, 2023
Matt Jagitsch – One White Pencil Drawing

October 7-29, 2023
Toni Long – Acrylic on Canvas Paintings

November 4-26, 2023
Erin Furimsky – Ceramic Sculpture & Jewelry
Carolyn Sommer – Mixed Media Collage

December 2-22, 2023
Ryan Brown – Woodwork
Lou Zale – Altered Images

January 13-28, 2024
Greg Lepper – Photography
Doug Rahn – Photography

February 3 -25, 2024
Joanna Marsh – Acrylic on Canvas Paintings

March 2-31, 2024
Ben Kaplan – Digital Collage

April 6-28, 2024
Toni Freesen – Acrylic on Canvas Paintings

May 4-26, 2024
Pen Brady – Contemporary Wildlife Art
Meghan Tippy Reese – Contemporary Sterling Jewelry

The David Strawn Art Gallery is located at 331 W. College Ave. in Jacksonville. Galley hours are free and open to the public.

Rep. Davidsmeyer Photo Contest deadline Oct. 1 — Selected work to be displayed at the Capitol office:
State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) is inviting everyone in the 100th District to participate in his photo contest to help update the decor in his Capitol office in Springfield. People of all ages are encouraged to take a picture of a place, object or an event in the 100th District and email the picture with contact information to

Information to include with submissions:

First Name, Last Name, Mailing Address, E-mail Address and Phone Number.

“We are fortunate to have many amazing people, places and fun events throughout the 100th District,” commented Rep. Davidsmeyer. “With many mobile phones having camera capabilities these days, it is easier to capture images of nature or places you come across unexpectedly that help tell the history and story about Illinois. I receive great comments about the photos from many visitors to my Capitol office from around the state and across the country.”

The photo contest runs through 2023 with winners chosen at three different times throughout the year. Topics to consider include farms, factories, historical landmarks, wildlife, sunrises over a lake and moments of interesting weather patterns. The first round of pictures were accepted up to July 15 with the first winner selected from Winchester in Scott County.

The next deadline for the second round of photos is set for October 1, and the last deadline for the 2023 photo contest will be December 15. Individuals whose pictures are selected will have their photo framed and hung in Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer’s Springfield Capitol office and will be invited to Springfield to have their photo taken in the office once it has been displayed.

The 100th District includes all or portions of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Morgan, Pike and Scott counties. You may visit for a map of the 100th District. Please contact Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer at 217-243-6221 if you have any questions or by email at

Bishop S. John Roth retiring:
The Reverend S. John Roth will retire August 31 at the completion of his second six-year term as bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to his election in 2011, Roth served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville for 23 years. He earned master’s degrees at Christ Seminary-Seminex (St. Louis) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Chicago) as well as a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (Nashville). Roth and his wife, Kristina, continue to reside in Jacksonville.

Reflecting on his career in ministry, Roth said, “I am so grateful to God and to the widely-flung varieties of people who have gifted me with their trust in me, both in the congregations where I served as pastor and in the church body where I have served as bishop. This trust is an amazing privilege.”

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