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The Governor Duncan Association presents Duncan Christmas Gala Fest. An organization supporting one of the oldest historic sites in Jacksonville will round up the year’s activities with its annual Christmas Gala event to benefit the Governor Duncan Mansion on Tuesday, December 6, at Hamilton’s. This fundraising event will showcase live and silent auctions along with entertainment by Devon Carpenter and a sumptuous three-course meal.

Audra Fanning, chairman of the Holiday Gala fundraising event, said, “The Gala is a great way to kick off the holidays while helping support our efforts to preserve the Governor’s mansion. We are appreciative of the community’s support to make this event so successful.” Susan Hardin, Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) house chair of the Duncan Mansion, noted that proceeds of the event go specifically toward restoring and maintaining the 180-year-old mansion. The mansion was built by Joseph and Elizabeth Duncan in 1834 during the time that Duncan served as governor of Illinois. The residence served as the official executive mansion and family home during his term, which lasted from 1834-1838. Today, the home is owned and operated by The Rev. James Caldwell Chapter NSDAR, whose members provide tours of the historic structure. In 1971, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, a number of restoration projects to stabilize the structure and create a more accurate historical representation of the time period of the Duncan’s residence have been completed. The gala will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a festive seasonal dinner at 6:30 p.m. Crowning the occasion will be the live auction conducted by Jess Spradlin at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $40.00. Reservations are also available for tables of 8 at $320.00. To make reservations or for more information, contact the Brittany Henry at 217-243-5678 or 217-371-2602. The Governor Duncan Association is a non-profit organization that has a mission to preserve the building and grounds of the Duncan Mansion. For more information about the Governor Duncan Mansion, visit

KM_C368-20161115135341Gertrude L. Jones celebrates 100th birthday. Gertrude “Trude” L. Jones of Jacksonville, Illinois, formerly of Pike County, celebrated her 100th birthday with an open house on Saturday, November 19, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Cedarhurst Assisted Living facility, 2225 West Morton Avenue, Jacksonville. She was born November 16, 1916, near Martinsburg, Illinois, to Fred J. and Mable (Roberts) Durr. On February 12, 1939, she married Paul V. Jones in Pittsfield, Illinois. They were blessed with four children; Patricia, Ronald (who died in infancy), James and Jennifer (who passed away in 2013). Paul passed away in 2002, after 61 years of marriage. Trude has three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She also has three step grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren. She invited all of her friends and relatives to join in the festivities, which were followed by a fireworks display. She is a member of Wesley Chapel and also a member of Nancy Ross Chapter of DAR. She requested no gifts, but birthday cards were (and belated still are) welcome. Her address is: Cedarhurst, 2225 West Morton Ave., Apt. 28, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650.

Passavant Area Hospital earns Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has selected Passavant Area Hospital, a Memorial Health System affiliate, as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community. Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. Passavant Area Hospital offers total hip and knee replacement as part of its JointWorks program. JointWorks provides each patient with a case manager and a team of orthopedic specialists and nursing staff who specialize in joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation to work with patients each step of the replacement process. JointWorks also assists the spouse or loved one learns the best ways to provide support and encouragement to the patient. Passavant performs nearly 300 joint replacement procedures each year. Passavant’s team of orthopedic surgeons includes Darr Leutz, MD, and Barry Werries, MD. Dr. Leutz is affiliated with Springfield Clinic; Dr. Werries is affiliated with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. “I want to congratulate Passavant for this commitment to quality, and helping members better manage their care through the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program,” says Opella Ernest, MD, BCBSIL chief medical officer and divisional senior vice president of Network Management. “This patient centered approach provides attention to patients across the health care spectrum – from helping our members who are the sickest utilize medical services more efficiently, to finding ways that enable healthy people to stay that way.” For more information about the program and a listing of designated facilities, visit

j-curry-lamb-engagement-picRachel Curry and Jed Lamb announce engagement. The parents of Rachel Ann Curry of Carlinville and Jed Kirk Lamb of Greenfield announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ray and Gayla Curry of Hannibal, Missouri, and Keith and Kathy Ushman of Manchester. She graduated in 2003 from Carlinville High School and in 2007 from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Currently, she is employed by CVS/pharmacy as lead pharmacy technician in Jacksonville, where she also freelance writes for The Source Newspaper. The groom-elect is the son of Robert J. Lamb of Wrights and Bax and Donna Maggart of Greenfield. He graduated in 2002 from Greenfield High School and in 2005 from Lewis and Clark Community College of Godfrey with an associate’s degree in general studies. Currently, he is employed by Dot Foods, Inc., as an order selector in Mt. Sterling. The couple is planning a wedding in Rockbridge for Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Rockbridge United Methodist Church.
music-man Jacksonville’s Johan Hutton will take the lead role of Harold Hill in the Springfield Theatre Centre’s production of “The Music Man Jr.” The show opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, and will run December 2-4 and 9-11. Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for all patrons. Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, “The Music Man, Jr.” features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. “The Music Man Jr.” is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. Bursting with the rambunctious energy that only a white rabbit show can, “The Music Man Jr.” is sure to delight young and old alike! Tickets for “The Music Man Jr.” are available by calling the box office at 217-523-2787 or online at

2016-morgan-county-bar-assoc-photoMorgan County Bar Association Thanksgiving luncheon at Hamilton’s

The current president of the bar is Chad Turner.
Our guest in the picture is attorney Dennis Orsey from Granite City, Illinois, who is a candidate for office with the Illinois State Bar Association.

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