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Pharmacy changing service focus

The rising cost of filling prescriptions is largely behind a decision by The Medicine Shoppe in Jacksonville to shut down the retail portion of its operations. Owner Beaux Cole said the Jacksonville store will discontinue filling prescriptions and move its focus elsewhere to remain financially viable. The West Morton Avenue business still will offer compounding and compliance packaging, which labels what medicines have to be taken at what time to help patients and healthcare providers keep medications in order. Cole has owned The Medicine Shoppe for five years and said he is disappointed he no longer will be able to continue some services for his hometown. Any prescriptions not transferred from The Medicine Shoppe by April 26 will be sent to CVS. The continued rise in fees collected through Medicare have led to the change, Cole said. "Just for the Jacksonville stores, fees were around $15,000 a month," he said. "These fees would come six months after we've filled the prescription. The way they were being applied made it impossible for us to know if we are losing money." The fees grew continuously from 2016 until last year, when they became too high for the store, Cole said. The Medicine Shoppe would be reimbursed for the cost of the medicine, but months later it would be assessed a fee, Cole said. "We were bringing in well below what we needed to function," Cole said. "It was below what it cost for us to purchase the drug. It was unsustainable and it continues to get worse." The changes will lead to some layoffs for the 10 employees who work there, although he is not sure how many will remain on staff, Cole said. "I've reached out to several to stay on and am waiting to hear from them what their plans are," he said. "They are looking at all...

Yale men’s basketball coach James Jones is in the mix for St. John’s job

James Jones has had unprecedented success in his 20 years as Yale men's basketball head coach. Yet for some reason, he has rarely been approached by other schools looking to fill a vacancy. There were talks with Fordham a few years ago, and a few inquiries from other smaller programs over the years, but never any real feelers from high-major Division 1 programs. Until now. Jones has interviewed for the St. John's job that was recently vacated by Chris Mullin. He had yet to be offered the job as of Wednesday, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser turned down an offer to replace Mullin on Tuesday, and UMBC coach Ryan Odom seemed to back out of the running on Wednesday. Iona coach Tim Cluess has also interviewed for the job and appeared to be the leader in the clubhouse until Moser was offered the job earlier this week. Rick Pitino has publicly clamored for the job (not happening), and more recently campaigned for former Johnnies great Mark Jackson to get it. Jones may not generate the same kind of buzz, but there's little reason to think he isn't as qualified as most of the other candidates. Jones, 55, is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in Yale history. He's led the Bulldogs to a pair of Ivy League titles and NCAA tournament appearances over the past four seasons; the program hadn't been to the Big Dance since 1962. Even more impressive has been Jones' consistency: since his second season on the job in 2000-01, Yale has finished at least fourth in the Ivy League every year. Jones has made it a point to put together a challenging non-conference schedule in recent...

Police news for Tuesday, April 16

Three arrested on meth charges Three Jacksonville residents were arrested Monday morning after police found a methamphetamine lab in a vacant home on North East Street. Karl V. Miller, 37, of 920 N. East St. and Nicky D. Stevenson, 41, of 1005 King St. were arrested on charges on unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and unlawful use of property for methamphetamine manufacturing. Shannan D. Miller, 42, of 605 Locust St. was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursor. The Jacksonville Police Department responded to a report of people inside a vacant residence in the 900 block of North East Street at 8:26 a.m. and officers discovered a methamphetamine lab inside, according to a police department news release. The Morgan County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group and the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted with the investigation. - Jacksonville Police ACCIDENTS • Clarence L. Watts, 70, of Jacksonville was cited for failure to yield after police say the vehicle he was driving failed to yield and hit a vehicle driven by Destiny A. Pygott, 24, of Winchester at the intersection of East Independence Avenue and North Main Street at 4:50 p.m. Monday. ARRESTS, CITATIONS • Kellen D. Dixon, 30, of 924 Allen Ave. was booked into the Morgan County jail at 2:11 a.m. Saturday on a charge of resisting a peace officer. • Steven R. Holder, 28, of 802 S. Diamond St. was booked into the Morgan County jail at 3:38 a.m. Sunday on a charge of resisting a peace officer after police said he resisted arrest on a out-of-county warrant accusing him of failing to appear in court on a contempt of...