Williamson County Tallies 38 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday

Williamson County Tallies 38 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 1,941 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 35 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 266,151 cases, including 8,367 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 38 Jackson County: 26 Franklin County: 10 Randolph County:…

Illinois Marijuana Sales See Increase in August

Illinois Marijuana Sales See Increase in August

CHICAGO (AP) – Adult-use marijuana sales increased  again in Illinois, with over $63 million in sales in August. In all for the month, $63,963,846.90 in sales was reported Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Out-of-state residents accounted for $17,213,875.86 in sales, while in-state residents purchased $46,749.971.04 worth of legal adult-use marijuana products The IDFPR also…

Semi Truck, Trailer Found on Fire on I-57 Near Ullin

Semi Truck, Trailer Found on Fire on I-57 Near Ullin

ULLIN – An investigation is underway after a semi caught fire on I-57 in Pulaski County Wednesday morning. According to a release from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the northbound on-ramp at exit 18 around 3:46 a.m. where they found a semi and trailer on fire. The driver was uninjured and was outside of…

Jackson County Reports West Nile-Infected Mosquitos

Jackson County Reports West Nile-Infected Mosquitos

JACKSON COUNTY – Routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County in 2020. The mosquitoes were collected September 10 in and around Murphysboro, according to a Monday press release by the Jackson County Health Department. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito…

Agreement Reached to Help Advance Cairo Port Project

Agreement Reached to Help Advance Cairo Port Project

CAIRO – The Alexander Cairo Port and American Patriot Container Transport have announced a new agreement which could help advance the Cairo Port project. In a release from American Patriot Container Transport, the two disclosed the Cairo based port will provide intermodal container handling services for the transport company’s new model of ship, which they…

SIU Law Students to Hold Four-Day Voter Registration Drive

SIU Law Students to Hold Four-Day Voter Registration Drive

CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University School of Law students will coordinate a four-day voter registration drive in Carbondale this weekend as part of a national effort to register eligible voters ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. The “All Salukis Vote” effort by the law school’s student chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild is part of…

Shimkus Reminding Workers of Federal Payroll Actions

Shimkus Reminding Workers of Federal Payroll Actions

HARRISBURG – Congressman John Shimkus (R-Harrisburg) is cautioning workers and reminding non-tax filers about recent federal actions. On August 8, President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing employers to defer some Social Security payroll taxes for employees earning less than $4,000 in a biweekly pay period. While the deferral is optional for private sector employers,…

Mt. Vernon Schools to Transition Into Hybrid Learning Schedule

Mt. Vernon Schools to Transition Into Hybrid Learning Schedule

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80, currently on a full-remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, are readying a change to a hybird learning schedule in October. Superintendent Aletta Lawrence said Tuesday students will remain on virtual learning until Friday, October 16th.   Lawrence added she hopes the change to a hybrid schedule…

Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Murdering Father Fit for Trial

Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Murdering Father Fit for Trial

MT. VERNON – A 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been found fit to stand trial in a Jefferson County case charging him with murdering his father. Traviel C. Gibson was charged with three counts murder and one count Class 2 robbery in connection with the May 2020 shooting death of his 48-year-old father Sam J. Gibson in…

Williamson County Leads New Tuesday COVID-19 Cases

Williamson County Leads New Tuesday COVID-19 Cases

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 1,466 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 264,210 cases, including 8,332 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 19 Randolph County: 18 Franklin County: seven Saline County:…

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