Mt. Vernon Closes City Buildings Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Mt. Vernon Closes City Buildings Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

MT. VERNON – The City of Mt. Vernon announced that all city buildings will close to the public, beginning Monday, as a precaution due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and a change in CDC guidelines for contact tracing. All city employees will still report to work and be available by phone and email to…

Franklin, Williamson Counties Report 28 New COVID-19 Cases

Franklin, Williamson Counties Report 28 New COVID-19 Cases

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – State health officials Sunday reported 4,062 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 24 additional deaths. Dozens of new cases were reported across southern Illinois. Currently, A total of 374,256 cases, including 9,505 deaths, have been reported in Illinois. Local case breakdown: Franklin and Williamson counties: 28 each Jackson County: 16 White…

Early Morning Fire Destroys Vacant Benton Home

Early Morning Fire Destroys Vacant Benton Home

BENTON – The Illinois State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate a house fire that happened early Friday morning at a vacant home on North Grand in Benton. According to the Benton Fire Department, the fire started just before 5 a.m. and endangered some homes near the fire. Firefighters were able to keep…

Equality Man Sentenced for Two Deaths in 2019 Crash

Equality Man Sentenced for Two Deaths in 2019 Crash

CARMI – An Equality man was sentenced Thursday in White County Court for reckless homicide after a contested sentencing hearing that began Monday afternoon and concluded on Thursday. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud said 42-year-old Robbie W. Darnell was sentenced to 30 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory…

New Drive-In Theater at Marion Mall Gets Opening Date

New Drive-In Theater at Marion Mall Gets Opening Date

MARION – A new drive-in theater is set to open Oct. 30 in Marion. Construction has been completed for “The Oasis,” located in the parking lot of the Marion Mall. The Oasis will first host the “Saluki Tailgate Event” prior to the Southern Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University football game. Then, a double…

Overnight Shooting Reported at Lake Logan Apartments

Overnight Shooting Reported at Lake Logan Apartments

CARTERVILLE – Carterville Police and Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting that took place around 3 a.m. at Lake Logan Apartments near John A. Logan College. Police have not released any details about what led to the incident or if anyone was injured. More details will be shared as known.

Almost 5K COVD-19 Cases Reported Thursday Across Illinois

Almost 5K COVD-19 Cases Reported Thursday Across Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – State health officials Thursday reported 4,942 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 44 additional deaths. Since the pandemic began, a total of 360,159 cases, including 9,387 deaths, have been reported statewide. With new cases reported Thursday, Williamson County’s total passed 1,800. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 32 Randolph County: 26…

Pritzker Laying Groundwork for Vaccine Distribution

Pritzker Laying Groundwork for Vaccine Distribution

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois is battling a resurgence of the coronavirus, the governor is laying groundwork for distributing a vaccine when it becomes available. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that vaccines will first go to health care workers battling the virus, long-term care residents and other vulnerable populations. But beyond that, he said the plan will take…

Local Farmer Directs Donation to Franklin County 4-H

Local Farmer Directs Donation to Franklin County 4-H

BENTON – Franklin County farmer Diann Browning recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to Franklin County 4-H. “The Franklin County 4-H program will use these funds to help defer enrollment fees for those in need and 4-H programs within the county. Without the benefit of this donation, the local 4-H…

Cash Bail Elimination Front and Center in Illinois Senate

Cash Bail Elimination Front and Center in Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD – Eliminating cash bail in Illinois was once again front and center at a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday. The Criminal Law and Special Committee on Public Safety heard testimony on the benefits and drawbacks of ending money bonds. Malik Alim, a member of the Coalition to End Money Bonds, said people often sit in…

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