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Mississippi Man Jailed, Charged for Drug Trafficking

Mississippi Man Jailed, Charged for Drug Trafficking

MT. VERNON – A 36-year-old Mississippi man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $500,000 following his arrest last week in connection with an Illinois State Police investigation into drug trafficking. Corey Frierson was arrested July 30 and taken to the jail in Mt. Vernon. He was formally charged in Jefferson County…read more »

Eldorado Memorial Library Receives Around $25K for Tech, At-Risk Youth Mentoring

Eldorado Memorial Library Receives Around $25K for Tech, At-Risk Youth Mentoring

ELDORADO – The Eldorado Memorial Public Library District has received a Project Next Generation (PNG) grant to help provide technology and mentoring to at-risk youth. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White made the announcement of more than $500,000 in grant money to libraries across the state on Wednesday, with just over $25,000 going to the Eldorado Memorial…read more »

Pritzker Announces $40M in Funds Toward Cairo River Terminal

Pritzker Announces $40M in Funds Toward Cairo River Terminal

CAIRO – Governor J.B. Pritzker visited Cairo Tuesday afternoon, announcing $40 million in funding from Rebuild Illinois into the Cairo River Terminal Project during a public gathering within the city. The governor noted the first four million dollars will immediately be available to the Alexander Cairo Port District to fund portions of the project, of…read more »

Two Carbondale Residents Arrested on Gun Charges

Two Carbondale Residents Arrested on Gun Charges

CARBONDALE – Two Carbondale residents are facing charges after Carbondale Police responded to the 600 block of E. Main St. regarding a report of shots fired just after 1:30 p.m. Monday. An investigation led to the arrests of 25-year-old Tevin D. Kirby for aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful…read more »

New COVID-19 Cases Reported Across Southern Illinois

New COVID-19 Cases Reported Across Southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 1,471 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Jackson County: 16 Williamson County: nine Johnson County: five Franklin, Hamilton and Saline counties: three each Union County: one All cases are in isolation. Currently, IDPH is…read more »

Pritzker: Southern Illinois COVID-19 Outbreak Worse Than Chicago

Pritzker: Southern Illinois COVID-19 Outbreak Worse Than Chicago

CARBONDALE – During a stop Tuesday in Carbondale, Governor J.B. Pritzker warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is now worse in southern Illinois than it is in Chicago. Pritzker said he visited Jackson County because the COVID-19 pandemic, which once seemed tame in Carbondale and throughout the entire region, is surging in the area. He said if changes…read more »

IL-146 Railroad Crossing in Ware to Close August 12

IL-146 Railroad Crossing in Ware to Close August 12

WARE – The Union Pacific railroad crossing in Ware is set to close August 12. According to a release from Union Pacific, the crossing on IL 146 will close at 7 p.m. next Wednesday morning and until approximately 6 p.m. Thursday with crews removing and replacing the railroad crossing surface. Traffic will not be permitted…read more »

Police Searching for Two Missing Carbondale Teens

Police Searching for Two Missing Carbondale Teens

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Police Department is asking for help in locating two missing juveniles (photos below). According to a release from the city of Carbondale, 14-year-old Mark O. Cooper and 16-year-old Abrahim Cooper were last seen at around 6:00 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of W. Owens St. in Carbondale Mark is described…read more »

Pritzker to Visit Carbondale, Make Multiple Stops in Cairo Tuesday

Pritzker to Visit Carbondale, Make Multiple Stops in Cairo Tuesday

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Governor J.B. Pritzker will make multiple stops in southern Illinois Tuesday. The governor will join local leaders to discuss the COVID-19 response in Jackson County at 10:30 a.m. in Ballroom B at the SIU Student Center in Carbondale. The governor will additionally make three stops in Cairo, first touring a local food drive at…read more »

Reported COVID-19 Cases Reach 63 in Southern Illinois Monday

Reported COVID-19 Cases Reach 63 in Southern Illinois Monday

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday announced 1,298 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 10 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Union County: 22 Williamson County: 14 Franklin County: nine Jackson County: six White County: four (two isolated at home, two statuses in progress) Saline County:…read more »

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