IDNR Announces Habitat Fund Project Grants

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the approval of more than $737,500 in grants for 11 wildlife habitat projects through the Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program. The program enhances game and non-game wildlife habitat through projects developed by not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities. Funding for the

Man Sentenced for October 2018 Arson in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a Jefferson County jury this summer found him guilty of residential arson. Perice Ladd was given credit Friday for 238 days already served in the Jefferson County Jail since his October 2018 arrest in connection with a suspicious

Peabody Announces Closure of Southern Illinois Coal Mine

EQUALITY – A coal company announced Monday that it will be permanently closing part of its mining operations in southern Illinois just before Christmas. Peabody announced Monday that it will be closing the Wildcat Hills Underground Mine and the Willow Lake Preparation Plant near Equality. According to WSIL-TV, Peabody sent employees a letter saying the

Herrin Police Report

HERRIN – This is the Herrin Police Department weekly arrest report for Oct. 1-6, 2019. Devin L. Switzer, Age 40 From: Herrin, IL Arrested on 10-01-2019 for theft. Switzer was transported to the Williamson County Jail. Jerry R. Rice Jr., Age 38 From: Zeigler, IL Arrested on 10-04-19 for disorderly conduct. Rice was transported to

Volunteer-Based Fire Departments In Need of Volunteers

MT. VERNON – Rural fire departments nationwide are facing similar challenges in its mission to protect the public. They need more volunteers, and they need to retain those volunteers long-term. Woodlawn Fire Protection District Chief Bill Shega says his department has about 12 volunteers right now, and they need more. He says there are risks