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DuQuoin State Fair Sets 2021 Grandstand Lineup

The Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup is set for 2021. In addition to the ARCA and USAC races, the grandstand will play host to eight performers. Fairgoers who purchase grandstand tickets will receive a full refund if COVID-19 prevents the Du Quoin State Fair from being held. Performers for this year’s DuQuoin State Fair

Benton Police Department Scam Warning

Benton Police Department would like to warn citizens of Benton of a scam occurring in our area. The scam consist of a worker dressed in a reflective vest pretending to work for a utility company, solar company, or cleanup company making contact with a home owner. The scammer will attempt to lure the homeowner outside

New EBT & SNAP Retail Option Available for Participants

Springfield – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services announced today that Illinois residents have a new retail option for using Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) online through Instacart.  In a new partnership with ALDI, participants will be able to access fresh food and pantry staples from ALDI via

Free Face Coverings Available from Franklin County EMA

Franklin Co. – In an effort to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency is making over 20,000 cloth face masks available to the public free of charge. The masks are available to any Franklin County citizen who would like one and will be distributed at key locations in

Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for Bevely in Williamson County

Marion – A Preliminary hearing date has been set for Julia Bevely, the woman charged in connection to the murder of 11-year-old Jade Beasley last weekend. According to a release from the Williamson Co. State’s Attorney’s Office, Bevely is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, with each of those counts carrying 20-to-60 years in

Two Injured in Sunday Morning I-57 Accident in Franklin County

Franklin Co. – Two Alabama men are recovering after a wreck on Interstate 57 in Franklin Co. yesterday morning. According to a release from the Franklin Co. Emergency Management Agency, the accident happened around 6:30 on the southbound shoulder of the interstate just north of the Route 149 exit where 23-year-old Lewis Leron Jr. of

Ambulance Involved in Sunday Night Accident in Saline County

Saline Co. – Last night there was an accident in Saline County involving an ambulance. According to a release from the ISP, 25-year-old Brian Skinner of Christopher was driving an ambulance northbound on US 45 at the intersection of Route 142 with light and sirens activated. Skinner approached the intersection with the light on red,

McLeansboro City Council Meets Tonight

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 at City Hall. The council will discuss and possibly act on a December pay request for the water tower project, an amendment to the preliminary engineering report for a new sanitary sewer lift station, passing an ordinance making the annual tax

Public Health Officials Announce 8,691 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD – 8,691 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 90 additional deaths, were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health Monday.   Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 796,264 cases, including 13,343 deaths, in in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov.