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HEAP Program Starting Early with Increased Income Limit in 2020

WEST FRANKFORT – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Home Energy Assistance Program has started early this year because of the need created by COVID-19. The Crosswalk Community Action Agency is administering the program in Jefferson, Franklin, and Williamson counties. The agency’s energy assistance coordinator, Kim Rutherford, says the program normally sets priority

Man Allegedly Robbed While Jogging Tuesday Night in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a robbery that allegedly happened Tuesday night in the 400 block of South Logan Avenue. According to a press release, officers responded to the scene and learned the victim was jogging in the area when he was tackled to the ground by the suspect. The suspect battered the victim

IDPH Reported Thursday 1,707 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday announced 1,707 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 227,334 cases, including 7,977 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Report – Thursday, August 27

MT. VERNON – On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests. Forty-six-year-old Kristen Carpenter-Sharp of Mt. Vernon was arrested Wednesday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department for Violation of Bail Bond. Thirty-six-year-old Sandra Bauer of Richmond, IN was arrested Wednesday by the MVPD for Driving on a Suspended License Thirty-one-year-old Justin Larcom

Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses Will Now Be Allowed in Herrin

HERRIN – The Herrin City Council approved changing the city’s zoning code to allow adult-use cannabis businesses in Herrin at Monday night’s meeting. Click here to see the ordinance. The council also authorized to sell the City Lake #2 property which encompasses 267 acres. The minimum price will be $1.2 million. According to the Herrin

Stanley Sworn-in as West Frankfort Street Commissioner Tuesday

WEST FRANKFORT – The West Frankfort City Council swore-in Roger Stanley as Street Commissioner at Tuesday night’s meeting. Stanley replaces Tara Fasol-Chambers, who recently resigned after moving to a home outside of the city limits. According to City Clerk Angie Baker Deaton, Stanley was the current Street Superintendent and has worked for the city for