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Jim Morris Sworn in as McLeansboro’s New Fire Chief Tuesday

MCLEANSBORO  – Jim Morris was sworn in as McLeansboro’s new Fire Chief at Tuesday night’s McLeansboro City Council meeting. Morris replaces LeRoy Browning, who recently retired after serving as chief since 2003. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, a representative from Shawnee Professional Services updated the council on the new water tower project, saying it is more

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Report – Wednesday, August 12

MT. VERNON – On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Thirty-seven-year-old Adam Pride of Flora was arrested Tuesday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department for Obstruction of Justice/Providing False Information, Possession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Retail Theft, and Violation of Bail Bond. Nineteen-year-old Thorsen Young of Mt. Vernon was

Harrisburg Schools Push Back School Start Date

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg School District announced changes to their return to school plan for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday. The first day of school has been moved back to Monday, Aug. 24. It was set to begin on Aug. 19. Also, for at least the first 9 weeks of the school year, in-person

IDPH Reported Tuesday 1,549 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 1,549 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 196,948 cases, including 7,657 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Report – Tuesday, August 11

MT. VERNON – On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests. Thirty-four-year-old Damaris Shea of Robinson was arrested by the JCSO Monday for Burglary. Forty-six-year-old Leanna Weaver of Mt. Vernon was arrested by the MVPD Monday for Violation of Bail bond. Forty-nine-year-old Theresa Hunt of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon

Herrin Police Report

HERRIN – The Herrin Police Department released the following information on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Kirk D. Wallace, Age 52 From: Herrin, IL Arrested on 07-27-2020 for domestic battery. Wallace was transported to the Williamson County Jail. Austin M. Williams, Age 18 From: Murphysboro, IL Arrested on 07-27-2020 for no valid drivers license, operating uninsured