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Report of Shots Fired Early Thursday Morning in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Old West Main Street around 1:10 Thursday morning. According to a Carbondale Police press release, officers learned the shots struck two homes and two vehicles. No suspect information is available at this time. No injuries were reported. Anyone with

Jefferson County Property Tax Bills to Be Mailed in the Next Week

MT. VERNON – Although delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, 2019 real estate tax bills in Jefferson County will be mailed soon. Jefferson County Treasurer Bob Watt announced that the bills will be mailed by Aug. 10, with the first installment of the bill due Sept. 10, and the second installment will be due Nov.

5th Annual Backpack Block Party is Back Saturday

MT. VERNON – Linola Spann with the help of local churches and community businesses have set out to collect 1,000 backpacks for area students this school year. The fifth year for the Backpack Block Party might be the biggest yet as the event moves to a new home in Veterans Park this Saturday at 11

MVTHS Foundation Supporting Two Large Technological Advances

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Township High School Foundation is raising money in support of two very large technological projects in the Fine Arts Wing. The money raised will go towards the completion of both the music recording studio at the high school as well as theater sound and visual monitor systems. Superintendent Melanie Andrews

Harrisburg School District Modifies Back to School Plan

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg School District has modified its return to school plan after receiving feedback from parents and guardians along with seeing a large number of students register for online learning. The first day of school has been pushed back to Aug. 19, and school days will now be from 8 a.m. to noon

Report of Shots Fired in Carbondale Wednesday Night

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired around 10:20 Wednesday night in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane. According to a Carbondale Police press release, officers learned that an unknown suspect or suspects fired shots at two victims from a gold Cadillac, then fled the area in the Cadillac in

Inmate in Marion Federal Prison Dies of COVID-19

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons say an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion has died of complications from COVID-19. The Bureau of Prisons revealed Wednesday that 65-year-old Earl James died Sunday after testing positive for the virus on July 22. Prison officials did not say why James, a

IDPH Reported 1,953 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday announced 1,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 188,424 cases, including 7,594 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total