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Windhorst Reiterates Importance of Being Counted in the Census

METROPOLIS – With the deadline for being counted in the 2020 census moved up to the end of September from the original pushback date of the end of October, it’s now crunch time as census takers start going door-to-door this week. State lawmakers are joining in the chorus of leaders urging residents to make sure

Severe Storms Rip Through Southern Illinois Monday Night

BENTON – Some severe storms ripped through our area Monday night. In Franklin County multiple downed power lines were reported along with trees and power outages. Several trees were reported downed on roadways. Utility crews were called out to restore power. Residents and visitors were told to travel if it was necessary with extreme caution.

Franklin County Courthouse Demolition Underway in Benton

BENTON – The Franklin County Courthouse on the Benton Square is now one big pile of rubble. Demolition got underway Monday on the structure and will continue for two weeks. Barriers have been installed around the courthouse to help protect motorists driving around the square and crews working on the demolition. Once demolition is finished, the remainder of

IDPH Monday Reported 1,319 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday announced 1,319 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including one additional confirmed death. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 195,399 cases, including 7,637 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total

Ridgway Woman Arrested for DUI in Carmi

CARMI – A Ridgway woman was taken into custody early Sunday morning after a traffic stop by Carmi Police led to her being arrested for DUI. According to a Carmi Police report, 24-year-old Kara M. Braun was pulled over at the corner of 6th and Crebs just after midnight Sunday for using a cell phone

2020 Fort Massac Encampment Canceled

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Monday announced the 2020 Fort Massac Encampment, slated for Oct. 17-18 at Fort Massac State Park, will be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The Fort Massac Encampment is one of southern Illinois’ most treasured and popular fall festivals, drawing thousands of people from across

Man Charged Following Early Sunday Morning Disturbance in McLeansboro

MCLEANSBORO – A man is facing charges following a reported domestic disturbance in McLeansboro early Sunday morning. According to McLeansboro Police Chief Nathan Taylor, officers responded to the 400 block of East Cherry Street for a report of a woman screaming around 3:15 a.m. Chief Taylor says when officers arrived, they discovered a domestic disturbance

Shots Fired Reported in Carbondale Early Monday Morning

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired in the 400 block of South Beveridge around 12:40 this morning. According to a Carbondale Police press release, when officers arrived they learned the shots struck a home and caused damage. No suspect information is available at this time. No injuries were reported. Anyone