Lane Closure Set for Later This Month on I-64 in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – IDOT says there will be a lane closure on eastbound I-64 at exit 80 in Mt. Vernon starting Wednesday, May 29 and extending through Thursday, May 30. The lane closure is necessary so maintenance crews can repair the structure carrying eastbound I-64 over Illinois 37. The entrance ramp from Illinois 37 to

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Report – May 15

MT. VERNON – On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests. Twenty-eight-year-old Zackery Stumbaugh of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Tuesday for criminal trespass to land/motor vehicle. Twenty-four-year-old Markeyi Sullivan of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Tuesday for domestic battery. Forty-four-year-old Michael Harris of Mt. Vernon


SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from all across Illinois remembered their fallen Tuesday at the Annual Memorial Ceremony in Springfield. Kim Howard has more.  Firefighters form the McLeansboro Fire Department were among four units honored Tuesday with a Unit Citation Award at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Springfield. The award is for an act of service in

McLeansboro Farmers Market Opens May 29

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro Farmers Market is gearing up for another season later this month. Justin Barrow, with the City of McLeansboro, says the Farmers Market will open for the season on Wednesday, May 29 at the corner of Randolph and Jackson. It will be open from noon to 5 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the

Hamilton County Chamber’s ‘Music in the Park’ Begins June 7

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for another season of Music in the Park. Chamber Board Member Bethany Reyling says The Kearney Brothers will kick things off on June 7 at the park on the northwest corner of the square in McLeansboro. Each performance will run from 6 to 8

Benton City Council Approves Sunday Hours Liquor License Change

BENTON – The Benton City Council approved two items dealing with liquor licenses at Monday night’s meeting. City Attorney Tom Malkovich discussed first with the council the liquor license dealing with Sunday sales. Right now, clubs in Benton can only sell liquor on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and must pay an annual

Benton City Council Approves Electric Supply Agreement for Next Four Years

BENTON – The Benton City Council approved a four-year electric supply agreement from Affordable Gas and Electric at Monday night’s meeting. Rob Wielt, Benton’s broker/consultant with AGE, presented the council with information on indicative pricing from four electric retail suppliers – AEP Energy, Constellation, Homefield Energy and Direct Energy Business. Wielt says the city’s current