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Fire Displaces 30 Residents of Mt. Vernon’s Economy Inn

MT. VERNON – Route 37 near George in Mt. Vernon was closed Tuesday night while firefighters from multiple agencies spent nearly four hours fighting a blaze at the Economy Inn at 1317 Salem Road in Mt. Vernon. According to the Mt. Vernon Fire Department, they were alerted around 5 p.m. Tuesday of a fire at

Southern Illinois Research Park Receives $150,000 Catalyst Prize to Help Entrepreneurs Succeed

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois Research Park at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has received a $150,000 award, one of just eight given across the country by the U.S. Small Business Administration, in the competitive, inaugural Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst prize competition. The award went to SIU’s Southern Illinois Research Park Corporation, which

New Website for Herrin Road Extension

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about the proposed extension of Herrin Road from Cambria Road to County Line Road in Williamson County. Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, IDOT will share details on the project and encourage public participation from Oct. 18 through

SSM Health, BJC HealthCare, and HHS Partner to Expand Access to Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19 Patients

MT. VERNON – Two of the region’s largest health care systems are expanding access to COVID-19 therapy. BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, and SSM Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have expanded access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies. For