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Christopher School Superintendent Named IASA Egyptian Division Superintendent of the Year

CHRISTOPHER – The Egyptian Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Unit School District No. 99 Superintendent Richard Towers as the region’s Superintendent of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year. Mr. Towers, who has served as Christopher’s superintendent for 16 years, will represent school superintendents

Bond Set for Mt. Vernon Man Charged with Child Porn Offenses

MT. VERNON – Bond has been set at $100,000 in Jefferson County Court for a 23-year-old Mt. Vernon man on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Owen R. Capogreco was arrested Wednesday on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, victim under 13, in relation to this case. According

Opdyke Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Assault

MT. VERNON – A 69-year-old Opdyke man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court with sexually assaulting a minor. James Martin Sr. was arrested in April on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with three counts Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. Jefferson County State’s Attorney

SIU Hosts Fresh Check Day to Support Students’ Mental Health

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting Fresh Check Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. This fun, informative event brings together the entire campus community and serves as a “check in” for SIU students’ wellness and mental health and to ensure they have access to valuable resources. The free event

Celebrate National Public Lands Day September 24 at Rend Lake

BENTON – Southern Illinois forests are under attack by alien plant invaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake needs your help to fight back. These plant invaders, also known as invasive species, invade natural areas, grow fast, spread quickly, and eventually suffocate native plant species. In celebration of National Public Lands

Community Partners Address Food Access during Food Security Summit

MARION – For the second year in a row, community partners came together to address food access during the Southern Illinois Food Security Summit. The event allowed agencies to collaborate, learn, and prioritize healthy food access initiatives for southern Illinoisans. Stephen Ericson, Executive Director for Feeding Illinois, served as the keynote speaker. He shared nutrition

Joint Narcotics Unit Arrests Two on Meth Charges

MARION – Two women are in the Jefferson County Jail on meth-related charges following their arrests Thursday by members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the Narcotics Unit served a search warrant just before 3 p.m. Thursday at 603 Kensington in Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested in Tuesday Night Disturbance

MT. VERNON – A 22-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested Tuesday night around 1:26 a.m. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, they responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 500 block of Meadowbrook Road in Mt. Vernon. Officers arrived on scene and began