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Mt. Vernon Aquatic Zoo Planning May 29 Opening

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Aquatic Zoo is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2021 summer season on May 29. Operating hours for the facility will return to normal, however current IDPH restrictions limit attendance to 50% of the facility occupancy limit. This will allow for a maximum 445 guests in the facility during

Tuesday Morning Semi Crash in White County Injures Driver

CARMI – A Tennessee semi driver is recovering following a Tuesday morning semi crash in White County. According to Illinois State Police, 48-year-old Anthony Taylor of Manchester, Tennessee was driving his semi south on US 45 at 2325 North around 9:40 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment

HCHD to Hold COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Wednesday in McLeansboro

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton County Health Department will have a drive-thru vaccination clinic for the following group of prioritized Phase 1b individuals Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the McLeansboro Fire Department on South Marshall in McLeansboro. This group includes first responders, K-12 education workers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS

Bluford Man Arrested on Gun Charge in Weekend Shooting

BLUFORD – A 37-year-old Bluford man was arrested over the weekend after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired. According to the sheriff’s department, around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of West South Avenue in Bluford. Deputies arrived on scene and

Public Health Officials Monday Reported 1,747 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 1,747 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 35 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,148,088 cases, including 19,668 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of