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SSM Reducing Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Sites Hours This Week

CENTRALIA/MT. VERNON – The SSM Health drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will reduce their hours of operations starting this week. On Monday, April 5, the clinics in both Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be open Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The reason behind the reduction in hours is a decrease in the number

IDPH Sunday Reported 2,449 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday reported 2,449 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 14 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,256,634 cases, including 21,373 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 28-April 3 is 3.8%. The

Carbondale Police Investigating Wednesday Night Shooting

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired that happened just before 6 Wednesday night in the area of East Walnut Street and South Wall Street. Officers responded to the scene and learned that shots were fired from two vehicles in the area. They found one of the suspect vehicles abandoned at

Illinois DCFS Kicks Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

CARTERVILLE – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month. While the most horrific cases of child abuse garner the most media attention, Jackson County Presiding Circuit Judge Christy Solverson says they’ve seen a big increase in neglect cases due to parents being addicted to drugs and alcohol

Bost Introduces Bill to Protect Veterans Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) Thursday introduced the Veterans’ Cyber Risk Awareness Act, which would increase cyber safety among veterans. The bill would direct VA to conduct a communications and outreach campaign to educate veterans about cyber risks. It would also require VA to study veteran vulnerability to

IDPH Thursday Reported 3,526 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 3,526 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 25 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,248,111 cases, including 21,326 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 25-31 is 3.5%. The preliminary

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to Provide New Online Crime Mapping

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with CentralSquare Technologies, is offering a new crime mapping program to assist the public in being informed of crime activity in their neighborhood. A better-informed citizenry creates more self-reliance among community members and is proven effective in combating crime. CrimeMapping.com utilizes an advanced mapping engine to

Two More Drug Arrests As a Part of MVPD/JCSO Clean Up of Jefferson County

MT. VERNON – Two Mt. Vernon residents were taken into custody on drug charges Tuesday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Joint Narcotics Unit. MVPD/JCSO law enforcement executed a search warrant around 2 p.m. at 1318 South 26th in Mt. Vernon. Quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and drug equipment were located at the