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Carmi Man Sentenced on Meth Charge in White County

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced Monday in White County to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver – a Class 1 felony. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says 50-year-old Michael W. French will also serve two years of mandatory supervised released following his

Marion Unit 2 Schools to Resume Five-day School Week

MARION – Marion Unit 2 students will be in school on Fridays starting the week of March 22. The Marion Unit 2 School Board Monday night voted 4 to 2 to allow in-person learning five days a week from 8 a.m. to noon. Students have been going to school four days a week with remote

Rep. Severin Leads Bipartisan Coalition of Legislators and Educators Asking Governor Pritzker and IDPH to Allow 25 Percent Capacity at Extracurricular Events

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) is leading a bipartisan coalition of legislators in requesting Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health loosen COVID-19 restrictions at K-12 extracurricular events to allow for 25% audience capacity. The letter, which contains the signatures of both Republican and Democrat members of the legislature, reads

Franklin County EMA Director Gives Tips to Prepare for Severe Weather

BENTON – This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Ryan Buckingham, Franklin County’s Emergency Management Director, says severe weather can hit at anytime with an uptick during the spring months. Buckingham is asking residents this week to take necessary steps to prepare for severe weather before it hits. You can also sign up for free text

IDPH Reported 1,143 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Monday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 1,143 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 20 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,187,839 cases, including 20,536 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Feb. 22–28 is 2.4%. The preliminary

Johnston City Woman Killed in Weekend ATV Accident

CREAL SPRINGS – A Johnston City woman was killed in an ATV accident Saturday night in Williamson County. According to Illinois State Police, the accident happened around 6:20 p.m. when 20-year-old James N. Holmes of Creal Springs was driving his ATV south on Illinois 166 – one mile south of Free Silver Lane south of

Vienna Grocery Store Damaged in Weekend Fire

VIENNA – The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office is currently investigating a fire that happened early Saturday morning at Miles Brothers Foods in Vienna. According to the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page, fire departments from Goreville, Buncombe, Cypress, Lake of Egypt, Metropolis and Pope County all responded to help Vienna firefighters battle the blaze

Fairfield Man Sentenced in 2018 Marion County Drug Case

SALEM – A 63-year-old Fairfield man who was part of a multi-agency drug operation in 2018 was sentenced Thursday in Marion County Court to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to delivery of methamphetamine. Steven Cook was one of seven people arrested in the operation. Initially he was charged with three counts of unlawful