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Carbon Monoxide Reported Early Wednesday Morning at Williamson County Jail

Carbon Monoxide Reported Early Wednesday Morning at Williamson County Jail

MARION – There was a carbon monoxide issue early Wednesday morning at the Williamson County Jail in Marion.

According to Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick, the Marion Fire Department was contacted and asked to conduct air quality tests after several inmates and staff began complaining of headaches and dizziness throughout the morning, beginning with one inmate at 4 a.m.

The tests determined carbon monoxide was present in a small part of the jail, leading to inmates and staff in the affected area being moved to unaffected areas. A small number of inmates and staff were transported to area hospitals as a precaution.

The Marion Fire Department and other fire departments have been on-scene to ventilate the building, with Ameren and engineers also there to determine the source of the carbon monoxide.

Visitation at the jail has been cancelled until further notice. Court cases for some inmates have also been affected with rescheduling necessary.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Conference at SIUC to Focus on Education & Protection from Cybercrimes

Conference at SIUC to Focus on Education & Protection from Cybercrimes

CARBONDALE – A conference next month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will focus on educating and protecting children and students from cybercrimes. The “CYBERNET: Education and Protection Conference” is Nov. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom B. The conference is the second in a series addressing issues pertaining to children…Continue Reading

Peabody Energy Announces December Closure of Wildcat Hills Mine and Willow Lake Prep Plant

Peabody Energy Announces December Closure of Wildcat Hills Mine and Willow Lake Prep Plant

Equality – Peabody Energy announced Monday that it will be closing the Wildcat Hills Underground Mine and the Willow Lake Preparation Plant near Equality. According to WSIL-TV, Peabody sent employees a letter saying the closures were due to “soft market conditions that make operations uneconomic.” The facilities are expected to close December 14. The closures will impact approximately…Continue Reading

Benton City Council to Discuss Sale and Distribution of Cannabis at Meeting

Benton City Council to Discuss Sale and Distribution of Cannabis at Meeting

Benton – The Benton City Council will discuss and possibly move forward with the licensing and zoning for the sale and distribution of cannabis when it meets tonight at 6:00pm at City Hall. The council will also discuss with possible action amending the resolution for the sewer surcharge, a resolution amending the transfer and restriction of funds…Continue Reading

SIU’s Touch of Nature Offering Three November Archery Hunts for People With Disabilities

SIU’s Touch of Nature Offering Three November Archery Hunts for People With Disabilities

SIUC – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is hosting three special archery hunts in November for those with disabilities. The events include a Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America Deer Hunt Nov. 11-14, a National Wild Turkey Federation turkey and deer hunt Nov. 15-17, and an Illinois Department of Natural Resources deer…Continue Reading

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