Category Archives: Local News

Swollen Mississippi River Force Southern Illinois Evacuations

Swollen Mississippi River Force Southern Illinois Evacuations

East Cape Girardeau (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County in southern Illinois. Coast Guard officials said Wednesday small, lightweight, flat bottom boats that are suitable for navigating floodwaters in urban areas were deployed to help residents affected by the high waters of the Mississippi River. According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi crested at Cape Girardeau, Missouri at 46.4 feet, and will fall slowly. Captain Scott Stoermer says the Coast Guard’s Western Rivers Flood Punt Team spent over seven hours Tuesday conducting operations, which included evacuating people from a flooded trailer park. The evacuation of mobile homes at East Cape Girardeau, Illinois was forced by a decision to cut off power because of the swollen river, which made electrical lines a hazard. Stoermer said the Coast Guard is standing by to assist Alexander County if future assistance is requested.

SIU, Illinois Farm Bureau Hosting Field Day

SIU, Illinois Farm Bureau Hosting Field Day

The Illinois Farm Bureau, together with the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will host a field day Wednesday, June 26 to showcase research efforts ongoing at SIUC . The field day, which will be held at SIUC University Farms, will cover topics including: Impacts of cover crops, saturated…Continue Reading

Missing Carbondale Girl Found Alive

Missing Carbondale Girl Found Alive

Carbondale – Seven-year-old Patrice Dotson, who had been reported missing from her home at around 6:00pm last night has been found and is in the custody of her family. According to a release from the Carbondale Police Department,  Patrice was found by by Carbondale City Employees involved in the search in the 1500 block of…Continue Reading

Miss Illinois Pageant Returns to Marion

Miss Illinois Pageant Returns to Marion

Marion – The Miss Illinois Pageant is coming back to Marion. The event begins with a special ceremony tomorrow morning at the Pavilion of the City of Marion and then shifts to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center tomorrow evening for the preliminary events.  Events will continue through Saturday night when a new Miss Illinois…Continue Reading

Recreational Marijuana Plan to Lead to More Expungements

Recreational Marijuana Plan to Lead to More Expungements

Springfield (AP) – A plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois will also allow those with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he will sign the proposal that will make Illinois the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit recreational marijuana use. The Rockford Register…Continue Reading

Follow us on Twitter