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Mt. Vernon Man Arrested After Chase with Wamac Officer

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested After Chase with Wamac Officer

WAMAC – A 34-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested over the weekend following an alleged police chase with a Wamac officer.

Matthew Smith reportedly fled early Saturday morning when a Wamac officer attempted to stop him on Wabash Avenue. Smith reportedly drove through multiple yards before his vehicle stopped running at Second and Perrine where he was taken into custody.

Smith is being held in the Marion County Jail for aggravated fleeing and eluding police, aggravated reckless driving, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Hamilton County Superintendent Selected as Regional Superintendent of the Year

Hamilton County Superintendent Selected as Regional Superintendent of the Year

Pictured: L to R: Keith Hagene; Jeff Fetcho (Photo credit: Jason Henry, SOTY Selection Committee Member) HAMILTON COUNTY – The Egyptian Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators has selected Hamilton County Unit 10 Schools Superintendent Jeff Fetcho as the region’s Superintendent of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. Fetcho, who has served…Continue Reading

State Sen Fowler: Southern Illinois Made Expo Postponed

State Sen Fowler: Southern Illinois Made Expo Postponed

MARION – State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and the Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce announced the postponement of the Southern Illinois Made Expo, originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 9 and 10. Fowler cited the rise in COVID-19 cases across the region for the cancellation. “While I am extremely disappointed that we couldn’t hold…Continue Reading

Chicago Rep’s Bill Would Allow Illinoisans to Sue Those Causing Unwanted Pregnancies

Chicago Rep’s Bill Would Allow Illinoisans to Sue Those Causing Unwanted Pregnancies

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), who in 2019 sponsored law defining abortion as a fundamental right in Illinois, is introducing a bill dubbed the “EXpanding Abortion Services Act,” the acronym of which spells TEXAS. The Texas law is uniquely designed, allowing private citizens the right to bring a civil lawsuit against anyone…Continue Reading

Boeing to Build Navy Aircraft at MidAmerica, Invest $200M

Boeing to Build Navy Aircraft at MidAmerica, Invest $200M

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million to manufacture the U.S. Navy’s latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. A news release provided to The Associated Press in advance indicates that state and company officials plan a Friday afternoon announcement at the airfield in Mascoutah, southeast of St. Louis. Boeing…Continue Reading

Belle Rive Man Wanted on Wayne County Warrant Extradited

Belle Rive Man Wanted on Wayne County Warrant Extradited

WAYNE COUNTY – Correctional Officers with the Wayne County Jail traveled to Hickman, Kentucky Wednesday to extradite a 58-year-old Belle Rive man back to Illinois. Bradley Gammon was wanted on a no bond, nationwide warrant out of Wayne County for failing to appear on numerous felony charges. He was also wanted out of Jefferson County for failing…Continue Reading

Marion Sponsoring Donation Drive for Hurricane Ida Victims

Marion Sponsoring Donation Drive for Hurricane Ida Victims

MARION – The City of Marion is sponsoring a community-wide donation drive to help those in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana recovering from Hurricane Ida. The city will work with the Parish and its donation distributor, United Way of St. Charles, to distribute items to those needing help. Acceptable donations include: Food that does not require…Continue Reading

Militia Leader to Be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Militia Leader to Be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say was the mastermind behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on several civil rights and hate crimes for an attack that left a community terrified. Emily Claire Hari, who was previously known as Michael…Continue Reading

Area Community College Presidents Release Joint Statement Regarding Pandemic

Area Community College Presidents Release Joint Statement Regarding Pandemic

Presidents of southern Illinois community colleges released a group statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and said they are working hard to develop and operationalize mitigation protocols at their various campuses. Presidents from Kaskaskia, Rend Lake, John A. Logan, and Southeastern Illinois wrote the joint statement addressing recent decisions by the Governor to mandate vaccines or…Continue Reading

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