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Parents, High School Athletes Protest for Resuming Seasons Saturday

Parents, High School Athletes Protest for Resuming Seasons Saturday

CHICAGO (AP) – Parents and high school athletes have protested outside a state building in Chicago, pleading with Gov. J.B. Pritzker to lift his fall ban on some popular high school sports. Players in jerseys and varsity jackets chanted, “Let us play!” Saturday outside the Thompson Center. In response to the coronavirus, Pritzker has held firm to…Continue Reading

Maunie Man Arrested on Warrant for DUI, Drug Charge

Maunie Man Arrested on Warrant for DUI, Drug Charge

CARMI – A Maunie man wanted on a White County warrant for DUI is now facing a drug charge in White County. According to the White County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy on routine patrol in Maunie Wednesday afternoon saw 45-year-old James H. Earl, wanted for DUI on a White County warrant, walking on Washington Street.…Continue Reading

Three Deaths in WIlliamson County Among COVID-19 Reports

Three Deaths in WIlliamson County Among COVID-19 Reports

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 2,056 new confirmed cases of  COVID-19 in Illinois, including 25 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 268,207 cases, including 8,392 deaths, in 102 counties. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 22, three deaths (two reported from a long-term care facility)…Continue Reading

Major Coal Mining Company Announces New Ownership

Major Coal Mining Company Announces New Ownership

CHICAGO (AP) – A major U.S. coal mining company has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection under a new name and ownership group. Murray Energy Holdings said Thursday its Chapter 11 plan approved in federal bankruptcy court in Ohio became effective Wednesday. The company noted it has completed the sale of its assets to an entity formed…Continue Reading

Vehicle Thefts in Carbondale Thursday Under Investigation

Vehicle Thefts in Carbondale Thursday Under Investigation

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a motor vehicle theft that occurred Thursday morning. According to a release from the Carbondale Police Department, officers responded to the 300 block of South Emerald St around 2:25 a.m. this morning, finding the vehicle during an investigation and attempting a traffic stop. The driver of the stolen vehicle and a…Continue Reading

Semi Fire Delays Traffic on I-57 South of Marion

Semi Fire Delays Traffic on I-57 South of Marion

WILLIAMSON COUNTY – A semi fire delayed traffic on northbound I-57 in Williamson County for several hours Thursday morning. According to a release from Illinois State Police (ISP), the incident occurred about ten miles south of Marion around 11 a.m. Traffic was backed up in the northbound lanes spanning 3-4 miles. ISP and several local…Continue Reading

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls in August, Jobs Added

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls in August, Jobs Added

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday the unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points to 11.0 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added 66,000 jobs in August, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The July monthly change in payrolls was revised…Continue Reading

Jonesboro Man Charged for Solicitation of a Minor

Jonesboro Man Charged for Solicitation of a Minor

JONESBORO – A Jonesboro man has been charged in Union County for attempted solicitation of a minor. According to Union County State’s Attorney Daniel Klingemann and Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, Harold Thomas Goerz, a.k.a. Harry T. Goetz, was charged with one county of indecent solicitation of a child – a Class 2 felony, one…Continue Reading

Jefferson County Sheriff Receives Grant for Classroom Safety Improvements

Jefferson County Sheriff Receives Grant for Classroom Safety Improvements

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has been selected to receive a grant for safety enhancements in area classrooms. Over $830,000 in federal money was announced by Congressman Mike Bost Monday to strengthen security at schools at over 160 jurisdictions nationwide. Those selected will receive the grants through a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program initiative that…Continue Reading

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