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Five Mt. Vernon Residents in Custody Following Wednesday Drug Sweep

MT. VERNON – Multiple people were arrested early Wednesday morning after the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Office High-Risk Team executed two narcotics search warrants in Mt. Vernon. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, after both residences were secured, the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Narcotics Unit searched

Ferrell Hospital Vaccine Appointments Are Filled

ELDORADO – Vaccination appointments for the current allotment of COVID-19 vaccines at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado have been filled. More appointments will be available when further vaccine allocations are sent by the state. The Ferrell Hospital Facebook page and local media will be updated when more vaccine appointments are available.  The process and administration of

SSM Health in Illinois to Give COVID-19 Vaccines in Phase 1B

MT. VERNON, IL (January 20, 2021) – SSM Health began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 1B patients on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, Phase 1B includes persons aged 65 years and older and frontline essential workers. Currently, vaccines are being administered at our primary care office in Mt. Vernon

Valier Mourning the Loss of Longtime Village President Martin Buchanan

VALIER – Longtime Valier Village President Martin Buchanan has passed away. Franklin County officials made the announcement regarding Buchanan’s passing Wednesday afternoon in a written statement on their Facebook page. Buchanan served the Village of Valier for more than 50 years. The statement from Franklin County read “His dedication to the village and the public

White County Sheriff Announces Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Applications Now Available

CARMI – White County Sheriff Doug Meier says the sheriff’s department will be awarding one $500 Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship this year. This scholarship is part of $58,000 in college scholarships that will be awarded by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association to students in Illinois wishing to pursue higher education during the 2021-22 academic year. The

Two Injured in Wednesday Morning Crash on I-64 in Wayne County

WAYNE CITY – Two people were injured following a two-vehicle crash on I-64 in Wayne County Wednesday morning. According to Illinois State Police, at 8:20 a.m., 56-year-old Cary Jackson-Kallemback of Dahlgren and 42-year-old Tosha Swink of St. Louis were both driving in the right lane east on I-64 at milepost 101 when Jackson-Kallemback entered the

Four Injured in Monday Afternoon Crash in Franklin County

BENTON – Four people were involved in a two-vehicle crash in Franklin County Monday afternoon. According to Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni, the crash happened at 1:30 p.m. on Logan Road just south of Illinois 149 between West Frankfort and Thompsonville. Sheriff Bartoni says a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old juvenile crested a hill in