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JALC to Hold Graduation at Du Quoin Fairgrounds

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College officials have announced plans to hold commencement exercises on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM in the Grandstand at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. According to John A. Logan College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet, the venue allows the College to hold a traditional event while maintaining COVID protocols. “It

Area Education Leaders Chime In on Teacher Shortage Conversation

MT. VERNON – A report released Monday from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents shows 77% of the school districts responding to the 2020 survey say they have a teacher shortage problem. Education leaders like Ron Daniels with the Regional Office of Education #13 says the reasons for the teacher shortage are numerous and complex.

IDPH Reported 1,740 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,740 new COVID-19 cases, including 42 additional deaths Thursday.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,193,260 cases, including 20,668 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Feb. 25–March 3 is 2.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test

Unemployment Benefits Fraud Reported in White County

CARMI – The White County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a fraud case involving unemployment benefits. According to a sheriff’s office report, a Norris City woman informed the sheriff’s office that she had received information from the Unemployment Security office stating she had applied for unemployment benefits. The woman says she received two letters from

State Partners with Rural Health Inc. and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital to Expand Equitable Distribution of Vaccine in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Building on existing efforts to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday announced a new partnership with Rural Health Inc. and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital to administer vaccines to residents throughout Southern Illinois. The partnership is part of a broader pilot

Jefferson County Law Enforcement Chaplain Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

MT. VERNON – A longtime chaplain for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Mt. Vernon Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge has received the Bill Mehrtens Lifetime Achievement Award. Mt. Vernon resident Dan Lovin was announced as the recipient of the award during the organization’s February board meeting in Springfield. FOP State Lodge

IDPH Reported 2,104 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 2,104 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 44 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,191,520 cases, including 20,626 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of

White County Sheriff’s Report

CARMI – The following information was released by the White County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vehicle burglary that was reported earlier this week in Crossville. According to a sheriff’s office report, someone broke into a car belonging to Bruce Morlock in the 800 block