Man Sentenced for October 2018 Arson in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a Jefferson County jury this summer found him guilty of residential arson. Perice Ladd was given credit Friday for 238 days already served in the Jefferson County Jail since his October 2018 arrest in connection with a suspicious

Peabody Announces Closure of Southern Illinois Coal Mine

EQUALITY – A coal company announced Monday that it will be permanently closing part of its mining operations in southern Illinois just before Christmas. Peabody announced Monday that it will be closing the Wildcat Hills Underground Mine and the Willow Lake Preparation Plant near Equality. According to WSIL-TV, Peabody sent employees a letter saying the

Sesser Awarded Grant for Waterline Improvements

SESSER – The city of Sesser recently announced that it has been awarded a Delta Regional Authority Grant for $109,000 for waterline improvements. According to Sesser Mayor Jason Ashmore, the grant will be used to replace aging waterlines on Franklin Street. The mayor says water infrastructure is a key component of economic development and the

Jefferson County Board Chair Lindemann Running for Illinois House

MT. VERNON РWith State Rep. Terri Bryant seeking the State Senate seat being vacated by outgoing State Senator Paul Schimpf, Jefferson County’s board chairman has announced he will seek the seat Bryant is leaving in the Statehouse. Cliff Lindemann of Bluford will seek the Republican nomination in the race for the Illinois House District