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State Deploys Community Vaccination Teams to SIU Carbondale Campus

SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois is deploying a team of community vaccinators to Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU-C) to help the education system meet the vaccine mandate for higher education. The State is also reaching out to community colleges and other higher education institutions across Illinois to make similar vaccination programs available on their

Man Killed Half-Brother after COVID Vaccine Dispute in Johnson County

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a southern Illinois man allegedly shot his half-brother to death following an argument over the COVID-19 vaccine. Sixty-eight-year-old Larry D. Cavitt of Goreville was charged Monday in Johnson County Court with murder and aggravated battery with use of a firearm. The charges stem from Saturday’s death of Cavitt’s 51-year-old

Carmi Man Sentenced to Prison for Two Separate Incidents

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced in White County Court in Carmi Wednesday on charges stemming from two separate incidents. According to White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud, 43-year-old Joseph L.G. Allen was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a 2020 charge for Driving While License Revoked – a

McLeansboro Man Sentenced to Prison on Meth Charges

CARMI – A McLeansboro man was sentenced Monday in White County Court in Carmi on meth charges. According to White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud, 35-year-old Micheal Doogan will spend four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a 2018 charge of Possession of Methamphetamine – a Class 3 Felony. Doogan will also serve

Rend Lake Continues Invasive Species Eradication Thursday

REND LAKE – Phragmites australis, also known as Common Reed, is a non-native, invasive wetland grass that aggressively outcompetes ecologically important native plants and displaces native animals. Phragmites was introduced along the United States eastern coast in the early 19th century, and today impacts wetland communities across the United States. At Rend Lake, Phragmites has

Carbondale Reinstates Mask Mandates, Requiring City Employees to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to reinstate a city-wide mask mandate effective immediately at Monday’s special City Council meeting. The Council also approved an ordinance adopting a policy mandating Carbondale City employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination.   The City’s mask mandate reinforces Governor Pritzker’s statewide mandate, requiring masks be worn indoors regardless

One Injured in Wayne County Crash Tuesday Morning

MT. ERIE – One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Wayne County Tuesday morning. According to Illinois State Police, 43-year-old Robert L. Traiteur of Geff was driving his SUV south on County Road 2625 East approaching the T intersection at County Road 1905 North when Traiteur turned west and struck the driver’s side