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Two Injured in Thursday Head-on Crash in Jefferson County

MT. VERNON – A two-vehicle injury accident was reported in Jefferson County just before noon Thursday. According to Illinois State Police, 29-year-old Jillianne Snyder of Mt. Vernon was driving her 2008 white Pontiac south on Illinois 148 near Emerson City Road when she crossed the center line and struck a semi head-on driven by 66-year-old

Ameren Highlighting Correct Generator Use

MT. VERNON – Power outages can happen any time of year but a temporary power option that many choose during these outages is a generator. Ameren Illinois is highlighting the importance to know how to use a generator safely. Communications Executive Brian Bretsch says Ameren wants to make sure customers install and use their generators

Rend Lake College Touts Successful Truck Driver Training School

INA – Rend Lake College’s trade programs rate among the best in the nation, according to a recent ranking from education website Learn.org. RLC has been helping over 1,200 future freight haulers get the training they need since 1990 with their Truck Driver Training School. Margo Wagner is the Dean of Community and Corporate Education

Over 4,000 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in Illinois Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 4,015 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional confirmed deaths.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 331,620 cases, including 9,127 deaths, in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Oct.

Popular Shawnee Forest Tower Closed for Fence Repair at Top

SIMPSON, Ill. (AP) — The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has temporarily closed a popular lookout tower. There’s a large hole in the fence around the platform. The Forest Service plans to fix it as soon as possible. Trigg Lookout Tower is near Simpson in Johnson County. It’s a popular spot, especially to see

McLeansboro City Council Holds Monthly Meeting

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council Tuesday night passed a resolution to close and/or reroute certain state highways and/or city streets for the City Christmas Parade set for Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. The council also passed another resolution to replace the McLeansboro Police Department’s 2013 Dodge Ram. The council voted to approve the purchase

‘Veterans on Parade’ Takes Place Saturday in Marion

MARION – The 16th annual “Veterans on Parade” is set for Saturday in Marion. The parade honoring our veterans and first responders will start at 10 a.m. at Marion Junior High School and finish with a memorial ceremony to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Williamson County Fairgrounds. For more information or

IDPH Reported Wednesday 2,862 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 2,862 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 49 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 327,605 cases, including 9,074 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total