Jefferson County Arrest Reports 7-20-18

MT. VERNON — On Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX News: 33-year-old Rodney Moore of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Thursday for violating a no contact order. 58-year-old Mark Hatfield of Woodlawn was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Thursday for driving with a revoked license and possession…Read more…

30th Anniversary of ’88 drought

Thirty-years ago Illinois suffered through what was described as the worst drought since the Dust Bowl days of the Great Depression. Farmers and others baked through a hot, dry spring that continued well into summer. Kane County farmer John White believes the ’88 drought was worse than the most recent one in 20-12; White, former…Read more…

Wamac Woman in Custody After Allegedly Attacking Daughter With Box Cutter

MARION COUNTY — A 38-year-old Wamac woman remains in the Marion County Jail in connection with an incident Tuesday in which she allegedly attacked her daughter with a box cutter. Scenica Wilson was formally charged in court Thursday with Class 3 felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Reports indicate Wilson’s 20-year-old daughter had gone…Read more…

Centralia Family Displaced After Wednesday Night House Fire

CENTRALIA — The Red Cross is assisting a nine member family that was displaced Wednesday night when their South Walnut home in Centralia suffered heavy damage from a fire. An air conditioning unit is being blamed for the fire that had already spread through two rooms when firefighters arrived on scene around 6:40 p.m. A…Read more…

Ewing Demonstration Center Celebrating 50 Years of Continuous No-Till Research

EWING — The University of Illinois Extension is celebrating a special milestone this year at its Ewing Demonstration Center Agronomy Field Day. The center is celebrating 50 years of continuous no-till research at the facility. Marc Lamczyk is an Agriculture Program Coordinator with the Extension. He says the research done there the past 50 years have…Read more…

12-year-old dies in semi rollover crash on I-57

A 12-year-old boy died in a semi rollover over crash Thursday on southbound I-57 near Dongola. Illinois State Police say the semi, driven by 34-year-old Robert James Peterson of Killeen, Texas, was driving south on I-57 near milepost 23 when the semi exited the interstate to the right striking a ditch. The semi then overturned…Read more…

SSM Health Launches “TOGETH(ER)” Fundraising Campaign for St. Mary’s Hospital

CENTRALIA — SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation has announced the launch of a $5 million TOGETH(ER) emergency department capital campaign to transform and modernize the emergency room at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia, so emergency medicine specialists can deliver expert and efficient care. The foundation has already received almost 30-percent of the $5 million…Read more…

West Frankfort Fire

West Frankfort firefighters were assisted by several area fire departments early Thursday morning in putting out a house fire that spread to a neighboring home in the 900 block of South Jackson Street. According to a post on the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page, one home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.…Read more…

Flower Foods Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Swiss Rolls

Flowers Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary nation-wide recall on various Swiss Rolls sold under brand names at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B and others due to the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. “The ingredient recall was initiated by a third-party whey powder manufacturer and supplier,” the company said in a Wednesday news release. “No illnesses have…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 7-19-18

MT. VERNON — On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX News: 30-year-old Ryan Duncan of Mt. Vernon was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant. 40-year-old Rachel Trotter of Mt. Vernon was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant. 23-year-old Luke Holland of Waltonville was arrested by Illinois State…Read more…

West Nile Virus Reported in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY — The Jackson County Health Department says routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County in 2018. The mosquitoes were collected on July 18 in and around Murphysboro. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up…Read more…

Alma man sentenced in federal court to 14 years on bath salts charges

MARION COUNTY — A 49-year-old Marion County man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 14-years in prison on charges related to Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP) also known as “bath salts”, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced Wednesday. Dennis R. Thacker, Jr., of Alma, Illinois, was sentenced to 168 months…Read more…

Suspect wanted who attempted to steal from Marion Walmart

MARION — Marion Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to steal two computer gaming systems from Walmart in Marion on June 19. The suspect fled the store and left in a dark, four-door vehicle around 4:30 p.m.   If anyone recognizes this suspect, please contact Marion Police at 993-2124.Read more…

Centralia Police Investigating Shooting Incident Wednesday

CENTRALIA —Centralia police are investigating a shooting Wednesday in the 900 block of East Noleman that sent a 21-year-old man to the hospital with a gunshot wound. A report of a male subject having been shot was called in around 3 p.m. Wednesday, which sent all available police officers to the scene. Fire and EMS…Read more…