FRANKLIN COUNTY TABLES CANNABIS-RELATED BUSINESS ORDINANCE

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Board Tuesday night tabled an ordinance that would prohibit operation of any cannabis related business established within the unincorporated area of Franklin County. Board Chairman Randall Crocker believes he got a little bit in a hurry to deal with this issue since recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois Jan. 1. Crocker…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 9-20-19

MT. VERNON — On Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML News: 26-year-old David Graves of Mt. Vernon was arrested Thursday for meth delivery between five and 15 grams and driving while license revoked. 42-year-old Anthony Wilborn of Mt. Vernon was arrested Thursday for controlled substance trafficking and…Read more…

Hamilton County Schools Building New District Office

MCLEANSBORO — The Hamilton County Unit 10 school district is currently building a new district office near the high school in McLeansboro. Superintendent Jeff Fetcho says over the years, repairs have been made to the current district office at 117 North Washington that at one time served as a funeral home. Fetcho says this new…Read more…

Marion County Health Department Says Gonorrhea Outbreak Growing

MARION COUNTY — The Marion County Public Health Department says an outbreak of gonorrhea continues to grow in the community with almost double the average annual number being reported this year. According to the department, 83 cases of the sexually transmitted disease have been recorded so far this year, which is up from 74 at…Read more…

8th Annual Fall Fest kicks off next weekend in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON, IL — The 8th Annual Fall Fest will take place next weekend in downtown Mt. Vernon starting at 5pm on Friday, September 27th and running through Sunday the 29th. This year’s festival is called “Growth, Progress, Pride”. Grace Payne with Mt. Vernon Festivals Incorporated says the event’s name coincides with a special birthday…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 9-19-19

MT. VERNON — On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML News: 43-year-old Fernandus Jones of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Wednesday for possession of narcotics and possession of a hypodermic syringe / needle / etc. 23-year-old Brykell Patton of Mt. Vernon was arrested Wednesday…Read more…

CENTRALIA MAN APPOINTED PUBLIC ATTORNEY IN CHILD SEX OFFENSE CASES

MARION COUNTY — A public defender has been appointed to represent a 61-year-old Centralia man charged in Marion County court with eight felony counts of child sex crimes in two separate cases. Dennis Tate had indicated Monday in court he would hire a private attorney. However, at a hearing Wednesday the court-appointed him a public…Read more…

CHIEF ATCHISON LEAVING CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

CENTRALIA, IL — While its mayoral issues remain unresolved and the search for a city manager continues, the City of Centralia will now begin looking for a new police chief following the resignation of Police Chief Brian Atchison effective October 18. According to a press release from City Manager Dan Ramey’s office, Atchison has been…Read more…

Ag meteorologist reacts to latest crop report

ILLINOIS (RFD) —- The latest USDA crop report shows only 18-percent of the nation’s corn crop mature. What does that mean for DTN agriculture meteorologist Bryce Anderson. With above normal temperatures hanging around through much of September, Anderson says that’s provided a back end benefit to the 2019 growing season despite the extremely slow start.Read more…

CROSSVILLE MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING WARRANT ARREST

CROSSVILLE, IL — A Crossville man wanted on a failure to appear warrant on a charge of felony domestic battery is now facing drug charges after he was arrested by Crossville Police in the parking lot of Maier Grocery in Crossville around 6:50 Tuesday night. According to Crossville Police, 54-year-old Sherman Ray Hilborn’s bond on the warrant…Read more…