Pope County EMA Director Urges Residents to Continue Social Distancing

ILLINOIS (WITHERS BROADCASTING) — So far, big cities have been hardest hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading across the U.S. While there are no confirmed cases in Saline, Gallatin, Pope, or Hardin Counties as of Friday morning, one area official says the area is not home free. Pope County EMA Director Chris Hahn says we should…Read more…

SECOND CASE OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED IN JACKSON COUNTY

MURPHYSBORO, IL — The Jackson County Health Department was notified Thursday of a Jackson County resident who tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  The individual, a male in his late teens, is doing fair and is at home in isolation.  This is the second laboratory confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Jackson County.  This…Read more…

Jefferson County hit with first case of COVID-19

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — Jefferson County Health Department was notified late Thursday of a positive case of COVID-19 within Jefferson County. The patient is a male in his 50s from Texas who was traveling through Jefferson County and became ill enough to be hospitalized. He is in isolation at a local hospital with all appropriate…Read more…

Withers Broadcasting and Illinois broadcasters unite against hunger

ILLINOIS — Withers Broadcasting and fellow broadcasters in Illinois are uniting to help the many residents who are struggling to keep food on their tables. Radio and television stations throughout Illinois are uniting in a statewide fundraising drive to combat hunger and food bank shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Illinois broadcasters, in…Read more…

BAIL SET AT $250K EACH FOR CENTRALIA TEENS CHARGED IN DOUBLE SHOOTING

CENTRALIA, IL — Bail has been set at $250,000 each for two Centralia men charged in Clinton County Court in connection with a double shooting last week on the west side of Centralia. Dalton Garrison, 19, was charged Wednesday with three Class X felony counts of aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm, Class 2 felony…Read more…

THREE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER PURSUIT FROM CENTRAL CITY ENDS NEAR AVISTON

CLINTON COUNTY, IL — Three individuals were taken into custody just east of Aviston Thursday morning following a pursuit that started in Central City and continued westbound on U.S. 50 into Clinton County at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. A blue Dodge minivan reportedly fled from Central City police who attempted to stop it in connection…Read more…

Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL- Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has been notified that a Franklin County resident tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual, a woman in her 50’s, is recovering and is at home on isolation. This is the first laboratory confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Franklin County. The individual is thought to have been…Read more…

Pritzker Announces Stabilization Grants for Suburban, Downstate Businesses

ILLINOIS — 330 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday into Wednesday. That was announced at Wednesday’s daily press conference held by Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker. In addition to the new cases, 3 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the states COVID-19 death total to 19. While uncertainty looms for everyone in the state, some help…Read more…

Carbondale makes effort to ease financial burden on local business owners

CARBONDALE, IL — In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the City of Carbondale is making an effort to ease the financial burden on local business owners by extending the due dates for collection of the Motor Fuel, Hotel/Motel, Food and Beverage, and Package Liquor Taxes. The city will allow businesses a 30-day extension…Read more…

West Frankfort School District to hold special meeting

WEST FRANKFORT, IL — A special meeting of the Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 Board of Education will be held Thursday night at 6 in the Central Junior High School Library on East Ninth Street in West Frankfort.     Supt. Matt Donkin says due to the Executive Order that resulted from the COVID-19 shut down to keep…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Mayor says ‘we’ll get through this together’

MT. VERNON, IL — The COVID-19 pandemic has sent citizens of this entire world and their daily lives into a whirlwind of changes. Through quarantines, stay-at-home orders and a mountain of closures; most everyone’s life has been affected whether they’ve contracted the virus or not. Mt. Vernon Mayor John Lewis says when it comes to the…Read more…

JEFFERSON COUNTY ARREST REPORTS 3-25-2020

MT. VERNON, IL — On Wednesday, The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX/WDML News: 26-year-old Lavell Elion of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Tuesday for domestic battery. 33-year-old Amanda Clapp of Riner, Virginia was arrested Tuesday for possession of a weapon and driving on a revoked license. This…Read more…

Deadline for gift cards to complete your Mt. Vernon Census extended

MT. VERNON, IL — The Mt. Vernon City Clerk’s office is reporting that residents are mailing in their confirmation page from completing the 2020 census online in compliance with the original July 31st deadline so they receive their $10 visa gift card. However, this is not the case and is unnecessary. The US Census Bureau…Read more…