Second Jefferson County Long-Term Care Facility Facing COVID-19 Outbreak

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Another Jefferson County long-term care facility is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. The Jefferson County Health Department did not name the affected facility Friday, but they announced that 21 long-term care residents at the facility along with six staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In addition to the 27 people…Read more…

MVTHS Foundation Supporting Two Large Technological Advances

MT. VERNON, IL — The Mt. Vernon Township High School Foundation is raising money in support of two very large technological projects in the Fine Arts Wing. The money raised will go towards the completion of both the music recording studio at the high school as well as theater sound and visual monitor systems. Superintendent…Read more…

Thrive Donates $10,000 to City of Harrisburg at Thursday Meeting

HARRISBURG — Thrive of Harrisburg is donating $10,000 to the city of Harrisburg for flashing stop signs powered by solar panels to be installed at the stop signs at the intersection of Veterans Drive and Small Street. The announcement of the donation was made at Thursday’s city council meeting. Harrisburg mayor John McPeek says the…Read more…

A pregnant woman and Swansea, IL man shot during incident in Centralia

CENTRALIA, IL — Centralia police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that sent two people to the hospital with gunshot wounds – one, a pregnant woman suffered critical injuries. Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson says around 8:34pm officers responded to a report of a shooting between a group of pedestrians and an occupied vehicle at the intersection…Read more…

JEFFERSON COUNTY ARREST REPORTS 08-07-2020

MT. VERNON, IL — On Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrest(s): 23-year-old Cody Sechrest of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Wednesday for Illegal Use of Intoxicating Compounds. 36-year-old Justin Webb was arrested Thursday by the MVPD for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Meth, and Retail Theft. This…Read more…

Local Leaders Plea for Residents to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19

ELDORADO — The Egyptian Health Department is urging area residents to follow CDC protocols and help to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in southeast Illinois. Egyptian Health Department Director Angie Hampton said at a press conference Wednesday that Saline, Gallatin, and White counties will all be placed at warning level again for virus…Read more…

Harrisburg School District Modifies Back to School Plan

HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg School District has modified its return to school plan after receiving feedback from parents and guardians along with seeing a large number of students register for online learning. The first day of school has been pushed back to August 19th, and school days will now be from 8 a.m. to noon…Read more…

Harrisburg City Council Has Busy Agenda Set for Thursday Meeting

HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg City Council has an active agenda Thursday night for their city council meeting. The council will have a public hearing and will discuss and possibly act on the vacation of two alleys, sending the tuck point project of city hall’s west wall out for bids, appoint an acting superintendent of the…Read more…

Three Staff Members at Centralia Correctional Center Test Positive for COVID-19

CENTRALIA — The Centralia Correctional Center has confirmed three staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. On Tuesday the Clinton County Health Department reported 10 new positive cases, bringing the county total to 362 residents testing positive for COVID-19, with 286 cases released from isolation, while anther 58…Read more…