Category Archives: Local News

Another Arrest Made in Carbondale Home Invasion, Shooting

Another Arrest Made in Carbondale Home Invasion, Shooting

CARBONDALE – Another arrest has been made in connection with a home invasion and shooting that took place earlier this month in Carbondale. The investigation revealed the victim was an acquaintance of the three suspects. Detectives identified one of the suspects as 18-year-old Kerwin J.C. Watson, Jr. of Carbondale. A warrant for home invasion was…Read more…

Nearly $1.2M to be Returned to Illinois Residents Via ‘Money Match’ Program

Nearly $1.2M to be Returned to Illinois Residents Via ‘Money Match’ Program

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is expected to return $1.2 million to nearly 13,000 Illinois residents in the coming weeks through the state’s ‘Money Match’ program.   Checks will be issued after the address is confirmed to be correct. Since 2018, the ‘Money Match’ program generated 122,000 claims and returned almost $13 million to…Read more…

Ameren Illinois Warning of Scams Amid Moratorium Extension

Ameren Illinois Warning of Scams Amid Moratorium Extension

SPRINGFIELD – Ameren Illinois recently extended the disconnection moratorium to all residential customers through March 31, 2021. Now the company is warning of those attempting to scam others with a disconnect threat if they do not make a payment. Arleen Williams, supervisor with Ameren, said there are several factors to look for in scams.   The…Read more…

Over 260 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Sothern Illinois Tuesday

Over 260 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Sothern Illinois Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 9,469 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 125 additional deaths. Health departments across southern Illinois reported 264 cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 674,089 cases, including 11,677 deaths statewide. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 46 Jackson County: 42 Jefferson County: 38…Read more…

Southern Seven Head Start to Close Early Learning Centers

Southern Seven Head Start to Close Early Learning Centers

ULLIN – Southern Seven Head Start will temporarily close its Head Start Early Learning Centers for the remainder of the year at the end of the school day on Nov. 25, according to school officials. Classes will resume Jan. 5, 2021. Impacted families have been notified of this decision. “The decision to close comes with…Read more…

Second Man Arrested For Home Invasion Involving Battering

Second Man Arrested For Home Invasion Involving Battering

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Police Department has made a second arrest regarding a Nov. 12 incident where a woman was battered with a baseball bat during a home invasion. Sixty-three-year-old Melvin L. Taylor of Mt. Vernon was taken into custody Friday on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with home invasion, armed robbery…Read more…

Hundreds of New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over Last Three Days

Hundreds of New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over Last Three Days

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 8,322 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 47 additional deaths. Hundreds were reported across southern Illinois, largely stemming from the past three days. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 664,620 cases, including 11,552 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.…Read more…

Illinois Teen Accused in Fatal Shooting Posts $2M Bail Friday

Illinois Teen Accused in Fatal Shooting Posts $2M Bail Friday

KENOSHA, WI (AP) – An Illinois 17-year-old charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin has posted bail and been released from custody. Kyle Rittenhouse posted a $2 million cash bond in Kenosha on Friday. Prosecutors accuse Rittenhouse of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during an Aug. 25 protest against…Read more…

Carbondale Police Hosting Annual Coat Drive, Christmas Store

Carbondale Police Hosting Annual Coat Drive, Christmas Store

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Police Department is asking for help in collecting new coats and toys for children in the community; hosting the Annual Coat Drive and Christmas Store. Christmas Store: Carbondale Police are collecting toys for boys and girls ages one to 12 years old. Toys can be dropped offin the Carbondale Police Department’s…Read more…

Six Deaths Among COVID-19 Reports Across Region Sunday

Six Deaths Among COVID-19 Reports Across Region Sunday

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials Sunday reported 10,012 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 76 additional deaths. Six deaths were reported among various southern Illinois health departments. Currently, a total of 656,298 cases, including 11,506 deaths, have been reported in Illinois since the pandemic started Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 43…Read more…