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IDNR Announces 2021 Habitat Fund Project Grants

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Monday announced the approval of $958,096 in grants for seven wildlife habitat projects through the Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program. The program provides for enhancing game and non-game wildlife habitat through projects developed by not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities.  Funding for the

Five Mt. Vernon Residents in Custody Following Wednesday Drug Sweep

MT. VERNON – Multiple people were arrested early Wednesday morning after the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Office High-Risk Team executed two narcotics search warrants in Mt. Vernon. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, after both residences were secured, the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Narcotics Unit searched

Ferrell Hospital Vaccine Appointments Are Filled

ELDORADO – Vaccination appointments for the current allotment of COVID-19 vaccines at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado have been filled. More appointments will be available when further vaccine allocations are sent by the state. The Ferrell Hospital Facebook page and local media will be updated when more vaccine appointments are available.  The process and administration of

SSM Health in Illinois to Give COVID-19 Vaccines in Phase 1B

MT. VERNON, IL (January 20, 2021) – SSM Health began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 1B patients on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, Phase 1B includes persons aged 65 years and older and frontline essential workers. Currently, vaccines are being administered at our primary care office in Mt. Vernon

Valier Mourning the Loss of Longtime Village President Martin Buchanan

VALIER – Longtime Valier Village President Martin Buchanan has passed away. Franklin County officials made the announcement regarding Buchanan’s passing Wednesday afternoon in a written statement on their Facebook page. Buchanan served the Village of Valier for more than 50 years. The statement from Franklin County read  “His dedication to the village and the public