Carmi Man Sentenced to IDOC for Aggravated Battery, Escape

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced to a total of 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections at the conclusion of a sentencing hearing that lasted over parts of three days. According to White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud, 30-year-old Cedrick Graham was sentenced to five years for aggravated battery – a Class

SIU-Carbondale Adding Recruiters in Chicago and St. Louis

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is making another move in its effort to reverse declining enrollment by stationing additional recruiters in Chicago and St. Louis. The Southern Illinoisan reports university officials say they will add a recruiter in both cities and will hire another full-time recruiter to be stationed in Chicago.

Mt. Vernon’s Annual Free Tree Giveaway Coming Soon

MT. VERNON – The city of Mt. Vernon is once again giving away free trees to some city residents in correlation with Arbor Day. The city is partnering with Ameren Illinois to sponsor the Annual Free Tree Giveaway. The event is part of Ameren’s Right Tree, Right Place program which helps to inform homeowners about

Bridge Construction Begins Tonight on I-57 in Ina

INA – IDOT says bridge construction is set to get underway tonight, weather permitting, on the County Highway 42 bridge over I-57 in Ina. The contractor will be allowed to close one lane of traffic on I-57 during the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday nights, to facilitate demolition of the

West Frankfort Obtains Federal Grant to Repurpose Mall

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Thursday that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to the city of West Frankfort, Illinois, to repurpose the West Frankfort Mall to serve growing industries. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 218 jobs, retain 208 and

MVPD Seek Person of Interest in Early-morning Shooting

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting in the 400 block of South 17th. Dispatch received a call at 3:14 a.m. of a woman who had been shot. Mt. Vernon police officers, the Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Litton’s Ambulance responded to the call. Officers made contact with the