Monday Bank Robbery in Mt. Vernon Under Investigation

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police are investigating a Monday afternoon bank robbery. Police responded just before 5 p.m. to the Fifth Third Bank at 2711 Broadway. Initial dispatch reports indicated a white male had robbed the bank and fled on foot in a southeast direction. The suspect is described as a white male, black

FCHS Principal Charged for DUI in Benton

BENTON – The principal of Frankfort Community High School in West Frankfort found himself in trouble with Benton Police early Sunday morning after he was arrested and charged for driving under the influence following a traffic stop at the intersection of Buchanan and Washington Street. Police say 31-year-old Jory A. Dial was taken to the

Search Warrant Leads to Ewing Man’s Arrest for Grooming

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Monday evening arrested and charged an Ewing man with two counts of grooming and two counts of distributing harmful material to a minor. Sheriff David Bartoni says 26-year-old Nicholas A. Price was arrested by detectives and a search warrant was carried out at his home. The sheriff noted

Montana Man Arrested in Mt. Vernon on Drug-related Charges

MT. VERNON – Reports of a suspicious man at the Huck’s Convenience Store on South 10th Street in Mt. Vernon resulted in the arrest of a 41-year-old Deer Lodge, Montana man on multiple drug-related charges. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, William Brent Larion was arrested Friday after an investigation by Mt. Vernon police

Local Communities Receiving CDBG Grants for Housing

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced Friday the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing. Thirteen projects across the state were approved for funding totaling $6 million. These grants will help low-to-moderate income communities improve housing, and rehabilitate and retrofit residential properties. Grants provide residents with

Southern Illinois Communities Receive CDBG Grants for Public Infrastructure

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced Friday the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure. Twenty-eight communities across the state will receive federal funds totaling $13.2 million. These grants will help Illinois’ low-income communities undertake much needed public infrastructure projects such as water, sanitary system

Peoples National Bank Announces Scholarship Program

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Peoples National Bank has established an educational scholarship to help high school graduates continue their education at a university, college, trade or vocational school. Each recipient of the Peoples National Bank scholarship receives a $500 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students that show positive leadership and character in academic, community and extra-curricular

Snowy Weather Leads to Two-vehicle Crash in Saline County

HARRISBURG – Snow played a role in a two-vehicle crash that happened shortly before 7 Friday night in Saline County. Illinois State Police say 70-year-old Ida M. Haney of Eldorado was driving her SUV south on U.S. 45 at Muddy Road and lost control on the snow covered roadway and traveled over into the northbound