Fire Hydrant Testing Underway in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Fire Department is continuing fire hydrant testing this week. The areas tested will be North and South of Broadway from 12th Street to 27th Street. Residents are cautioned that testing can cause discoloration in the water supply in the areas being tested. For any questions call the Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon Man Facing Meth Delivery Charges

MT. VERNON – Bail has been set at $30,000 for a 33-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged Friday in Jefferson County Court with multiple counts of felony methamphetamine possession and delivery. Mt. Vernon Police arrested Mark A. Twiggs Thursday following an ongoing operation by Mt. Vernon Police investigators with confidential buys reportedly being made Jan. 23

Sesser Man Tentatively Charged in Rural Benton Theft Thursday

BENTON – A Sesser man is facing tentative charges of robbery, aggravated battery and two counts of theft after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a theft report in rural Benton Thursday. Sheriff Don Jones says a 66-year-old man, whose name was not released, had confronted 24-year-old Michael D. Swickard about taking scrap metal from

Benton City Council Meets Tonight

BENTON – The Benton City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall on South Main. Items on the agenda for discussion and/or approval include termination of the recycling program, the current ambulance service, the reservation process and rates at Twin Oaks, implementing a new purchase order protocol, approval of the Lake Hamilton Subdivision

Governor Rauner Announces Public Infrastructure Grant Recipients

SPRINGFIELD – Thirty-six communities including a few in our area are recipients of the Community Development Block Grant for Public Infrastructure totaling $14.5 million in federal funds. That’s according to an announcement made Thursday by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Officials say that in our area Thebes will

Governor Rauner Announces Housing Grant Recipients

SPRINGFIELD – Several area communities are among 14 projects across the state that have been awarded Community Development Block Grants for Housing totaling $6 million in federal funds. That’s according to an announcement made Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Officials say low-to-moderate income communities can apply

Herrin Resident Charged with Robbery of Marion Gas Station

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Herrin man was charged by indictment in U.S. District Court Tuesday with interference with commerce by robbery, in violation of the Hobbs Act, in connection with the April 25 robbery at the Valero gas station in Marion. According to court records, Travis J. Taylor made his initial court appearance Thursday. He