Fire Destroys Mt. Vernon Home Wednesday Night

MT. VERNON – No one was hurt after a house fire Wednesday night in Mt. Vernon. 9-1-1 received a call just before 10:45 p.m. about the fire in the 600 block of South 25th Street in Mt. Vernon, near Veterans Park. Mt. Vernon Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Sargent says the fire caused heavy damage to

City of Mt. Vernon Introduces New Utilities Payment Website

MT. VERNON – The city of Mt. Vernon has created a new website to allow utility customers to view information regarding their accounts. The site will allow residents to view their latest bill, check the payment amount due and due dates, and provide access to their transaction and consumption history. Customers will also be able

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced for Meth Delivery

MT. VERNON – A 26-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County court to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a delivery of methamphetamine charge. Travis A. Starr was arrested and charged in April with Class 2 felony delivery of less than 5 grams of meth. Starr has remained in

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested Wednesday after Narcotics Search of His Home

MT. VERNON – A 43-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested Wednesday morning when the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team executed a narcotics search warrant at 2602 Cherry Street in Mt. Vernon. According to MVPD, just before 7:30, they arrested Allen Laslie, the primary resident of that address, for unlawful possession

Mt. Vernon Man Charged with Sex Crimes against Two Children

MT. VERNON – A 23-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been arrested on charges alleging felony sex crimes against two children. Tyler C. Murray was charged Wednesday in Jefferson County court with Class X predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 and two counts of Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual

Jackson County Library Awarded Illinois History-Digital Imaging Grant

MURPHYSBORO – A Jackson County library is among 15 academic, public and special libraries that has been awarded an Illinois History-Digital Imaging grant from the Illinois State Library. The Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro will receive $13,605 for “The Murphysboro Apple Festival Through the Years and the Tri-State Tornado of 1925.” Secretary of State

Farming Accident Claims Fairfield Man’s Life

ELLERY – A Monday afternoon farming accident has claimed the life of a 61-year-old Fairfield man. Steve Brooks died of apparent electrocution Monday evening at a farm near Ellery. According to Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor, Brooks was attaching a hose to the sprayer to load more chemical when he received the fatal shock.  Brooks

Mt. Vernon Woman Sentenced to IDOC on Drug-related Charges

MT. VERNON – A 25-year-old Mt. Vernon woman was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County court to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after she pleaded guilty in multiple drug-related felony cases. Bambi Gant pleaded guilty to a 2017 charge of Class 2 felony delivery of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Gant was