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State, Local Health Officials Released Updated COVID-19 Numbers Sunday

SPRINGFIELD – Over 147,000 positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed Sunday with 7,020 deaths according to coronavirus.illinois.gov. The website also reported Sunday that over 1,700,000 total tests have been performed. Four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday in Williamson County and one in Franklin County. Two cases were reported in White County while one

Two People Hurt in Crash on Route 145 in Saline County

HARRISBURG – Two people were taken to local hospitals after a crash Saturday night in Saline County. According to Illinois State Police, 18-year-old Brandon Hambleton of Carrier Mills was driving northbound on Illinois Route 145 near Garden Heights Road behind 21-year-old Ashley Hartman of Stonefort. Hartman put on her blinker signaling a turn into a

Restaurants Beginning to Welcome Back Dine-In Customers

HARRISBURG – Restaurants are opening their buildings to patrons again as a part of Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois reopening plan. The state officially entered Phase 4 last Friday. While some businesses took major blows because of the pandemic, Pam Ruiz with Tequilas in Harrisburg says their locations across southern Illinois have fared pretty

Fritchnitch ‘Calls It A Day’ As Superintendent of MVTHS

MT. VERNON – Jeff Fritchnitch has officially retired as Superintendent of Mt. Vernon Township High School. He knows district is in good hands with Melanie Andrews who was most recently the Assistant Superintendent at the Regional Office of Education #13. Fritchnitch says the whole thing is still bittersweet. Fritchnitch was the Superintendent at Altamont School