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Ameren Continuing to Make Power Grid More Storm Ready

HARRISBURG – Storms are in the forecast which means residents need to be ready if those dark storm clouds head their way. Ameren Illinois is working year round to make sure their grid is ready for possible severe weather. George Justice is the Vice President of Electric Operations for Ameren Illinois. He says their long-term

Southern Illinois COVID-19 Report – Wednesday, May 13

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Click on the links below for the latest COVID-19 information from area health departments for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Check back often for updates. Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department Jefferson County Health Department Southern Seven Health Department The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 1,677 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Benton City Council Approves FY 2020-21 Budget

BENTON – The Benton City Council approved the city’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget by a vote of 4 to 1 at Monday night’s meeting. You can see a draft copy of the budget on the city’s website at The budget shows that total projected revenue will be just over $3 million with total projected

Harrisburg Principal Wins Golden Apple Award

HARRISBURG – A Harrisburg school principal has been named the winner of the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership. Natalie Fry, the principal at Eastside Intermediate School, has been named the winner of the statewide award. Fry says it’s not about the recognition, she eats, sleeps, and breathes educating local kids. President of

McLeansboro to Keep City Pool Closed in 2020

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council voted to not open the city pool for the 2020 season at Tuesday night’s meeting. The decision comes as many cities weigh their options for what to do with their community pools this summer. Mt. Vernon and Herrin have already voted to keep their city pools closed this summer.

Two Allegedly Shot in Early Tuesday Morning Shooting in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired that led to two people being allegedly shot early Tuesday morning in the area of Dorthella Street and Lynda Drive. According to a Carbondale Police press release, officers responded to the scene just before 2:30 a.m. and learned that a gunshot victim arrived at