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Over 3,000 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in Illinois Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials announced Thursday 3,059 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional confirmed deaths. Since the pandemic began, 310,700 cases, including 8,910 deaths, have been reported in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Oct.1–7 is 3.7 percent. Jefferson

Mt. Vernon Working on Upcoming, Altered Trick-or-Treat Plans

MT. VERNON – Grab your mask, Trick-or-Treat time is almost here. Tourism Director at the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau Angela Schrum on the city’s plan for the candy connoisseur’s that will be roaming the street. Melynda Breeze is with the Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Cooperation. She and Scrum say downtown will feature store

Local 4-H Sets its Sights on STEM Offerings through Online Program

MT. VERNON – Area 4-H clubs are celebrating National 4-H Week with on-line festivities this week. Kyle Miles, 4-H Youth Development Educator, says there’s a common misconception for some when it comes to 4-H. University of Illinois Extension, serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties, looks to set the stage for Science, Technology, Engineering

State Health Officials Wednesday Reported 2.630 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials reported Wednesday 2,630 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional confirmed deaths. Since the pandemic started, 307,641 cases including 8,878 deaths from the virus have been reported in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Sept. 30–Oct.

Indiana Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of Fairfield, IL Teen

FAIRFIELD – A 24-year-old Indiana man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Fairfield, IL teen whose remains were discovered December 2017 in rural Wayne County. Brodey Murbarger was arrested Wednesday morning in Evansville, Indiana, after an Illinois grand jury indicted him for Megan Nichols’ murder. He’s charged in Wayne County, IL