Category Archives: Local News

Protecting Workers, Maintaining Quality of Life Goals of Ameren

Protecting Workers, Maintaining Quality of Life Goals of Ameren

COLLINSVILLE – During uncertain times like today, utilities are essential to keep some kind of normalcy. Like most other businesses, Ameren Illinois is taking steps to protect workers and strengthening the power grid during the COVID-19 outbreak. Richard Mark, President and Chairman of Ameren Illinois, said they understand the utility’s responsibility to maintaining quality of life…Read more…

Pritzker Reveals ‘Care Comes First’ Plan to Expand COVID-19 Medical Coverage

Pritzker Reveals ‘Care Comes First’ Plan to Expand COVID-19 Medical Coverage

CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker Sunday announced the “Care Comes First” action plan – a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state. The state has submitted two federal waivers requesting increased flexibilities around Medicaid coverage. If approved, individuals, whether uninsured…Read more…

Carbondale, St. Louis Area Foodbank Hosting Virtual Food Drive

Carbondale, St. Louis Area Foodbank Hosting Virtual Food Drive

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale has teamed up with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to host a Virtual Food Drive in response to COVID-19. The online food drive allows participants to shop for food pantries’ most needed items such as canned goods, beef stew, and macaroni and cheese, plus allows for cash donations. The…Read more…

Cairo Man Faces Gun Charges, Two Other Suspects Sought in Gun-Related Incident

Cairo Man Faces Gun Charges, Two Other Suspects Sought in Gun-Related Incident

CARBONDALE – A Cairo man faces gun-related charges after Carbondale Police arrested him after responding to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of S. Lewis Ln. around 6:50 Friday night. According to a police report, an investigation revealed a dispute between two groups of known acquaintances which resulted in exchanged gunfire. Officers found a…Read more…

Illinois Calls on Licensed Medical Professionals to Assist in Fight Against COVID-19

Illinois Calls on Licensed Medical Professionals to Assist in Fight Against COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency are calling on all licensed medical professionals to join the State’s fight against COVID-19. Illinois Helps is an online volunteer management system that tracks healthcare workers that are available to respond, when activated, to a significant disaster or public health…Read more…

Carbondale Woman Found Safe & Sound

Carbondale Woman Found Safe & Sound

CARBONDALE – A missing woman has been found safe and sound, according to Carbondale Police. Police said 50-year-old Donna Greaves was last in contact with family on her cell phone while in the 700 block of S. Marion St. in Carbondale March 15. Police appreciate the community’s support in finding Greaves and did not say in…Read more…

Illinois Reports Over 1,000 New Cases Sunday, Testing to Double Soon

Illinois Reports Over 1,000 New Cases Sunday, Testing to Double Soon

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Sunday Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged. Public health officials announced Sunday 1,105 new cases, including 18 deaths. Overall, Illinois has reported more than 4,500 cases, including 65 deaths.…Read more…

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Saline County Man

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Saline County Man

EGYPTIAN – The Egyptian Health Department was notified Sunday about a 49-year-old Saline County man who has tested positive for coronavirus. According to a press release from the Egyptian Health Department, the man is at home and doing well. He had already been self-quarantined and followed appropriate guidelines prior to notification of the confirmed results. This is…Read more…

Carbondale Police Searching for Missing Woman, No Contact Since March 15

Carbondale Police Searching for Missing Woman, No Contact Since March 15

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing 50-year-old woman, who last contacted family March 15 in the 700 block of S. Marion St. in Carbondale. According a Facebook post from the police department, Donna M. Greaves is described as 5’10”, weighing 180 pounds with hazel eyes and now having short…Read more…

Cave-in-Rock Ferry Closed Early With Ohio River Levels Rising

Cave-in-Rock Ferry Closed Early With Ohio River Levels Rising

HARDIN CO. – The Cave-in-Rock Ferry has closed due to rising waters on the Ohio River. The closure comes a day earlier than expected, as ferry operator Lonnie Lewis said the river had been rising about a half inch an hour Thursday morning. The ferry typically closes when Ohio River floodwaters are between 42 and 43 feet.…Read more…