Wheatley sentenced to 15 years on embezzlement charges

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 56-year-old former Jefferson County school administrator convicted of embezzlement has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. A Jefferson County jury found Sabrina Wheatley guilty back in July on all counts of stealing more than $300,000 from Webber Township School District in Bluford. Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office prosecuted Wheatley on…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Replacing and Upgrading Tornado Sirens

MT. VERNON — The city of Mt. Vernon is preparing for the upcoming spring storm season by upgrading the city’s tornado sirens. The new sirens are omni-directional and will not have to rotate to get the warning out. Mt. Vernon Fire Chief Kevin Sargent says the sirens will better cover the city in an emergency.…Read more…

Marion Man Indicted on Federal Drug and Firearm Charges

BENTON — Randall L. Walker, aka “Pork Chop,” and “Chop,” of Marion, Illinois, has been charged with unlawful distribution of heroin and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced Thursday. The two-count federal indictment alleges that the offenses occurred in…Read more…

U of I Considering Installing Metal Detectors at State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials are considering installing walk-through metal detectors at the State Farm Center. Director Kevin Ullestad tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that officials are considering the detectors as part of an ongoing security review. If installed, the metal detectors would be permanent and used for all athletic events as well as concerts…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 12-6-18

MT. VERNON — On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML / WRXX News: 40-year-old Jason Baugh was arrested Wednesday for possession of meth less than five grams and on a bond forfeiture warrant. 34-year-old Danielle Donahue of Mt. Vernon was arrested Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant.…Read more…

Bluford School Construction Continues

BLUFORD — Bluford Schools are continuing their huge construction project to add a high school wing to their current elementary school. District superintendent Shane Gordon says the 35,000 square foot addition will have six new classrooms, office space, a gymnasium and more. Gordon says while construction crews have powered through weather hurdles to date, those…Read more…

Three People Arrested in Harrisburg for Slashing Tires

HARRISBURG — Harrisburg Police say one person and two juveniles were arrested after officers responded to the area of the 600 block of West Parish Street around 9:40 Monday night on a report of tires being slashed on several vehicles in that area. According to a police department Facebook post, police found three males in…Read more…

SIU to Hand Out Nearly 1,300 Degrees to Fall Graduates Saturday

CARBONDALE — The academic achievements of nearly 1,300 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will be celebrated at fall 2018 commencement exercises on Dec. 15.  The commencement ceremony for all colleges including the SIU School of Law begins at 2 p.m. at the SIU Arena. Officials say there are 1,270 candidates for degrees: 969 for bachelor’s…Read more…

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Calls Week of 12-6-18

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 23 calls this past week.  On Wednesday, November 28th, deputies received a call of a theft that took place at a residential home in rural Ashley.  On the 29th, last Thursday, deputies also responded to a report of an illegal dumping, occurring in rural Nashville. …Read more…

City of Nashville to Send Out Natural Gas Information to Customers

NASHVILLE — The city of Nashville would like to announce that they will be soon mailing out natural gas information to all of their gas customers.  They ask that you please fill out the enclosed card and mail it back.  The city would appreciate cooperation in filling these out, so they can have feedback on…Read more…

Johnston City Hunter Nabs 51-Point Buck

WILLIAMSON COUNTY (RFD) — The 2018 firearm deer hunting season is over in Illinois and it includes quite the tale in the southern part of the state. Keith Szablewski of Johnston City is no trophy hunter though. He’s had some very humble success in the fields and woods, until this year anyway. He landed what…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 12-5-18

MT. VERNON — On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML / WRXX News: 20-year-old Damon Johnson of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Tuesday for criminal trespass to residence with person present and disorderly conduct. 56-year-old Ricky Jones of Dix was arrested by Mt. Vernon…Read more…

Nation to Bid Final Farewell to 41st President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late president, George H.W. Bush, in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush’s house on the water. The ceremony Wednesday at Washington…Read more…