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Bankers survey shows gains in rural economy of 10 states including Illinois

Bankers survey shows gains in rural economy of 10 states including Illinois

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers suggests a growing improvement in the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states including Illinois. But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says bank CEOs’ biggest fears for 2021 are excessive inflation and higher long-term interest rates. The overall index of January’s Rural…Read More »

Two drug raids in Mt. Vernon lead to five arrests 

Two drug raids in Mt. Vernon lead to five arrests 

Pictured:  Roy Kimber, Tesha Howard, John Phillips, Lindsey Bradford, Brynt Long Five people have been arrested after the Mt. Vernon Police/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department High-Risk Team served two narcotics search warrants in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday. Two were arrested after a quantity of methamphetamine, a large amount of illegal cannabis for distribution, drug paraphernalia, and…Read More »

Marion County Health Department reports 27 new COVID-19 cases

Marion County Health Department reports 27 new COVID-19 cases

The Marion County Health Department reported 27 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There were no additional deaths. Of the new cases, none were long term care residents. Six were students, with contact tracing completed on three of them that were in school during their infectious period. The department reports 19 of the cases are the…Read More »

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Hertl’s shootout goal lifts Sharks over Blues, 2-1

Hertl’s shootout goal lifts Sharks over Blues, 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Marcus Sorensen scored the tying goal late in the second period and Martin Jones made 22 saves for the Sharks, who snapped a six-game losing streak to…

Irving returns, but new-look Nets beaten by Cavs in 2 OTs

Irving returns, but new-look Nets beaten by Cavs in 2 OTs UNDATED (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned from his personal “pause” to score 37 points in his first game with Kevin Durant and James Harden but the new-look, star-studded Brooklyn Nets struggled and lost 147-135 in double overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Collin Sexton scored…