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Saturday COVID-19 Update:  7,873 new cases and 108 additional deaths   

Saturday COVID-19 Update:  7,873 new cases and 108 additional deaths   

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 7,873 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 108 COVID related deaths. There were no deaths reported in South Central Illinois.  There were eight deaths reported in Madison County and one n St. Clair County in the Metro-East and one death in Williamson County in…Read More »

Two Salem women arrested for possession of lost credit card      

Two Salem women arrested for possession of lost credit card      

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two women for possession of a lost credit card as part of an on-going investigation. 21-year-old Kaylee Hanks of North Shelby and 18-year-old Alexis Fairchild of West Warmoth were both taken to the Marion County Jail where they remain. Fairchild was also arrested on an outstanding Marion County misdemeanor…Read More »

Detached garage destroyed by fire in rural Odin

Detached garage destroyed by fire in rural Odin

Flames shoot from a detached garage at the Dwayne Hunter home at 1748 Red Stripe Road in rural Odin Friday evening.     A detached garage at the Dwayne Hunter home at 1748 Red Stripe Road west of Odin was destroyed in a Friday night fire. Odin Fire Chief Greg Smith says the pole barn type…Read More »

Mt. Vernon woman hurt in Williamson County crash   

Mt. Vernon woman hurt in Williamson County crash   

A 35-year-old Mt. Vernon woman was injured in a single-car crash in Williamson County in deep Southern Illinois early Saturday morning. Preliminary investigation by State Police indicates the car driven by Holly Stewart was traveling south on Illinois Route 148 near Grassy Road when she ran off the right side of the road and overturned. …Read More »

Former Belleville Diocese Bishop to become Cardinal on Saturday  

Former Belleville Diocese Bishop to become Cardinal on Saturday  

Former Belleville Diocese Bishop Wilton Gregory gets elevated to Cardinal status at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday. Wilton and others scheduled to get their red hats are sequestering ahead of the event due to COVID-19.  A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on Vatican orders and getting meals delivered to…Read More »

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COVID-19 cancels Illini football game Saturday against Ohio State

COVID-19 cancels Illini football game Saturday against Ohio State

UNDATED (AP) — No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week. The cancelation Friday came about seven hours after Ohio State announced coach Ryan Day had tested positive and wouldn’t travel with the team to Champaign, Illinois. The team…

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois. Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio. Ben Vander Plas added 20 points and Dwight Wilson scored 12 for…

Bears name Mitchell Trubisky starting QB vs. Packers

Bears name Mitchell Trubisky starting QB vs. Packers

LAKE FOREST, IIll. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky will be the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Trubisky took all the first-team snaps at practice this week but coach Matt Nagy had stopped just short of designating him the starter, just in case Nick Foles was able to return from…