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Clayton Andrew “Andy” Swanner has entered an open plea of “guilty but mentally ill” to a charge of first degree murder.

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The Village of Norris City has a new police officer. Ethan Jones took the oath of office Monday night during the monthly meeting of the Norris City Board.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for a municipal new park on the site of the old movie theater in downtown Carmi.

A group of upset farmers met with the Enfield Village Board last week in an effort to resolve a dispute over the posting of a road that would impact truckers delivering grain to the local elevator. Graham Giesler of Consolidated Grain and Barge addressed the board about signs recently posted…

An apparent accidental shooting last Saturday night has left a Maunie man seriously injured. The victim has been identified as Justin W. DeLong, 26 of Sheridan Street in Maunie.

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The only Carmi White County School Board member to vote NO on the district's back to school plan has abruptly resigned. 

The Carmi City Council has given its approval to seek a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCOE) grant to complete waterline improvement in the Hillsdale Drive area. Jim Brown of the engineering firm of Brown and Roberts told councilmen that the maximum amount available through…

The recently opened Fairfield Memorial Hospital Horizon Healthcare Carmi Medical Clinic has been awarded exemplary provider accreditation.

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Members of the White County Board have approved an amendment to Ranger Power’s permit to build a massive solar farm in southern White County. Ed Heller, a representative with New York-based Ranger Power asked the board to amend their permit to reflect the addition of around 620 acres of land…

Several linemen from the Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative are in Louisiana helping restore electrical service knocked out by Hurricane Laura. The Category 4 storm caused widespread damage along the Louisiana coast resulting in officials putting out the call for help.

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A Crossville man faces felony charges in connection with the alleged assault of a Grayville police officer last month. Robert Steven McGill, Jr. 38 of Crossville was arrested Friday, Sept. 4 by Vanderburgh County, Ind. authorities on the no-bond White County warrant.

“It’s time to enforce cleaning up our town,” said Enfield Mayor Tom Harbour during the Aug. 18 meeting of the Board of Trustees. “We have several residents who need to clean up their property, now that we have an officer to issue citations for neglect.”

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Nathan A. Johnson, 29 of James Avenue in Carmi has been jailed in connection with a stabbing last Thursday night.

Walter David Bertram, 41 of Carmi has been sentenced to nine years in prison after his probation on a previous attempted burglary conviction was revoked. Bertram was sentenced Monday, Aug. 24 in White County Circuit court at Carmi.

One of White County’s most recognizable landmarks is gone – taken down in a matter of days. The former Continental Grain elevator at Epworth has been torn down to make room for an expansion of the adjacent Nutrien Ag Solutions plant. 

New York based Ranger Power remains on track to build a massive utility scale solar project in southern White County. “Our Southern Illinois project is still in the early stages of development,” said Sam O’Keefe, Project Developer for Ranger Power. “A special use permit was issued by White C…

An intergovernmental agreement has been established which will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to oversee the renovation of the New Harmony Bridge. The agreement was drawn up during a meeting last week of the Illinois New Harmony Bridge Authority and the Indiana New Harmony a…

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Voters in White County will be asked this November if they want to impose a 1 percent sales tax to help fund the operation of the county’s ambulance service as well as area police and fire departments. The “First Responders” referendum will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. The referendum questio…

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While the Carmi Kiwanis Club has officially canceled this year's Corn Day celebration because of COVID-19 issues, city officials are concerned about crowds packing the bars during the traditional Corn Day weekend-the second weekend in October.

Formal charges have been filed against a Tennessee man in connection with a high speed chase last week that left two Grayville police cruisers damaged. The suspect has been identified as Timothy L. Shaver, 52 of Andersonville, Tenn. At the time of his arrest, authorities believed he was from…

For the first time in 32 years, Norris City is raising its water rates. The increase is needed to help finance the city's share of a major water line renovation project.

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With less than two months before the start of a new school year, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield (NCOE) administration officials are still grappling over how to reopen attendance centers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. June 22, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued a 63-page d…

Engineers are expected to spend three days inspecting the New Harmony bridge to determine if the long-closed structure can be safely reopened.  Inspectors with the engineering firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) of Northbrook, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana are in the pr…

Several new agenda items were on this week’s regularly scheduled Grayville City Council meeting, to include what to do about racing/demolition derby vehicles within Grayville. 

In an odd turn of events at Monday night’s Grayville City Council meeting, Finance Commissioner Jordan questioned the approval of the Consent Agenda within the first 30 seconds of the meeting’s start.

When White County voters go to the polls this November, they will be asked if they're in favor of forming a new state separate from Cook County.  The referendum will appear on the November 3 ballot after the White County Board Monday approved the question. The move comes after residents of m…

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A high speed crash in a residential section of Carm claimed the lives of two young White County men Monday night.  The victims have been identified as James Irvin Grant, 29 of Carmi and Brandon Lee Rhodes, 21, a Grayville native.

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Wabash County.  Officials with the Wabash County Health Department announced Friday, June 5 that the patients were tested as outpatients and are now self quarantined.

Police in Carmi are investigating the shooting death of an elderly couple. Shortly after 11:30 Friday morning, Carmi City Police were called to 1604 Hillcrest Avenue in Carmi where the bodies of a husband and wife were found. The identity of the victims has not been released pending notifica…

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How and when the 38 seniors at Norris City Omaha Enfield (NCOE) High School will graduate remains up in the air. During the May 20 meeting of the NCOE Board, Superintendent Matt Vollman and board members all agreed that an in-person graduation ceremony is preferred. However, with social dist…

Water issues dominated much of the May 19th meeting of the Enfield Board of Trustees. Bob Meyers raised a concern with Mayor Tom Harbour about the runoff of rain water from the recently demolished Gupta property next door to him.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has forced the closure of the Carmi municipal swimming pool for the 2020 summer season. The announcement was made Tuesday night by Mayor Jeff Pollard during the regular City Council meeting.

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Fairfield Memorial Hospital is temporarily closing its Carmi Respiratory Illness Screening Clinic. The Fairfield Respiratory Illness Screening Clinic will continue to remain open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The FMH Respiratory Illness Screening Clinic Tent is located at 213 NW 10th Street…

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Whether it was in a coaching or playing role, I always found that when I competed it was easier to do so on my home- court.For essential workers Felicia Owen and Jessica Northcott, the term “playing on the road” will always hold a different meaning moving forward for these two hometown nurse…