Mt. Vernon man, Bonnie woman arrested in hotel for charges from weekend attempted murder incident

A Mt. Vernon man was among those taken into custody over the weekend after an altercation that allegedly resulted in the attempted murder of a Kell woman. Blake R. Miller, 33, is accused of slitting the throat of a 27-year-old victim on Saturday afternoon. The victim and her sister were taken to HSHS St. Anthony’sContinue reading “Mt. Vernon man, Bonnie woman arrested in hotel for charges from weekend attempted murder incident”

Winter storm hits area

A winter storm blanketed the area with a couple of inches of snow Saturday evening. The storm paired with plummeting temperatures started around 5 p.m. and continued up until the midnight hours. The National Weather Service expects one to three inches to accumulate from the storm. Colder nights, including some single digit and subzero temperatures,Continue reading “Winter storm hits area”

IDPH: Area, county could be headed toward Phase Four by Friday

Metrics guiding mitigation figures for the Metro East continued to improve over the past few days, prompting the Illinois Department of Public Health to announce Wednesday that more restrictions could be lifted if the trend continues. Region 4, which includes Washington, Clinton, St. Clair, Randolph and Bond counties, would be allowed to have indoor dining,Continue reading “IDPH: Area, county could be headed toward Phase Four by Friday”

Area health departments continue to await COVID vaccines

Several Southern Illinois health departments released statements commenting on the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. The Washington County Health Department posted on its Facebook on Tuesday that while the area has moved on to vaccinated 1B, the number has not been quick to meet demand. “Vaccine continues to trickle in much slower than we wouldContinue reading “Area health departments continue to await COVID vaccines”

Unemployment numbers across south central Illinois rise in December

Unemployment figures across the region increased in December compared to numbers from November and the year prior, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The monthly map of the state reflected an economy that continues to struggle as stricter COVID-19 regulations were implemented. Washington County reported the lowest unemployment rate in south central IllinoisContinue reading “Unemployment numbers across south central Illinois rise in December”

Washington County sees increase in overdose deaths in 2020

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger released his annual report on Jan. 15, which revealed that the county saw an increase in the amount of overdose deaths reported. In total, there were four overdose deaths in Washington County, according to the report. In 2019, the county reported for the first time in several years no deathsContinue reading “Washington County sees increase in overdose deaths in 2020”

Centralia police investigate five suspicious fires in two weeks

(Standard Staff Report) – The Centralia Fire Department was reportedly called to its fifth suspicious fire on Sunday, Jan. 24. At approximately 7:30 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a fire call in the 700 block of Johnson Street on the city’s northwest side. A metal garage had been engulfed in flames, and according to TimContinue reading “Centralia police investigate five suspicious fires in two weeks”

New online publication strives to bring factual, multimedia coverage to Southern Illinois

A new blog aims to bring factual and visual coverage to Southern Illinois. The Standard (www.thestandard.press) launched in January 2021. It was started by like-minded journalists who want to bring back a stripped down version of today’s events while still representing the heart of the community. Our staff has more than 20 years of experience.Continue reading “New online publication strives to bring factual, multimedia coverage to Southern Illinois”