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Helicopter trip saves grateful heart attack patient's life

When Grant Brewer didn’t believe he was having a heart attack, Charles Yonaka was pushy in all the right ways. An emergency medical technician (EMT) with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Yonaka knew Brewer’s super-low blood pressure after passing out at work was serious. Serious e


ISP District 19 announced February activity and enforcement

CARMI, Ill. - Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has announced activity and enforcement figures for the month of February. Troopers in District 19, which includes Wabash, Edwards, Wayne, White, Hamilton, Saline, and Gallatin counties, recorded 947 incidents during th


Zumbahlen Expands Horizons through OCC Music Program

Olney Central College music student Sydney Zumbahlen is elated to be expanding her musical horizons at OCC. Zumbahlen is a college freshman from Newton, Ill., who plays piano and flute in in the OCC Concert Band, Pep Band, Commercial Band, Contemporary Band, Jazz Band.


Visitation, funeral services set for Brooke Naylor

CARMI, IL. (WJPF) – Visitation service for Brooke Naylor will be held tonight in Carmi. The 20-year-old went missing last week. Her body was found by a search team in rural Gallatin County. The coroner there saying that she died from exposure to the elements.

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Harrisburg woman finds out in Carmi that brass knuckles are a no-no

CARMI, Ill. - A young woman from Harrisburg learned the hard way yesterday that a person can't tote around a set of brass knuckles, as they're considered a weapon in Illinois. Carmi police reports indicate that at 2:45 p.m. yesterday (Monday, March 11), Sarah A. Bohnert, 29, of a Harrisburg address


Man on the run has been arrested

HAMILTON CO., Ill -- A man wanted by authorities in Hamilton County has been arrested. Charles 'Andy' Sage, 32, was arrested in Union County, Kentucky. He'd been wanted in Hamilton County on aggravated domestic battery charges. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Sage will be extradited back t


2019 Corn Day Theme is announced

The 2019 Corn Day theme was announced at the Carmi Kiwanis Club weekly meeting. Nine entries for this year's Corn Day theme were presented and voted on by all members present. The winner is: Once Upon a Time (Fairytales and the history of Carmi). Businesses and individuals are encour- aged to be as


Conference to focus on political assassinations of the 1960s

OLNEY — The nation’s foremost experts on the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. will gather April 4-8 for a conference at Olney Central College.


Kent Williams inducted into MVC Hall of Fame

ST. LOUIS -- Southern Illinois men's basketball alumnus Kent Williams was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on Thursday morning. Williams, a Mount Vernon native, is SIU's second-leading scorer all-time with more than 2,000 career points.


Fifth District affirms conviction in distracted driving case where defendant was videotaping Wood River cops

MOUNT VERNON -- A jury was correct in finding a defendant guilty of driving while improperly using an electronic device, the Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled. William Rogers had asked the appeals court to overturn his conviction, arguing that there was insufficient evidence and it was contra


Declining attendance, lack of priests causes churches to close

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ill. -- Parishioners belonging to two Catholic Churches in Hamilton County had to find another place to attend Sunday mass this week after the Diocese of Belleville closed their doors.


Mayor Lambird signs Proclamation declaring “MS Awareness Week”

March 10 – March 16, 2019 has been designated as National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. In support, please consider wearing orange or a MS event shirt on Friday, March 15. Come “Join the Movement” and meet the staff that evening at the Olney City Park Community Building for the Knights of Colum


Police find local missing teen dead

CARMI, ILLINOIS – Illinois State Police have found the body of 19-year-old Brooke Naylor. We first told you she had disappeared on March 6. Information was released by Illinois State Police Zone 7 Investigations on Friday.


Inmate indicted for 2018 Galesburg hospital escape

GALESBURG — Nearly a year after a Hill inmate reportedly escaped a local hospital, a Knox County grand jury has indicted the man. Prince Uche, also known as Lucas Brown, 27, South Holland, now faces several counts of felony escape and two felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, both of w


Gun Control Bill Meeting Draws in 400 Plus

The gun control bill meeting at the Family Life Center in Enfield Monday, March 5th, brought out over 400 people, the Illinois Senate Bill 107 is calling for a ban on firearms it defines as "assault weapons." It drew the most attention at Mon- day nights meeting. State Senator Dale Righter, a re- pu


Mount Vernon man gets 14 years for conspiring to distribute meth in Williamson, Jefferson counties

A Mount Vernon man has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a meth conspiracy in which he tried to distribute the drug in Williamson and Jefferson counties, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Weinhoeft.


Multiple vehicles involved in black ice crashes on I-57

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Emergency crews are on the scene of multiple crashes on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County, Illinois, Friday morning, March 8. According to Illinois State Police Trooper Byron Farthing, black ice and snow flurries is creating slick driving conditions on I-57 from the 87


Dog Park Approved for Carmi

The City Council had a meeting, Tuesday, March 5th. The Carmi White County High School STEM class, (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics class) presented the council with plans of a dog park. The students laid the plan out in steps, explaining their vision, research, fundraising, design,


Jefferson County couple sentenced to 20 years for abusing child

MT. VERNON, Ill. -- A Jefferson County couple has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the abuse of their child. Tyrone Steele, 20, and Abagail Adkins, 22, both of Mt. Vernon, were sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court. The pair was convicted in December of aggravated battery of a child,


Community comes together to search for missing Carmi woman

GALLATIN CO., Ill. -- Friends, family, and community members joined Illinois State Police in the search Thursday for missing Carmi native Brooke Naylor. Naylor was last seen Sunday evening in Harrisburg. Her car, a Chevrolet Malibu, was found abandoned on the Eldorado/Ridgway Blacktop, about half wa