Federal officials have released $1.3 million in Assistance to Firefighter Grants.  In Southern Illinois, the Crossville Fire Department is receiving $111,000.  The Metropolis Fire Department has been awarded $66,000.

21-year-old Travis B. Taylor of Tamaroa died Thursday afternoon when his car crossed center line of Ill. Rt. 148 and struck another vehicle.  The other driver, 48-year-old Amy Jo Russell of Carbondale received major injuries and was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital.

State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn’t hire enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law. The audit says the department had only 10 inspectors to cover 40 mines.

D19 Stuffed Animal Donation

The Grayville Moose Lodge and the Carmi Elks lodge collaborated recently to donate funds for the purchase of two boxes of “Tommy Moose” stuffed animals for the District 19 Illinois State Police Post.  Troopers give the stuffed animals to children during stressful or critical incidents. District 19 Commander Capt. Morrie Fraser accepted the donation. Pictured above left to right are Marty Arnold (Exalted Ruler Carmi Elks Lodge #1652), Richard Schmittler (Grayville Moose Lodge #1960), Randy Garwood (Grayville Moose Lodge #1960), Captain Morrie Fraser (D19 Commander), and Lieutenant Ken Ryder (D19 Operations Officer).

Saturday is the last day for early voting ahead of the Tuesday, April 9 Consolidated Municipal Election. The County Clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon for early voting only.

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