MT. VERNON - — The Mt. Vernon Fire Department was called to the Country Cooking Restaurant and truck stop on Broadway at 10:51 a.m. Sunday morning after receiving several reports of smoke coming from the area of the main entrance. According to Mt. Vernon Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Sargent, the fire was contained to the roof over the entrance and did not get inside the building, where many patrons and staff were located at the time the fire broke out. “We got a good stop on it before it got to the main roof area of the building,” Sargent said. “It's too early to tell for sure but we believe it was electrical or look at the possibility of a lightening strike due to the strong storms in the area at the time.” Those inside the building were evacuated without incident. By early Sunday afternoon, the regional manager of the facility and the health department were expected to inspect the building before deciding on when it could be reopened.
TESA GLASS/REGISTER-NEWS Two vehicles collided at about 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon at the intersection of Illinois Highway 37 and Dix-Irvington Road. The vehicles, driven by Carolyn Chambers, 77, of Centralia; and Timothy Durham, 43; received major dContinued ...
County votes on aggregation
Editor's Note: This is the fifth story featuring candidates and referendum in Jefferson County for the March 18 Primary Election. Today the electric aggregation referendum is highlighted. MT. VERNON -- The question of whether electric aggregation wilContinued ...
Retailers eye store closures
MT. VERNON -- Two major retailers -- with local stores in Mt. Vernon -- announced this week they are closing a number of locations due to a sluggish market. Staples became the second major chain to announce mass closing of stores on Thursday, joiningContinued ...
MVTHS mock trial team preps for state
MT. VERNON -- Members of the newly resurrected mock trial team at Mt. Vernon Township High School took part in a special practice session Thursday afternoon to prepare for their first state tournament this weekend in Champaign. The session took placeContinued ...
MVTHS mock trial team prepares for state competition
The Mt. Vernon Township High School mock trial team held a special practice at the Jefferson County Courthouse Thursday to prepare for this weekend's state tournament.Continued ...
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