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.
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Grant applications available
MT. VERNON -- Applications for Schweinfurth Foundation grants are now available and being accepted by U.S. Bank, N.A. The Schweinfurth Foundation Trust was created by the late Dr. Carl Lincoln Schweinfurth, a Mt. Vernon native, philanthropist, educatContinued ...
Winter storm watch issued
MT. VERNON -- Southern Illinois is about to see its first measurable precipitation of the winter season starting this evening and continuing through the weekend. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., has issued a winter storm watch covering JContinued ...
MVTHS report data won't change
MT. VERNON -- Mt. Vernon Township High School's 2012-2013 state test results will remain the same as what's listed in the district's School Report Card. Last month, Superintendent Michael Smith had questioned the accuracy of some of the Report Card dContinued ...
Santa to appear at Cedarhurst
MT. VERNON -- A family holiday event, Christmas with Santa will be held at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. The program is part of the School Performing Arts series held at the facility, however, this is the first time a performance will be held in thContinued ...
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