Berry Township, IL

2022 07/06 – William T. “Bud” Lents

William T. “Bud” Lents of Flora, IL passed away Thursday, the 30th of June 2022 in his home, after a long battle with cancer. Bud was born on the 17th of February 1938 in Flora to Frank and Madeline (Gibson) Lents. He graduated from Flora High School. He served our nation in the US Navy for twenty years, obtaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1976, Bud retired from the Navy and returned with his family to Flora. He quickly found another way to serve, this time his neighbors, as a US Postal Service letter carrier for twenty years.
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2022 07/05 – Kenneth Lyle McKinzie

Kenneth Lyle McKinzie, 94, of Woodlawn, Illinois, passed away at 7:34 pm June 30, 2022, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born January 19, 1928, in Irvington, Illinois to the late James and Mae (Raines) McKinzie. Ken married Betty Jean (Butler) McKinzie on September 10, 1954, at Faith United Methodist Church in Centralia, Illinois. They were blessed with 62 wonderful years of marriage before her passing on April 5, 2017.
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2022 07/05 – Lloyd Allan Edwards

Lloyd Allan Edwards, 92, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 2:55 am July 2, 2022, at the Arthur Home in Arthur, Illinois. He was born November 15, 1929, in Springfield, Illinois to the late Walter Lloyd and Lois E. (Duggleby) Edwards. Allan married Joanne McClelland in 1961 and she preceded him in death in 1968. Allan then married Alyce Gissal Bull on December 13, 1969, in Alton, Illinois. After forty-seven years of marriage, she preceded him in death in January of 2017. He then married Joann Erma Johnson on October 20, 2018, at Green Tree in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2020.
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2022 07/09 – Stephen Alan Pigg

Stephen Alan Pigg, 73, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 3:59 am June 19, 2022, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born July 28, 1948, in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Floyd and Laverne (Copple) Pigg. Stephen is survived by his children, Benjamin Irvin Pigg, Gregory James Rector, Ryan Stephen Pigg, and Courtney Clawson; grandchildren, Lauren, Cody, Chase, Hailey, River, Lydia, Chole, Bailey, Aria, and Aylah; great-grandchildren, Lily, Emberlyn, Emmett; brother, Kim Pigg; and sister, Kirby Presswood.

Burglary Call in Ellery Leads to Arrest

An Erie County man was arrested after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were called to a burglary in progress Thursday afternoon in the Town of Ellery. Deputies responded to a residence on Route 430 shortly before 2:30 PM and located 47-year-old Jonathan Bernacki of Akron on scene. Bernacki was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 4th-degree criminal mischief, and petit larceny. He was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

Another Season Finished At The Salem Little League Complex On Friday Night

In Softball Minors, Modern Woodman beat T&K Title for the City Series championship 8-1. In girls Majors, Landers knocked off Dairy Queen in the 3rd and decisive game of their best of 3 City Series winning 10-1. Chelsey Haines had 2 hits and a run, Samara Simmons 2 hits and drove in a run along with Alana Howe with Kinslie Parrish adding 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI. In the loss, DQ’s Jorja English and Ziva Owens had 2 hits each. Alaigha Hughes, Gabby Goosetree, Grayce Rose all singled. Kenzie Collier doubled driving in a run.

Salem Soccer Tryouts July 9th

Salem Soccer will have their Fall tryouts next Saturday, July 9th at FCC Fields. Salem Soccer joins the SWIS league in the Fall. Their season goes from mid-August to October. They travel to Clinton County area teams, Lebanon, Mascoutah, O’Fallon, etc. We will also attend one to two tournaments.

Jackie Dean Dent

Jackie Dean Dent, 89, of Nason, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 4:40 pm June 30, 2022 at home with his family by his side. He was born November 28, 1932 in Marion, Illinois to the late William and Alice (Gower) Dent. Jack married Margie (Hester) Dent on December 31, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. They were married just over 65 wonderful years before her passing on March 24, 2020. Jack is survived by his children, Jackie Dent of Nason, David Dent of Nason, Bill Dent and wife, Paula of John’s Island, South Carolina, Darryl Dent of Indiana, and Ginger Dent and significant other, Domnick Wheatley of Scheller; grandchildren, Spencer Dent and wife, Sarah of New Point, Indiana, Tyler Dent and wife, Rilie of Beechgrove, Indiana, Amber Wright and husband, Kenny of Columbus, Ohio, Sara Dent and significant other, Jordan Wehrheim of Nason, Chris Williams of Nason, Jazzmine Dent of Nason, Jacob West and significant other, Alyssa Bonstell of Nason, and Danielle Droste of Nashville, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Ryker, Kayden, Kayson, Karson, Julia, Hayden, Sadie, and one more due in November; sister, Sue Jones of Bonnie, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Michelle Sigwerth of Ina, Illinois, Marcella Dent of Bonnie, Illinois, Janet Dent of Nason, Shirley Stebbins of Mount Vernon, and Carolyn Dubois of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Jack was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Greg West; siblings, Earl Dent, Fred Dent, Lester Bob Dent, Wanda Lee Reynolds, and Leon Dent; and parents-in-law, Lester and Lela Williams. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Dent’s Pickery for 40 years. He also worked at General Radiators. Jack was the mayor of Nason for 25 years. Alongside his wife, Jack was a 4H Leader for many years. He was also a member of the Waltonville VFW. Jack loved to fish, but most of all, he cherished the time shared with family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and adored him. The Dent family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Jack’s caregivers: Dr. Cheryl Emmons, Carolyn Dubois, Lisa Linn, Kim Galiher-Sledge, Sara Dent, and Jacob West.

Police Beat for Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Salem Police arrested 39-year-old Michael Talley of Rubel Lane in Salem for violation of the sex offender registration. Police report Talley was not living at the address he had provided to the police department. 33-year-old Roderick Currie of East Kerr in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding...

Clark Arrested on Richland County Warrant

On June 27th at approximately 4:00 PM, Deputy Capeheart with the White County Sheriff’s Office was informed by dispatch that 40 year old Larry J Clark of 202 S Monroe in Parkersburg was brought in by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department for the charge of Domestic Battery. Capeheart learned that Clark was wanted on a Failure to Appear on a warrant out of Richland County for Driving While License Suspended. Capeheart stated that he informed Clark that he was under arrest for the warrant, along with his domestic charge. Bond for Clark was set at $150. He paid bond and was released.

Mt. Vernon, Ill. Sanitary Sewer Project moves forward with IEPA loan approval

MT. VERNON, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has approved the loan to the City of Mt. Vernon for a large Sanitary Sewer improvement project. The project includes the construction of new force mains for the Maple Street and Wagner Road lift stations, construction of new gravity flow lines, inlets to the sanitary sewer plant and the lining of various sewer lines in the area of Mannen Street in Mt. Vernon.

Kell Fire Department announces promotion of Kyle Boozer

A ten-year member of the Kell Fire Department has been promoted to the lieutenant’s position. Kyle Boozer first joined the department in August 2012. He’s been responsible for the maintenance on the department’s self- contained breathing apparatus (air packs) for many years. Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says...

Two out of state residents arrested in Mt. Vernon on drug and weapons charges

MT. VERNON, IL — Mt. Vernon police arrested two men Wednesday on multiple drug and weapons charges. According to the police department, 27-year-old Tre-vell Robinson of Grandview Missouri was arrested around 9 a.m. Wednesday on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of between 15 and 100 grams of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of between 5 and 15 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Stolen 4-Wheeler Returned to Owners

The White County Sheriff’s Department responded to call in reference to a report of a 4-wheeler being stolen from a residence in Springerton. On June 23rd Officer George Spencer arrived at 124 E Cherry Street and met with Betty L Rush and Curtis R Rush who are the owners of the ATV. Curtis stated that he had parked the 4-wheeler beneath a tree on the north side of their property and began mowing the lawn. Rush said he was mowing when an unknown individual started the mower and drove away. The Rush’s said that they have surveillance footage of the subject taking the 4-wheeler. The footage shows the subject walk past the ATV. The subject then returned and started the vehicle and drove away. The video showed the 4-wheeler being taken at approximately 1:16 pm. On Tuesday, June 28th, the 4-wheeler was located and returned to the owners.

2022 07/5 – Frank D. Davidson

Frank P. Davidson, 98, of Salem, Illinois passed away June 30, 2022, at the St. Louis University Trauma Center with family at his side. Arrangements are pending at the Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home in Salem, entrusted with the family’s care.