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Sex Offender Sent to Prison

May 17, 2017, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, IL- Jackie Ray Endicott, Jr., 45, formerly of Shawneetown, IL pleaded guilty in Gallatin County Circuit Court Monday, May 15, 2017, to one count of Failure to Report Sex Offender Change of Address, a Class 2 Felony.  Endicott admitted the allegations contained in a one-count Information filed May 1, 2017 in Gallatin County Circuit Court that he failed to register his move to Eldorado, IL for more than a three-day period, pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act requirements.    Endicott was found guilty in 2005 of the same offense in Saline County, Illinois, causing this offense to be an enhanced felony. 


            Under the terms of the plea agreement Endicott received a sentence of three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a mandatory supervised release or parole period of two years. The investigation began when the Illinois State Police, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Dept., and Shawneetown Police Dept. conducted compliance checks on sex offenders living in Gallatin County.    

            The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police Zone 7 Investigations, the Shawneetown Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Dept.  The case was prosecuted by the Gallatin County State’s Attorney.     

House Fire in Ridgway

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Ridgway Fire Department were summoned to the corner of Murphy and South St. in Ridgway around 4 PM.  The house of Louise Carruba, 2 story structure was engulfed in flames.  Ridgway requested Shawneetown for assistance with the Phone company  and Farm Bureau office nearby along with some other residences.  The fire is under investigation for the cause.

You can click on the link below to view pictures.


Wes Duffy Awarded GM Mark of Excellence

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Local Expressway Chevrolet salesman, Wes Duffy was recently awarded the GM Mark of Excellence Award for 2016, the 2nd year in a row he has achieved this honor.  General Motors recognizes a commitment to excellence and presents this award that symbolizes the very pinnacle of success!! This award represents one of the highest honors in the industry and communicates to your peers, customers, family and friends that you truly are the "Best of the Best." Wes currently resides in Ridgway, IL and is proud to serve the great people of Gallatin County and the surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact Wes directly at any time for any of your current or future vehicle needs at 618-559-2341 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or you can stop by the store at 4000 Hwy 62 E, in Mt Vernon, IN. 


Make A Difference--Volunteer!



What have you done lately to make a difference in your town? Your county? Here’s your chance. Consider setting aside a block of time to join the work of others and have a positive, local impact you can feel good about. How? Become a volunteer! Join USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017. This week NRCS is saying “Thank you!” by honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. “I’d also challenge everyone to make a difference right where you are. Look for opportunities—places and organizations near you—where you can direct your time and skills, and truly have an impact,” says State Conservationist Ivan Dozier.


The Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce. These volunteers work across the country and have a huge impact. Nationally, during fiscal year 2017 (that means October 2016 through March 2017), more than 9,300 people donated 81,600 hours of service to NRCS in 926 different offices.


“Here in Illinois NRCS, we recognized eleven of our offices. They organized a total of 37 volunteers who donated 362 hours of their time to help put conservation on the ground. That’s a big help,” Dozier adds.


Volunteers who spend time working with NRCS play an important role in the state’s conservation work. They support local county efforts and federal conservation programs that reduce soil erosion and improve water quality. According to Dozier, “Every volunteer has an impact and for that, we are grateful.”


The Earth Team program was created back in 1985 and is still going strong. It offers a way for individuals age 14 and older to volunteer time and talents that improve our nation’s natural resources. They help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and farmers services like conservation technical assistance or teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.


Are YOU ready to accept the challenge? If you want to volunteer in your local area to make a difference, the Earth Team can make it happen. Learn more at:http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/earthteam or email the Illinois State Earth Team Volunteer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

One Hurt From 4 Wheeler Accident

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

At approx. 7:40 PM the Ridgway Fire Deptartment were summoned to make a landing zone at St. Joe Field for accident victim from a 4 wheeler accident.

According to the intital investigation a female with the name being held at this time was involved in a ATV 4 wheeler accident near St. Joe Cemetery outside of Ridgway.   The victim ending up  being transported to a local hospital by the Gallatin County Ambulance.   The Gallatin County Sheriff Department is handling the investigation of this accident.

More details will be reported later.