City Council Takes Cemetery Mowing Bids Under Advisement

The Mt. Carmel City Council has taken three bids under advisement for the city’s cemetery mowing contract. The bids were opened at Monday’s City Council meeting and broke down like this:

K & K Small Jobs in Grayville bid $700 for each mowing;

Clean Cut Lawn Care bid a total of $27,000 for the 31 week mowing season;

Banks Mowing bid $650 and $250 for weedeating each time.

City Clerk Rudy Witsman said the bids will analyzed and a decision is expected at their next meeting in two weeks. Previously, Witsman floated the possibility that city crews may mow the cemeteries this year if money could be saved.

City Clerk Rudy Witsman opens bids for the city’s cemetery mowing contract at Monday’s City Council meeting.

City Clerk Rudy Witsman opens bids for the city’s cemetery mowing contract at Monday’s City Council meeting.


 If you are interested in obtaining your Illinois Concealed Carry License, why not enroll in the next Concealed Carry course being offered by Illinois Eastern Community Colleges  which will be offered at  Wabash Valley College at the Advanced Technology Center on Thursday and Friday nights,  January 24 and 25, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday, January 26, from  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Jay Carter  is the instructor for this class.

Not only will attendees learn the minimum information required by the Concealed Carry Act, but through the use of lecture and range drills, attendees will learn how to safely handle a handgun and hone their skills, as a marksman, and survive a real-world encounter.  Whether you are new to handguns or more experienced, this course is designed to make everyone a more knowledgeable and accomplished shooter.  Through the teaching of current trends and techniques, students will learn and understand how to maintain the proper mindset, skills, and abilities that come with “bearing arms” for the purpose of self-defense.

Pre-registration is required.  The cost of the 16-hour course is $175 for in-District students, which includes tuition and fees, and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course.  The cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92.  For more information or to get registered, contact your local Student Services Office:  Wabash Valley College-Mt. Carmel, 866-982-4322, or Frontier Community College-Fairfield, 877-464-3687. If you have questions concerning the program, contact the Concealed Carry Coordinator, Bryan Hart, at, or call 618-879-9420 and leave a message.



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County Board Approves Special Event Liquor License For Crystal Ball

Wabash County Commissioners last night approved a special event liquor license to the Wabash Valley College Foundation for the annual Crystal Ball. The dinner dance, which is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is set for Saturday, February 9th at the Anderson Building on the grounds of the Mabel Courter Youth Center. Since the building is outside Mt. Carmel city limits, it was up to the county board to issue the special event license which was done so unanimously.


Mayor: City Not To Blame For Shopko Leaving Mt. Carmel

If you’re disappointed that Shopko in Mt. Carmel is closing, Mt. Carmel Mayor Bill Hudson says don’t blame city officials…

 The mayor’s comments came at last night’s City Council meeting. As we reported last week, Shopko began a liquidation sale at their West 9th Street location. Recent news reports have said that Shopko’s corporation has plans to seek bankruptcy protection as early as this week. Along with Mt. Carmel, a total of 45 Shopko locations will close.


Mt. Carmel Man Picked Up On FTA Warrant

01/09/2019- Mt. Carmel Police arrested 23 year old Justin K. Prater of Mt. Carmel after police stopped a vehicle in which was a passenger.  The arresting officer knew Prater was wanted on a Wabash County failure to appear warrant and placed him under arrest.  While searching Prater police located a hypodermic needle on his person.  Police transported Prater to the Wabash County Jail where he was cited for possession of a hypodermic needle and served the Wabash County warrant.  Prater was held pending the posting of bond.  Mt. Carmel Police were assisted by the Wabash County Sheriff's Office.


Hiding Drugs In Bra Leads To More Charges For Mt. Carmel Woman

01/11/2019-Mt. Carmel Police arrested 26 year old Chelse A. Wilkinson of Mt. Carmel after she was stopped by the Mt. Carmel Police.  Police stopped Wilkinson after she was observed operating a vehicle in the 300 block of W. 3rd Street.  Police knew Wilkinson was wanted on a Wabash County warrant and placed her under arrest.  Wilkinson was transported to the Wabash County Jail and during the in processing she was found to have hidden suspected narcotics in her bra.  Wilkinson was served the Wabash County warrant, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, and she was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution.  Wilkinson is being held pending the posting of bond.


Man Arrested For Failing To Pay For Cab From Evansville

01/14/2019-Mt. Carmel Police arrested 28 year old Brandon S. Rayborn of Mt. Carmel.  Rayborn is accused of failing to pay a cab driver for a trip from Evansville to Mt. Carmel.  The complainant advised when they arrived at the destination, Rayborn took off running without paying.   Police located Rayborn in the 800 block of W. 5th and placed him under arrest.  Rayborn did not have the means to pay for the cab so he was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged with theft of services.  Rayborn is being held pending the posting of bond.