Sean Michael York

Sean Michael York

Sean Michael York, 36, of Springerton, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in White County, Illinois. He was born on October 26, 1985 in Mt. Vernon, IL the son of Michael Ray York and Lucy Jill Rendleman. He married Emily Joy Hodge on August 23, 2014.

Sean was the co-owner and manager of York Farms, Inc. along with his brother Wesley. In the offseason, he was a Wilderness Therapist in Northern Wisconsin and Alaska. He was also a licensed real estate agent and land specialist. He was a graduate of Hamilton County High School, Class of 2004. He graduated Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation. He served as the secretary for the Beaver Creek Township Board, a certified Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator. 

Sean was passionate about all things involving nature. He loved hiking, backpacking, hunting, mountain climbing, aviation, traveling, wood working, playing music and spending time with his beloved wife and children with whom he shared his love of the natural world. He was a member of the Springerton Christian Church and was currently attending Dahlgren Community Chapel.

All who knew Sean were touched by his adventurous spirit, his kindness, gentleness, warmth and calm, at-ease demeanor. He will be remembered as an incredibly motivated and self-driven person, someone who would help a stranger with no expectations of a favor returned. He possessed a quiet strength, learned from his time in nature and traveling the world, that led him to pursue a life unattached to materialistic living. He was a wise soul who soaked up the simple pleasures of life.  

Sean is survived by his wife, Emily and their two children, Sawyer Allen and Rosemary Joy; his constant four-legged companion Dede, mother Lucy Jill Rendleman, step father, Edwin William Vogler III, his brother, Wesley Ford York; his twin sister, Mary Margaret York; many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Ray York, his paternal grandparents Charles Ray and Clara Margaret York, maternal grandparents Dr. David Ford Lee and Mary Elizabeth Greer Rendleman, and beloved cousins.  

Services will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Dahlgren Community Chapel. Visitation will be from 11-2 pm with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to SIU Touch of Nature or Friends of the Shawnee National Forest.  Donations may be sent to Gholson Funeral Home, c/o Sean York, 500 S Washington Street, McLeansboro, IL 62859.  To share a special story or memory, please visit https://www.gholsonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Sean-York

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”… Jack Kerouac

Relay for Life for Hamilton and Wayne County set for June 4th at Hamco Courthouse

Relay for Life for Hamilton and Wayne County set for June 4th at Hamco Courthouse

MCLEANSBORO, IL — “Peace, Love and Relay” is the theme for this year’s Relay for Life of Hamilton and Wayne County set for Saturday, June 4, from 5 to 10 p.m.. at the Hamilton County Courthouse Square in McLeansboro.

Fundraising tents will open at 5 p.m. Music by Debbie Knight will start at 5:30 p.m. The opening ceremony/survivor lap/caregiver lap/team laps begin at 6 p.m. Music by Snake Lane Review is set for 6:30 p.m. Trivia by 4-H is at 7:30 p.m. Music by Jake Austin is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m.

Food tents featuring chicken and dumplings, barbecue, a bake sale and more will also be available.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SALUKI TRIATHLON ON JUNE 18

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SALUKI TRIATHLON ON JUNE 18

CARBONDALE, IL — Registration is now underway for the Saluki Triathlon at SIU Carbondale on June 18.

This is the second year for the Recreational Sports and Services event, originally named the King Tut Strut Triathlon. It’s a sprint distance event incorporating a 0.2-mile swim in Campus Lake, a 5-mile bicycle ride around the southwest side of campus and a 2-mile run on the trail circling the lake.

This year’s triathlon has expanded to welcome anyone age 12 or older to participate. Organizers encourage both first-time competitors and avid triathletes to join in the fun. Individuals and teams can compete.

The deadline to register is June 17 to allow timing preparations. Signup will end early if the field reaches 75 competitors. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the race. The cost is $35 for an individual entry or $90 for a three-person team.

The top three finishers in the men’s and women’s sprint solo divisions will each receive medals. In addition, plaques will go to the overall top:

Male competitor.
Female competitor.
Winning team. Each team member will receive a medal, too.

The race begins and ends at the Becker Pavilion on Campus Lake, which was totally renovated just a few years ago courtesy of a million-dollar donation from alumnus Ralph E. Becker from SIU’s Class of 1955, and his wife, Jane. Although public swimming isn’t offered on Campus Lake, a small sand beach area next to the pavilion accommodates events such as the Saluki Triathlon and the Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Awards will be presented at Becker Pavilion 30 minutes after the last competitor finishes.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with the Saluki Triathlon, to provide directions and assure the safety of participants during the bicycling and running phases of the event. About 40 volunteers are needed. Sign up online to help.

For registration and additional information, visit rec.siu.edu/classes-and-events/saluki-triathlon.php or email emma.bigham@siu.edu.

Chicago man charged in Marion County Court with weapons charges

Chicago man charged in Marion County Court with weapons charges

SALEM, IL — A 28-year-old Chicago man was charged Tuesday in Marion County Court with weapons charges.

According to court documents, Armani Moore was arrested early Monday morning by Centralia police for allegedly possessing a loaded and uncased 45 caliber pistol. He was formally charged in court with Class 4 felony aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon without a FOID and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a valid FOID. Judge Mark Stedelin released Moore from the Marion County Jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Moore is next scheduled to appear in court June 21 for a preliminary hearing and a first appearance with his court-appointed attorney.

CENTRALIA MAN CHARGED WITH KICKING CPD OFFICER

CENTRALIA MAN CHARGED WITH KICKING CPD OFFICER

MARION COUNTY, IL — A 25-year-old Centralia man was released from the Marion County Jail Tuesday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond after he was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer.

According to court records, Robert Kinnicutt is also known as Robert Gatsis was charged with Class 2 felony aggravated battery of a peace officer for allegedly kicking a Centralia Police officer in the leg.   

Judge Mark Stedelin scheduled Kinnicutt to next appear in court June 21 for a preliminary hearing and a first appearance with his court-appointed attorney.

Marion County Sheriff alerting public to new scam

Marion County Sheriff alerting public to new scam

MARION COUNTY, IL — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public to a possible scam in the area.

According to Lt. Anthony Decker, they spoke to the victim of a scam Tuesday who said he was weed eating at his residence when a beige Yukon pulled up with a male driver and a female passenger. The alleged suspect(s) offered to sell him some gold jewelry and they negotiated the price of $600. Then on Tuesday, the victim went to the jewelry store only to find out that the jewelry was fake.  

He was reportedly told by employees at the jewelry shop that several others have fallen victim to this same scam in this area and have also mentioned a black Cadillac passenger car.  

Deer Creek bridge in Patoka closed until further notice

Deer Creek bridge in Patoka closed until further notice

PATOKA, IL — The bridge over Deer Creek on Deer Creek Road near Patoka School has been closed until further notice.

According to the Marion County Highway Department, the bridge has exposed steel piles that have rusted away at the waterline. The problem was apparently first discovered in January, with the Illinois Department of Transportation ordered the bridge closed following an inspection Monday.

Officials are hopeful they can have repair work completed before school returns in the fall.

Town Hall set for June 6th regarding Vandalia Correctional Center

Town Hall set for June 6th regarding Vandalia Correctional Center

VANDALIA, IL — A Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for the evening of Monday, June 6, to address questions surrounding the future of the Vandalia Correctional Center.

State Senator Jason Plummer and State Representative Blaine Wilhour had earlier indicated the Town Hall would be scheduled when it appeared reductions in the inmate population at Vandalia might happen.
The Town Hall is free and open to the public.

It’ll take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 6th at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Center at 2310 West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

The legislators plan to provide an update on what information they’ve been able to collect from the administration, and there will be time for people to offer comments and ask questions.

JEFFERSON COUNTY ARREST REPORTS – MAY 23RD, 2022

JEFFERSON COUNTY ARREST REPORTS – MAY 23RD, 2022

MT. VERNON, IL — On Monday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office along with the Mt. Vernon Police Department reported the following arrests to this Withers Broadcasting/Dana Communications Radio Station;

26-year-old Zachary Terry of Mt. Vernon was arrested Friday by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Domestic Battery, Child Pornography Possession/Reproduction, and on a Probation Violation.

31-year-old Rejika Peoples of Mt. Vernon was arrested Friday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department for Violation of Bail Bond.

23-year-old Deja Hill of Mt. Vernon was arrested Friday by the MVPD for Violation of Bail Bond.

43-year-old Larry Sharp of Mt. Vernon was arrested Friday by Mt. Vernon Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance & Retail Theft.

41-year-old Richard Bain of Woodlawn was arrested Friday by the JCSO for Violating an Order of Protection.

22-year-old De Mond Vasser of Mounds was arrested Saturday by the Mt. Vernon PD for Aggravated Unlawful Used of a Firearm without a FOID, Possession a Firearm with Defaced ID Markings, Possession of Cannabis.

51-year-old Traci Graham of Bonnie was arrested Saturday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department for Violation of Bail Bond.

45-year-old David Robinson of Mt. Vernon was arrested Saturday by the MVPD for Domestic Battery.

58-year-old Terry Metts of Mt. Vernon was arrested Sunday by the JCSO for Violating Bail Bond.

62-year-old Brett Gregory of Waltonville was arrested Sunday by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for Violating an Order of Protection.

35-year-old Burel Capps of Opdyke was arrested Monday by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for Driving on a Revoked License.

28-year-old Forrest Nutter of Chickamauga, GA was arrested Monday for Possession of Cannabis between 2-5,000 grams.

26-year-old Daniel McNabb of Rossville, GA was arrested Monday for Possession of Cannabis between 2-5,000 grams.

This information comes directly from the daily booking report at the Jefferson County Justice Center. The information provides a list of individuals arrested for a crime and processed or booked at the JCJC. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

MT. VERNON MAN SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR 2020 STABBING

MT. VERNON MAN SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR 2020 STABBING

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced last week in Jefferson County Court to 15 years in prison for the 2020 stabbing of a 34-year-old Mt. Vernon man. Joshua Williams faced charges of Class X felony armed violence, two counts of Class 3 felony aggravated battery, and Class 2 felony being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Williams pleaded guilty last Wednesday to one Class 3 battery charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with credit for 545 days served. He also pleaded guilty to the Class 2 felony of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to a consecutive five-year sentence. The other two charges were dismissed per the plea agreement as was a charge of communicating with a witness. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Good Samaritan Hospital notified them early on January 21, 2020, of a man being brought to the ER with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred in the 13,500 block of North Harmony Lane in Jefferson County. The male victim was transported to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment.

After further investigation, Williams was taken into custody in connection with the stabbing.

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