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‘Wild Bill’ documentary spotlights Franklin County icon

WEST FRANKFORT (K. Janis Esch- The Southern. Please Click to read the whole article. Here is an excerpt.) Chicago-based filmmakers Ethan Talley and Zach Xanders returned to their native Southern Illinois to discover the person behind a local legend. The poignant little film clocks in at just over 15 minutes, following William Reinschmidt, an iconic […]

Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

CAIRO, IL (Kirk Siegler – WISU Radio. Please click on the link for the full story, accompanying audio, and picture gallery. Here is an excerpt.) At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta. Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and […]

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Coach Gillespie on the sidelines.  (Ann Beckett, Marshall County Daily photo)

How do we measure success of high school coaches?

DRAFFENVILLE, KY- This is an editorial that ran in the Hopkinsville KY New Era Sun by Chris Jung. It addresses the dismissal of Marshall Co. KY high school coach Gus Gillespie. I only have met him once in a handshake, but I have heard nothing but good things said about him. The author makes some […]

A few of several campers at a Sparta scrapyard waiting for demolition.  (Randolph County Journal photo)

Several FEMA campers to be scrapped by National Guard

SPARTA, IL (Travis Lott, Randolph County Journal. Please click to read the full story. Here is an excerpt.) There was some talk around Sparta recently about a large stock of campers being stored at Alton Materials scrap yard in Sparta. The campers were stored at the scrap yard by the Army National Guard, seemingly headed […]

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Shots fired near U.S. Capitol after vehicle strikes police cruiser

WASHINGTON, DC (Washington Times Staff Report- Please click to read the whole story- Here is an excerpt. This link will provide updates on the situation.) Police are responding to an incident near the U.S. Capitol grounds, and after shots were reportedly fired by officers. A car was stopped at a checkpoint Wednesday morning, according to […]

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W. Frank Thurmond – Benton

W. Frank Thurmond, 100, of Benton IL, passed away at 10:20 p.m., on Monday,  March 27, 2017, at the Benton Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born on January 19, 1917, to Claud and Clara (Overturf) Thurmond in Macedonia, IL.  Frank retired as a coal miner for the Orient #1 mine. He married Norma […]

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Rangers shut out Hamco

McLEANSBORO, IL-  The Benton Rangers shut out the Hamilton County Foxes yesterday 7-0 in high school baseball action. Ian McMachon and Tyson Houghland homered for the Rangers. Benton will be in action this afternoon against Mundelein at Evalodi Field.  Game time is 4:30

Schimpf has 10 K’s in as the Tornadoes beat Seneca

ZEIGLER, IL-  Gabe Schimpf, coming of a three homer day against W-S-V Saturday, strikes out 10, and goes 2-3 at the plate as Z-R-C defeats Seneca 4-2 in high school baseball action yesterday.  Dalton Humphrey picks up the save for the Tornadoes. Along with Schimpf’s two hits, Shane McKowen, Kaleb Pedigo, and Steven Anderson have […]

W-S-V falls at Herrin

HERRIN, IL  The Waltonville-Sesser-Valier Spartans fall yesterday 4-2 against the Herrin Tigers. Leading the Spartan offense was Hannah Garascia, who went 2-2 with a triple. Jaylyn Haley went 2-3 and drove in a run. Gretchen Whitter took the loss for W-S-V

Maddie Britton drives in the walkoff run for WF yesterday

WEST FRANKFORT, IL-  Maddie Britton drives in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Redbirds defeat the Salem Wildcats 13-12 yesterday.  She went 4-5 on the afternoon. West Frankfort pounds out 22 hits.  Sydney Chamness has a perfect day at the plate going 5-5 with three doubles.  Along with Britton Allie […]

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Pershing woman dies in house fire last night

The Following is a press release from the West Frankfort Fire Department: At approximately 8:48 PM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, the West Frankfort Fire Department was notified of a fire in an occupied residence located at 10400 Gass Street in the Pershing area. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the residence heavily involved […]

Shots fired near U.S. Capitol after vehicle strikes police cruiser

WASHINGTON, DC (Washington Times Staff Report- Please click to read the whole story- Here is an excerpt. This link will provide updates on the situation.) Police are responding to an incident near the U.S. Capitol grounds, and after shots were reportedly fired by officers. A car was stopped at a checkpoint Wednesday morning, according to […]

Two rounds of severe weather in the next 36 hours

There will be two rounds of severe weather that will be hitting Franklin County and the rest of Southern Illinois.  One will be late tonight.  The other one will be this afternoon and evening. The first round will be late tonight into the early morning hours.  At this time the tornado threat will be minimal. […]

$1.5 Million Project Requires Right-of-Ways

  WEST FRANKFORT- (West Frankfort Gazette- Please click on link for the full story. Here is an excerpt.) A $1.5 million project is headed to the east side of West Frankfort, and will require approximately 50 right-of-ways from local residents. At last week’s committee meeting, Franklin County Highway Engineer Mike Rolla laid out a plan […]

Several FEMA campers to be scrapped by National Guard

SPARTA, IL (Travis Lott, Randolph County Journal. Please click to read the full story. Here is an excerpt.) There was some talk around Sparta recently about a large stock of campers being stored at Alton Materials scrap yard in Sparta. The campers were stored at the scrap yard by the Army National Guard, seemingly headed […]

Frankfort School Board holds off on controversial superintendent hire

WEST FRANKFORT, IL (Tia Rienheart – WSIL TV- Please click to read the entire story and watch the accompanying video. Here is an excerpt) In West Frankfort Monday night a crowd at the school board meeting made it known that they do not support the board’s selected candidate for superintendent. The big concern in town […]