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This is the best simulation you’ll find of the upcoming total solar eclipse

http://mashable.com/2017/08/16/solar-eclipse-mixed-reality-simulation-weather-channel/#aqwpvhyWAiqg NOTE:  This three minute video has been shared on Social Media by several people the last several days.  It is a simulation of what to expect on Monday.  It is excellent and explains a lot of things.  I hope you enjoy it.  – Steve

Heartland Eclipse 2017: expect temperature changes

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/36166801/heartland-eclipse-2017-expect-temperature-changes# CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (From the KFVS =TV Meterologists.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) How much will temperatures fall during the eclipse? When we give ‘temperatures’ during the weather forecast, we are talking about the temperature of the air. During the daytime hours, the air is […]

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Twenty years after Illinois’ 0.08 DUI law enacted, alcohol-impaired crash fatalities down significantly

IDOT, ISP remind motorists to ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police joined members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists at the Illinois State Fair today to remind motorists of the importance […]

Congressman Mike Bost Statement on Violence in Virginia

from George O’Connor, Communications Director, Congressman Mike Bost O’FALLON, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement in the aftermath of the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia: “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK do not represent American values. The president needed to call out these hate groups, and I am glad he […]

Kenneth Taylor – Sesser

Mr. Kenneth Taylor, age 79, of Sesser IL, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Stonebridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Benton. Mr. Taylor’s wishes were to be cremated with no public services. Funeral arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Mr. Taylor was born on October 2, 1938 […]

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Relief pitcher Josh Lucas purchased from Memphis (AAA)

RHP Mike Mayers optioned to Memphis (AAA) Press Release From The St. Louis Cardinals The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas from triple-A Memphis and optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers (pronounced MY-ers) to Memphis following Friday night’s game. Lucas, 26, the Cardinals 21st round draft […]

Z-R Junior High baseball picks up Coal Belt Conference win at Unity Point

  CARBONDALE, IL –  Cole Freeman picks up the win on the mound as well as two base hits as Zeigler-Royalton defeats Unity Point 15-3 in Coal Belt Conference play yesterday afternoon Cole McKinney had three hits, and Chig Freeman and Kylar Phillips picked up two base hits. The Tornadoes improved to 3-1 on the […]

Z-R Junior High softball short games Unity Point

  ZEIGLER, IL-  Hayley Pasquino pitches a shutout, and Olyvia Crain, and Olivia Kirkpatrick goes 3-4 at the plate, as the Tornadoes defeat Unity Point 17-0 in four innings in junior high softball action yesterday in Coal Belt Conference action. Laniey Morris, Bella Bate, Hadleigh Swetz, Allyson Giles, and Skylar Husdon, all had base hits […]

Late Push Comes Up Short, Miners Lose To Freedom

From the Southern Illinois Miners The Southern Illinois Miners made a late push against the Florence Freedom on Friday night at Rent One Park, scoring three runs in their last two turns at bat to turn a 4-0 deficit into a one-run game, and got the tying and winning runs on base, but succumbed to […]

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Twenty years after Illinois’ 0.08 DUI law enacted, alcohol-impaired crash fatalities down significantly

IDOT, ISP remind motorists to ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police joined members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists at the Illinois State Fair today to remind motorists of the importance […]

Special equipment will capture close up images of eclipse

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36170762/special-equipment-will-capture-close-up-images-of-eclipse CARBONDALE, IL – (Evie Allen, WSIL -TV.  Please click on the image for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) A group astrophotographers have set up outside of SIU’s football arena to take pictures of the eclipse using special equipment. Astrophotographer Stephen Pizzo keeps a close eye on the sun’s movement, getting ready for […]

Inflatables, Big Truck Day highlight RLCF Children’s Center area at Warrior Fest

ReAnne Palmer – Rend Lake College Public Information INA, IL –Spend the afternoon playing, learning, and exploring Rend Lake College’s campus with the whole family in the children’s area of Warrior Fest and Preview Day. The activities, hosted by the RLC Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC), will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, […]

SUV Fire on Northbound I-57 between West Frankfort and Johnston City

by Steve Dunford JOHNSTON CITY, IL-  Approximately one half hour ago, Williamson County Fire Protection district was called to an SUV fire, north of the Johnston City Exit in the Northbound lane. Traffic is currently moving slow on Northbound I-57,  Please use an alternate route. Please follow franklincounty-news.com for traffic and other information during this […]

Heat indicies approaching triple digits this weekend…mostly sunny for eclipse

Special Weather Statement for Southern Illinois …Heat Index values in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees expected each afternoon from Sunday through Tuesday… A weak high pressure ridge will build in across the area later today and persist across most of the Quad State region through early Tuesday. Only small chances for rain are […]

Home total loss in Zeigler fire

  by Steve Dunford ZEIGLER, IL  Several fire departments responded to a house fire this afternoon on 220 Orchard Street in Zeigler around 5:15 p.m. this afternoon. Departments from Royalton, Christopher, Coello, West Frankfort, Buckner, West City, Hurst, and Abbott EMS provided mutual aid, as it was a MABAS box alarm. Cause is undetermined at […]