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J & C Produce and Pies – Hit at local Farmer’s Markets as well as their stand at home

by Steve Dunford SESSER, IL –  There have been several circles in my life, that brought me in contact with Jim and Carleen Roberts of Sesser. When I was working my way through college at McDonald’s in West City, I worked with Carleen, as well has her two kids Julie and Craig.  She was one […]

Good Samaritan, police officers honored for saving woman from sinking car

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/35971221/good-samaritan-police-officers-honored-for-saving-woman-from-sinking-car WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  (Logan Gay, WPSD – TV.  Please click on the link for the full story and video.  Here is an excerpt below.) A woman in West Frankfort, Illinois, almost lost her life in a flood in April. Her car was almost completely submerged in water when first responders and good Samaritans […]

Woman Has Wedding After Son Tragically Dies. Then He Shows Up, Leaving Everyone In Tears

Woman Has Wedding After Son Tragically Dies. Then He Shows Up, Leaving Everyone In Tears (Abby Sensening, gladwire.com.  Please click on the link above for this uplifting story.  Here is an excerpt below.) It was finally the day. The day every woman waits for. Their wedding day. Becky Turney was so excited to walk down […]

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Mike Madigan doesn’t care

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-michael-madigan-destroy-illinois-perspec-20170724-story.html (Op.-Ed. Piece from  41st District State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville, submitted to the Chicago Tribune.) A few days ago, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, wrote a Tribune commentary accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of not caring about the people of Illinois and state government’s role in serving their needs. I’m here today to disagree. To borrow […]

Finger-pointing continues as Cullerton says he’ll wait until Monday to send education funding bill to Rauner’s desk

https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/finger-pointing-continues-as-cullerton-says-he-ll-wait-until/article_52118d0e-720f-11e7-a515-3ba5261c8f48.html SPRINGFIELD, IL – (Greg Bishop and Dan McCaleb, Illinois News Network. Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) The first day of the latest legislative special session in Springfield boiled down to a “he said-he said” of accusations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in […]

Trump Says Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

WASHINGTON, DC – (Julie Hirshfield Davis, and Helene Cooper, New York Times.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused […]

Linda Stayton, Marion – formerly of Benton

Linda Jane Stayton, 69, of Marion IL, and a former Benton resident, passed away Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born in Ewing, IL, on July 31, 1947, the daughter of Russell & Betty (Neal) Page. She married Charles Gene Stayton on July 20, 1990 and he preceded […]

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Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation Information Now Available Online

Online application period for IDNR-managed sites begins Aug. 7 Wayne Fitzgerell, World Shooting Complex among Southern Illinois Sites Press Release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, IL – Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at 20 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites during the 2017-18 hunting season.  Dates and permit reservation […]

Ron Winemiller on the Benton Rangers summer

by Steve Dunford I asked  Benton Ranger Basketball Coach Ron Winemiller about what kind of Summer his team had on the hardwood, He said they played about forty games.   The Rangers faced Goreville, an opponent in the Goreville Invitational in December, they also faced Vandalia, Greenville, Paris and Teutopolis.  They faced Missouri schools of Dexter,  Benton, […]

Cardinals recall pitcher Mike Mayers from Memphis

Right-hander takes 25-man roster spot created by Wainwright disablement The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this evening’s game that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Memphis (AAA) to take the 25-man roster spot that was created yesterday when the team placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list. Mayers, 25, […]

Assistant basketball coach resigns at John A. Logan College

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/35969317/assistant-basketball-coach-resigns-at-john-a-logan-college CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS – TV.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) The assistant basketball coach at John A. Logan College resigned his position. According to the college, Zach Carpenter resigned to become assistant at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. “We were very fortunate to […]

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Finger-pointing continues as Cullerton says he’ll wait until Monday to send education funding bill to Rauner’s desk

https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/finger-pointing-continues-as-cullerton-says-he-ll-wait-until/article_52118d0e-720f-11e7-a515-3ba5261c8f48.html SPRINGFIELD, IL – (Greg Bishop and Dan McCaleb, Illinois News Network. Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) The first day of the latest legislative special session in Springfield boiled down to a “he said-he said” of accusations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in […]

Panera Bread Commercial filmed in Johnston City debuts

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/35976941/panera-bread-commercial-shot-in-johnston-city-debuts JOHNSTON CITY, IL – Above is a link to the WSIL story of  of the Panera Bread commercial filmed at the Johnston City Fireworks display.

Severin to Hold Satellite Office Hours in Sesser on August 1st

Press Release for the office of State Representative Dave Severin MARION, IL –  State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) will be holding satellite office hours at Sesser City Hall, 302 W Franklin St, in Sesser from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday August 1st. Rep. Severin’s staff will be available to meet with constituents to […]

Benton City Council hears about insurance benefit program

http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/news/20170726/benton-city-council-hears-about-insurance-benefit-program BENTON, IL –  (Rick Hayes, Benton Evening News.  Please click on the link above to hear the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) David Goncher, a sales representative for Colonial Life, presented the Benton City Council with insurance options for its employees Monday evening. “This is an opportunity making this as a substitute […]

Soggy Thursday…..Fabulous Friday

by Steve Dunford Over the next few hours, we will receive moderate to heavy rainfall, with a few rumbles of thunder, across Southern Illinois.  The large area of showers extends into Northeast Missouri. It is on my bucket list to download a radar program, with velocity on storms.  My estimate is the storms are moving at a good […]

Four Concealed Carry classes set at RLC this fall

ReAnne Palmer – Rend Lake College Public Information INA, IL- Four Illinois Concealed Carry classes are returning to the Rend Lake College campus this fall to accommodate every schedule. With each class meeting on different times and dates, and one set aside for women only, locals have numerous opportunities to apply for their state permit. […]