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The "Incredibles" were recognized for "Best Team Costume" at Integrated Health's Run/Walk on October 11 benefiting the Fowler Bonan Foundation.  Along with foundation co-founder Dale Fowler, pictured are "Elastigirl", "Violet", "Dash", and "Mr. Incredible", better known as Amanda and Jarred Carter, daughter Madelyn, and son Aidan, from West Frankfort.

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Pictured is, FROM LEFT, Teagan McGinnis (Ina), Justin Copeland (Coello), Tucker Downes (Woodlawn), Laney Schulte (Bonnie), Tucker Handlin (Benton), Bella Moss (Logan), Porter Sweet (Benton), Lexi Chaudoin (Opdyke), Hendrix Draege (Hoyleton), Andrew Stinson (Ina), Carmyn Zimmerman (Ina), Cole Furlow (Sesser), Brennan Jensik (Christopher), Brian Welch (Bonnie), Briar Allen (Bonnie), Evan Taylor (Mt. Vernon), and Avery Owens (Mt. Vernon).
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State Rep. Mike Bost's 'rant' at the Illinois General Assembly has now become campaign fodder in his bid for Congress.


Benton police make weekend arrests

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Kent Redfield: Curing Political Corruption One Candidate At A Time

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DCFS under fire about the number of child deaths in state

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Obituary – Byford and Wastina Campbell – Ina

Byford and Wastina Campbell, of Ina, passed away Friday, Oct. 17 at their home.

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INA, Ill. – The Sept. 13 Basic Handgun Training course has been rescheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 20. The class will still meet from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Applied Science Center (ASC), Room 101, on the Ina campus.

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INA, Ill. – Whether you’re looking for a night out with your child or to get your young one interested in a new hobby, Rend Lake College has the classes for you. This fall, there will be four classes geared toward children, ages 13 and younger, in Pinckneyville and McLeansboro.

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RLC board adopts 2015 budget

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