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Cory Thomas, RIGHT, sprints down the court to score during the first half of the RLC game against ICC. Thomas scored 19 points against the Cougars. Also pictured is Anton Ivy, LEFT. Click on the image for a larger view.
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Buckner man fatally injured in tree trimming accident at Benton church

A 48-year-old Buckner man was fatally injured Wednesday, January 13 while trimming trees at a Benton church.

‘Christmas ended that night’ — The 64th anniversary of the Orient 2 mining disaster

Christmas traditionally is a time for wide-eyed children, exchanging gifts and festive family get-togethers. For many, though, it also is a time that serves as a grim reminder of the worst tragedy in the history of Franklin County.

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Saluki Basketball teams up with Carbondale Police in Coats For Kids program

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Saluki men’s and women’s basketball teams and the Carbondale Police Department are teaming up to fight the cold with the Coats for Kids program during three upcoming home games.

How Madigan builds his patronage army

When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.

DCFS under fire about the number of child deaths in state

CHICAGO — Lawmakers questioned Illinois child welfare officials Tuesday about an increase in the number of children reported to have died of neglect or abuse in the state, though agency officials argued the number partly reflected a change in the way neglect cases are counted.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Wilson – Buckner, IL

Elizabeth (Liz) Toth Wilson, Buckner IL died Friday, Feb.5, 2016 in DuQuoin IL.

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Senior Taylor Pippen named MVC Defensive Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Leading into her final home weekend as a Saluki, senior Taylor Pippen was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for strong performances against Wichita State and Evansville, the Valley announced Monday.

RLC Men’s Basketball tops John Wood 83-68

INA, Ill. (Nov. 9, 2015) – The Rend Lake College Men’s Basketball team defeated John Wood Community College 83-68 Saturday at home. The Warriors are now 2-0 for the season.

Saluki Men’s Basketball cruises past Maryville, 106-73, in exhibition tuneup

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Fourteen different players recorded points for Southern Illinois as the Salukis breezed to a 106-73 exhibition win over Maryville on Monday night.

Inside Saluki Women’s Basketball Radio Show Debuts Nov. 10

The “Inside Saluki Women’s Basketball” weekly radio show, hosted by Bryce Williams and featuring Southern Illinois University women’s head basketball coach Cindy Stein, will debut on Nov. 10 with a luncheon in the Cook Club inside SIU Arena.

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Fowler will challenge Forby in 59th District Senate race

Harrisburg Mayor Dale Fowler will announce on Thursday, Nov. 12 that he is running for the 59th District State Senate seat held by incumbent state Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton).

RLC marks fourth consecutive year on list of Military Friendly Schools


INA, Ill.– Rend Lake College has made the list of the top Military Friendly Schools in the country for the fourth year in a row. The list, published by veteran-owned business Victory Media, is the result of a survey of approximately 8,000 schools based on their support of military students.

Centerstone receives a $1.36 million grant

Those reintegrating back into the community from federal correctional facilities will have some added help due to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Elderly West Frankfort woman bilked out of more than $100,000

An elderly woman was exploited out of $100,000 by two of her acquaintances in West Frankfort, according to officials.

Feds: Palatine district discriminated against transgender student

Illinois’ largest high school district violated federal law by barring a transgender student from using the girls’ locker room, authorities concluded Monday.

Gas prices dropping below $2 a gallon in time for holidays

Southern Illinois motorists can expect to start seeing gas prices near or below $2 soon, according to the petroleum experts at