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50 Influencers of Rend Lake College: Doug Leeck, Gone too Soon

Reece Rutland, Rend Lake College Public Information  INA, IL –  Doug Leeck is still a name that brings a wellspring of emotion to people around Rend Lake College to this day, 20 years after his untimely passing. His memory invokes looks of pride, wry smiles and profound sadness for a man who loved his students […]

Today, marks the 35th anniversary of the Marion Tornado

National Weather Service – Paducah Ky http://www.weather.gov/pah/1982_index Above is the link to an interactive page that tells of the events of the Marion Tornado.  Below is the introduction from the National Weather Service in Paducah. On Saturday, May 29, 1982, an F4 tornado claimed 10 lives and injured nearly 200 as it ripped a 17-mile […]

Community rallies behind 10 year old with tumor

http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/news/20170523/community-rallies-behind-10-year-old-with-tumor BENTON, IL –  (Holly Kee – Benton Evening News – Please click on the link for the full story above.  Here is an excerpt below. Two weeks ago today, life took drastic turn for the family of 10-year-old Makanda Williams of Ewing. That was the day her parents, Sarah and John Carlton, were told […]

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by Steve Dunford Today, on May 29, 2017 we are a free people in a free nation.  The freedoms that we enjoy today wasn’t free, someone paid a price for them on a battlefield across the globe. All the way back to the founding of our nation, freedom did not come without bloodshed.  The founding […]

Trust act passes the house, budget talks still in session

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/29/the-latest-illinois-house-approves-trust-act-for-i/ SPRINGFIELD, IL (Associated Press – Please click the link above to read the full story.  Here is an excerpt. The Illinois House has approved a plan that prevents what advocates say is harassment of undocumented immigrants. The so-called TRUST Act was approved 62-49 Monday. It requires a criminal warrant before federal authorities pursue undocumented immigrants. […]

Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7759662/gregg-allman-dead SAVANNAH, GA (Deborah Wilker, Billboard Magazine – Please click on the link above to read the full story.  Below, is an excerpt.) Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert […]

Mary Ellen Wright-Naylor – Benton

Mary Ellen Wright-Naylor, 94, of Benton, IL, passed away at 6:55 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon, IL. She was born on April 15, 1923, to Russell and Ruby (Wright) Kilgore. Mary Ellen retired as a LPN for Good Samaritan. She married Leon Wright and he preceded her […]

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Four Southern Illinois teams playing in Super Sectionals today

There are two baseball teams and two softball teams that made it to the Elite eight and all of them are in action today.  Two of the four teams are from Goreville. The defending Class 1A State Champions, the Goreville Blackcats are, in action today as they are taking on the Effingham St. Anthony crusaders […]

W-S-V Falls in Sectional Title game Saturday to Pinckneyville

http://thesouthern.com/sports/high-school/softball/pinckneyville-earns-first-softball-sectional-crown-since/article_e6584b93-0a8b-5fc2-bebf-fd7322288b04.html HARRISBURG, IL – (Scott Mees, The Southern Illinoisan – Please click on the link above to read the full article.  Here is an excerpt) The Pinckneyville softball team moved one step closer on Saturday to its ultimate goal of reaching the state final four in East Peoria. Mariah Clark pitched a complete game and allowed […]

Robinson Hired as New Ranger Wrestling Coach

http://www.bentongazette.com/sports/robinson-hired-as-new-ranger-wrestling-coach/article_a62ef728-4262-11e7-97aa-9f7fc2daad20.html BENTON, IL – (Ian McMahon – The Benton Gazette.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) The BCHS school board made the decision to hire Benton alumni and former wrestler Aaron Robinson as the head coach to replace the recently retired head coach Duane Bean. “I see […]

The numbers game is more important than wins

by Steve Dunford  I slept through the most of the series with the Dodgers, in which they dropped two out of three.  I looked at the box score this morning and thought to myself, Brett Cecil must be getting right. In the box score he worked an inning without giving up a run.  But he […]

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Trust act passes the house, budget talks still in session

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/29/the-latest-illinois-house-approves-trust-act-for-i/ SPRINGFIELD, IL (Associated Press – Please click the link above to read the full story.  Here is an excerpt. The Illinois House has approved a plan that prevents what advocates say is harassment of undocumented immigrants. The so-called TRUST Act was approved 62-49 Monday. It requires a criminal warrant before federal authorities pursue undocumented immigrants. […]

Rochman weighs in on the Illinois Star Centre Mall

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/rochman-weighs-in-on-the-illinois-star-centre-mall/article_d9aba9f4-edf9-54e7-9a23-b7267b20e1b6.html MARION, IL – (Barb Eidlin, The Southern Illinoisan.  Please click on the link to read the full story.  Here is an excerpt below. The perfect fiscal storm enveloping the Illinois Star Centre Mall, and its current owners, Illinois Star Centre LLC, has its roots in a decision made back in the 1990s, according to former […]

Benefit held in support of young girl with cancer

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/35536855/benefit-held-in-support-of-young-girl-with-cancer BENTON, IL (Sean Conway, WSIL-TV  Please click to read the full story and watch the video.  Here is an excerpt) Hundreds gathered at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Benton on Sunday for a benefit in support of a young girl recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. 10 year old Makanda Williams, of Macedonia, had […]

Shooting in Benton yesterday – suspect at large

Local authorities are pursuing Alan Bennett, who left the scene after, a 40 year-old Benton resident obtained a gunshot wound.  The suspect is pictured above. The shooting took place in the 1200 block of Anna street. He is described as a white male with a bald head, standing 6’1 and weighing 250 lbs. Bennett is a relative […]

Summary of May 27 Severe Weather – Hail over golfball sized and winds upwards of 70 to 80 mph

National Weather Service- Paducah KY http://www.weather.gov/pah/2017May27_SevereWeather NOTE:  Here in Franklin County we were spared for the most part, as we had a cell bearing down on us from the west that produced close to 110 mph winds in Central MO. The most intense storm in the county was on the east side of the county […]

Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7759662/gregg-allman-dead SAVANNAH, GA (Deborah Wilker, Billboard Magazine – Please click on the link above to read the full story.  Below, is an excerpt.) Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert […]