Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn criticized Republican opponent Bruce Rauner and … [Continue Reading]

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WEST FRANKFORT -- A West Frankfort man will spend 9 years in prison for … [Continue Reading]

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Benny Harmse, Continental Tire the Americas (CTA) Mt. Vernon Plant Manager, CENTER, donates $25,000 to the Rend Lake College Foundation for the "Pathway to Success" campaign. CTA is the lead donor of the campaign, which will update the Administration Building and walkway on the Ina campus as well as provide scholarships to students in need. Pictured with Harmse is Shawna Manion, RLC Foundation CEO, LEFT, and Terry Wilkerson, RLC President, RIGHT. Click on the image for a larger view.
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Sesser man killed in single-vehicle accident

A 51-year-old Sesser man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Franklin County. Authorities say that Patrick Styve, was traveling northbound on Route 148 at 3:30 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  The accident happened in front of Sesser Animal Hospital, which is less than a mile […]

Benton police report busy weekend

Benton police reported a busy weekend with multiple arrests.

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DCFS under fire about the number of child deaths in state

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Obituary – Ted Denham – Ewing

EWING — Ted Denham, 79, passed away Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. Ted was born Feb. 21, 1935, in Frisco, the son of Orville and Vada (Cunningham) Denham. He married Maxine (Fagan) on Feb. 5, 1956, in Corinth, Mississippi. Mr. Denham was owner and operator of […]

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Ernie Reynolds during his long career as a high school basketball official.

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at age 54

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Patrick Styve

Sesser man killed in single-vehicle accident

A 51-year-old Sesser man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Franklin County. Authorities say that Patrick Styve, was traveling northbound on Route 148 at 3:30 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  The accident happened in front of Sesser Animal Hospital, which is less than a mile […]

Benton police report busy weekend

Benton police reported a busy weekend with multiple arrests.

Quinn complains wealthy are trying to help Rauner buy election

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn criticized Republican opponent Bruce Rauner and Rauner’s allies today as “billionaires trying to buy their way into Illinois politics” after the GOP candidate received a $2.5 million campaign contribution from hedge-fund boss Kenneth Griffin.

Three Benton residents arrested in two separate altercations

A pair of non-related altercations led to multiple charges Monday in Benton.

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Shimkus seeks input from VA employees, vets

Maryville, Illinois — Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is reiterating his open-door policy for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and veterans in his district to contact his office to report any irregularities in VA scheduling procedures they have witnessed. “Today’s release of the VA’s Access Audit confirms that the problems with veterans getting timely […]

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Prairie Heart Institute/SIH present ‘Heart Failure University’

CARTERVILLE, IL) Patients with congestive heart failure and their families are invited to attend the next session of Heart Failure University, an education program offered in collaboration from Prairie Heart Institute/Southern Illinois Healthcare.