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Franklin County Sheriff deputies make arrests

The following list of arrests were made by Franklin County Sheriff Dept. deputies.

State Sen. Sam McCann announces third-party run for governor

Illinois state Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, announced Thursday that he plans run as a third-party candidate for governor – a move that likely would siphon votes from incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Township consolidation bill gets bipartisan support

One Illinois county is a step closer to giving voters the power to abolish townships.

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Student housing to be consolidated on West Side of SIU Campus

CARBONDALE – SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall in order to increase student engagement, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemago.

Toys R Us tells workers it will liquidate and sell or close all stores

Toys R Us told employees Wednesday that it is planning to sell or close all of its U.S. stores, and that it will file liquidation papers this evening in advance of a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Diane Burroughs – Mulkeytown, IL

Diane Burroughs, 52, of Mulkeytown passed away on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

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SIU baseball at No. 21 Tennessee Tech for weekend series

The Southern Illinois baseball team travels to No. 21 Tennessee Tech for a three-game series this weekend

Doug Miller hired as Hamilton County boy’s basketball coach

The Hamilton County school board hired Doug Miller as its next boys basketball coach Tuesday night. He replaces Jeremy Varner, who helmed the squad for three years.

Salukis win shootout vs. Murray State, 11-9

The Southern Illinois baseball team won a shootout against Murray State, 11-9, on Wednesday night at Itchy Jones Stadium.

Dardeen signs to play at RLC

Alyssa Dardeen (Center) out of Evansville Indiana’s Central High School has signed on to play golf for the Lady Warriors during the 2018-19 season

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Some Illinois lawmakers want more therapists, less armed officers

Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that’s far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Christopher Area Youth Fishing Derby set for May 12

It’s that time again, kids. Fishing season will be underway shortly, and one of the most impressive events in the area for young fishing kids is coming again to Izaak Walton Lake, just northwest of Coello.

Authorities make multiple arrests in Franklin County

The following list of arrests were made by Franklin County Sheriff Dept. deputies.

RLC’s Natalie Stark Recs the Scale

Natalie Stark, Rend Lake College Records Specialist, won the college’s Rec the Scale Challenge earlier this month. The contest is designed to encourage locals and the RLC community to get into shape. Over the 12 weeks, Stark lost nearly 15 percent of her body weight.

Illinois National Guard, Polish Military mark 25-Year Partnership

Governor Bruce Rauner marked the 25-year partnership between the Illinois National Guard and Polish Armed Forces today.

Local schools begin receiving payments under new state formula

Last week, school districts across Illinois received the first payments from a new evidence-based school funding formula.