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It’s FAFSA time! Tips and warnings when applying for college aid

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article179330336.html BELLEVILLE, IL (Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News Democrat.  Please click on the link above for the full story Here is an excerpt below) ’s time for the FAFSA, that rite of college that has become a familiar trial for students and parents wrangling with the cost of higher eduction – and now it starts earlier. So […]

BCHS Senior Spotlight: Neal Carlton

Today’s Rangers Football Senior Spotlight is on wide receiver and safety, # 7 Neal Carlton. Neal is the son of Alan and Rhonda Carlton. Neal has played football for 4 years. In addition to football, Neal can be found hunting and fishing year round. Neal plans to attend college after high school graduation. He says he […]

BCHS SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Warren Smothers

Today’s Benton Football Senior Spotlight is linebacker and offensive guard, # 68 Warren Smothers. Warren is the son of Allen & Lisa Smothers. Warren has been playing for six season (4 years of high school ball and 2 years of junior football). He spends most of his time playing football, hanging out with friends and […]

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Steve’s Ramblings: We still need to be aware….. In my opinion, Alonzo Young is long gone

by Steve Dunford From the dealings of this case this brought back a lot of memories. I have always had an interest in law enforcement.  I used to not believe when people would tell me you would shrink when you get older.  The last time I was at the doctor I was 5′ 10″, the […]

Pritzker makes list of richest Americans; Gov. Rauner doesn’t

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171017/pritzker-makes-list-of-richest-americans-gov-rauner-doesnt SPRINGFIELD, IL – (Doug Finke, Springfield Journal Register. Please click on the link for the full story. Here is an exceprt below.) Only one of the candidates running for Illinois governor is on the annual Forbes ranking of the 400 richest Americans. Hint: It isn’t Bruce Rauner. That distinction belongs to Democrat J.B. Pritzker, whose […]

Justice Department gives Chicago final sanctuary warning

https://www.ilnews.org/news/justice/justice-department-gives-chicago-final-sanctuary-warning/article_7c9748d8-b02c-11e7-8ddd-4fc0c952f407.html CHICAGO, IL – (Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below) President Trump’s Administration is giving Chicago one final warning before it may yank millions of dollars in federal policing grants. Chicago has until October 27 to prove to the Justice Department […]

Carol Jane Tomaszewicz – Valier

Carol Jane Tomaszewicz, age 66, of Valier, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her home. Her wishes are to be cremated. A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be at a future date. Cremation services have been entrusted to the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Carol was born on April 23, […]

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Redbird QB Connor Eaton ….Devils RB Eli Gunter for WSIL/Banterra Player of the Week

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/33771417/banterra-player-of-the-week#WNPoll156998 Click on the link to vote above.  Previous winners from Franklin County are RB Madison Allen of West Frankfort, FB Peyton Rock of SVWW, and QB Hamilton Page of Benton.

SIU Men’s Basketball issues statement regarding the National Anthem

CARBONDALE, IL – On behalf of the Saluki Men’s Basketball Family: In light of recent events involving race relations in the United States, our team has placed an emphasis on understanding the sacrifice that men and women make every day serving our country. After in-depth discussions with members of local law enforcement and Saluki alum and […]

Rend Lake Fishing Report 10/16/17

REND LAKE FISHING REPORT ,October 16, 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Phone (618) 724-2493 Fax (618) 724-4089 e-mail : rendinfo@usace.army.mil Web site http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/rend “Like” us on Facebook at Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center LARGEMOUTH BASS – Good Minnows spinner baits, worms, and black and blue jigs. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, […]

Chester Blanks CZR 60-0

http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/sports/20171013/chester-blanks-czr-bearcats-60-0 CHRISTOPHER, IL  (Randall Risley, Benton News. Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below. ) NOTE:  The JV team improved to 5-3 last night against Chester 30-28. A game that already figured to be a challenge for winless Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton was made all the more difficult with injuries to several […]

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West Frankfort man arrested on residential burglary ….other charges

BENTON, IL – On October 17th, at 4:30 a.m. Franklin County Deputies responded to a reported break-in at a rural Benton  residence. The reporting party stated that he was awakened by a noise inside his residence that he quickly determined to be an intruder. The caller stated the intruder left the interior of the residence […]

Pritzker makes list of richest Americans; Gov. Rauner doesn’t

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171017/pritzker-makes-list-of-richest-americans-gov-rauner-doesnt SPRINGFIELD, IL – (Doug Finke, Springfield Journal Register. Please click on the link for the full story. Here is an exceprt below.) Only one of the candidates running for Illinois governor is on the annual Forbes ranking of the 400 richest Americans. Hint: It isn’t Bruce Rauner. That distinction belongs to Democrat J.B. Pritzker, whose […]

Sunny and seasonal for the next several days….

…..The next chance for precipitation is Saturday Night into Sunday Seven Day Forecast Today Sunny, with a high near 69. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Tonight Clear, with a low around 44. Light south southeast wind. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 72. Light south southeast wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph […]

Insurance expert says media misreported where healthcare subsidies were getting cut from

https://www.ilnews.org/news/health/insurance-expert-says-media-misreported-where-healthcare-subsidies-were-getting/article_593d5e3a-b05f-11e7-bd33-872f0af3c75b.html NORTHBROOK, IL – (Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below) A health insurance expert says the media got it wrong last week when they reported the Trump Administration is cutting health care subsidies to individuals. Mark Gurda, president of Castle Group Health […]

Dozens of veterans, guardians headed for Washington, DC

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36614687/dozens-of-veterans-guardians-headed-for-washington-dc MARION, IL – (Kevin Hunsperger, WSIL-TV.  Please click on the link above for stories throughout the day regarding the flight.)  

Bryant E News October 14 2017

Dear Friend, This week was another busy one in the 115th district. Throughout  my travels, I have been glad to hear from so many of you as you express your concerns and opinions on the workings of State government. The number one issue I am currently hearing about is the recent signing of HB 40, […]