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50 Influencers of Rend Lake College: Board Chairman Randy Rubenacker, Leading into the future

INA, IL – The 50 Influencer series launched with the pioneers that molded the vision of a local community college into the reality that became Rend Lake College……Click to read more

Rend Lake College Alumnus of the Year: Bob Kelley

INA, IL –   It was a night of celebration and merriment at the 2017 Rend Lake College Foundation Annual Dinner with numerous surprise awards and announcements, starting with the 2017 Alumnus of the Year.

Rangers escape West Frankfort with a win by the skin of their teeth

WEST FRANKFORT – Looking at the records, you would think the Benton Rangers would be heavily favorites in tonight’s game with the West Frakfort Redbirds.

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Steve’s Ramblings: The most important piece I have written

I about went home to be with the Lord tonight or I would have been seriously injured. If I would have been killed, I know where my soul would spend eternity.

Kankakee to eliminate class ranks

KANKAKEE — Kankakee High School will not have a valedictorian or salutatorian in the spring of 2021 or every year after that. Click to read more……

Rupert Murdoch: The ‘New Fox’ is news and sports

For media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, the future of the industry is news and sports, that’s why he is selling Disney (DIS) the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) for $52.4 billion.

Grace Mary-Rose Young, Benton, IL

Grace Mary-Rose Young, 23, went to her heavenly home to be with the Lord on December 15, 2017 at 9:17am, after a valiant battle with brain cancer. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

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Webb tosses in 31 as Goreville defeats the WF Redbirds handily

WEST FRANKFORT – It was a tale of two nights for the West Frankfort Redbirds.  Last night they gave their arch rivals and SIRR Ohio foes the Benton Rangers all they wanted in a 49-45 loss. Click to read more…..

Webber Township wins Conrad Allen Holiday Tournament Title

WAYNE CITY  –  Webber Township takes the 64th Conrad Allen Holiday Tournament Championship with a 46-43 win over the Wayne City Indians. Click to read more…..

Sesser-Valier knocks off Christopher 74-61 in BDC West action

The Sesser-Valier Red Devils pulled off a huge win Friday night, defeating Route 148 rival Christopher 74-61.

Rangers – Redbrids face off tonight

The girls between the two rivals took the floor last night and it was a dandy. It was an overtime win by West Frankfort with a buzzer beater being waved off at the end of regulation.

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Armed robbery attempt at Mt. Vernon Walmart

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Police Department responded to an alleged armed robbery early this morning at Walmart. Click to read more…..

Benton businesses rally around 10-year-old diagnosed with cancer

BENTON — Benton rallies around a ten-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of brain cancer. Click to read more…..

Kankakee to eliminate class ranks

KANKAKEE — Kankakee High School will not have a valedictorian or salutatorian in the spring of 2021 or every year after that. Click to read more……

Governor Rauner in Franklin County

WEST FRANKFORT –  Governor Bruce Rauner gave the following statement after visiting the Business Incubator in the West Frankfort Industrial Park on his social media accounts. 

Pepsi MidAmerica – a company ‘Born, Built, Grown’ in Illinois – unveils Bicentennial Pepsi can

MARION  — Gov. Bruce Rauner today joined Pepsi MidAmerica COO John Rains to unveil the limited edition Illinois Bicentennial Pepsi can and pop open the first edition to come off the production line. 

80% chance of rain in the morning, mild work week ahead

A damp Sunday, followed by dry and seasonably mild conditions early next week. (NWS Paducah)