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Will Zettler is general sales manager at Weeks in Benton.

Zettler stresses Weeks’ customer service philosophy: ‘Whatever needs to be done’

Will Zettler is the general sales manager at Weeks in Benton – one of three Weeks dealerships in Franklin County.

New marijuana conditions aren’t official yet in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Eager Illinois marijuana patients are jumping the gun by submitting applications for diseases that haven’t yet been officially approved.

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Our Universities: Elitist and Homogeneous?

A common fear regarding Illinois Senator Brady’s idea (SB1565) for transitioning from public to private higher education in Illinois is that it will drive universities to elitism and homogeneity. Wrong on both counts. Brady’s concept will drive universities toward academically effective programs offered to the people they serve.

How Madigan builds his patronage army

When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.

DCFS under fire about the number of child deaths in state

CHICAGO — Lawmakers questioned Illinois child welfare officials Tuesday about an increase in the number of children reported to have died of neglect or abuse in the state, though agency officials argued the number partly reflected a change in the way neglect cases are counted.

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Obituary – Dwight Vernell Bailor – Valier, IL

Dwight Vernell Bailor, 88, of Valier, IL, passed away May 20, 2015 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, in Herrin, IL.

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Logan wins GRAC All-Sports Title

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Athletic Department recently received news that it had won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the sixth time in the last 15 years under the supervision of its director, Jerry Halstead.

Logan Nine win GRAC title

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College baseball team is the undisputed Great Rivers Athletic Conference champion after the Vols notched a 7-1 win over Southeastern Illinois Friday and Lake Land rallied past Southwestern Illinois, 14-13.

Kaskaskia ends Logan softball season

CENTRALIA – The John A. Logan College softball season came to an abrupt end Friday as Kaskaskia swept the Volunteers, 6-1 and 1-0, in quarterfinal round play of the Region 24 tournament.

JALC sophomore centerfielder Maddie Craig prepares to attack a fastball in game action. (Logan Media Services photo by John D. Homan)

Murphysboro’s Craig has made impact with Logan

CARTERVILLE – It’s hard to imagine a student-athlete more cheerful and pleasant to be around than John A. Logan College’s Madison “Maddie” Craig

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School faculty, admin invited to “Technology in the Classroom” workshop

INA, Ill. – Grab your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and come to Rend Lake College for a free “Technology in the Classroom” workshop designed to help school administration and faculty interact with their students through flipped instruction.

Logan spiker picks Kentucky State

CARTERVILLE – A second John A. Logan College volleyball player in as many days has announced that she will continue her collegiate career this fall. Sophomore rightside hitter Lauren Person will transfer to Kentucky State University this fall.

GRAC All-Sports trophy goes to Logan

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Athletic Department recently received news that it had won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the sixth time in the last 15 years under the supervision of its director, Jerry Halstead.

Franklin Hospital moves forward with building project, approves loan to repay Medicare

Franklin Hospital board members approved the borrowing of funds to reimburse Medicare for overpayments the hospital has been receiving. Here’s a link in the Benton Evening News.

Benton-West City Area Chamber of Commerce accepting entries for Rend Lake Water Festival Parade

“Hometown Heroes” is the theme of this year’s Rend Lake Water Festival parade, and the Benton-West City Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for participants. The deadline for entry is May 7. Here’s the link in the Benton Evening News.

Franklin County Farm Bureau News – TREES TO GIVE AWAY!!

Congressman Mike Bost set up a meeting this past Tuesday with farmers and Ag Business people to be on his Ga Advisory Council. Marc Lamczyk from the U of I Extension and myself drove to Waterloo to participate in this meeting. Along with the many farmers through the Southern Region of Illinois also in attendance was Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert.