Fowler will challenge Forby in 59th District Senate race

Harrisburg Mayor Dale Fowler will announce on Thursday, Nov. 12 that he is running for the 59th District State Senate seat held by incumbent state Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton).

Dale Fowler

Dale Fowler

Fowler, who is also co-founder of the Fowler-Bonan Foundation, an organization that provides clothing for needy children in a 16-county area of Southern Illinois, will make the announcement at 10 a.m. at the Bonan Business Center, 540 N. Commercial Street, in Harrisburg.






RLC marks fourth consecutive year on list of Military Friendly Schools

INA, Ill.– Rend Lake College has made the list of the top Military Friendly Schools in the country for the fourth year in a row. The list, published by veteran-owned business Victory Media, is the result of a survey of approximately 8,000 schools based on their support of military students.

RLC is joined at the top by 1,700 other colleges, universities, and trade schools who received high rankings on a survey completed by student veterans and prospective military students. This year, the surveys included over 100 questions in 10 categories about each institution. Some of the categories included information about military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.

The surveys were then scored against key indicators of success. Victory Media also collected independent data from EY (Ernst & Young) to be included in the final scoring. According to Victory Media, the Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges in the country who “are doing the most to embrace military students.”

RLC President Terry Wilkerson said it’s an honor to be included on the Military Friendly School list for the fourth time, and he hopes the tradition continues for years to come.

“For all the service veterans provide this country, it’s the least we can do to help with their education and transition back into civilian life,” said Wilkerson. “It’s always a priority to help our students be successful, and the faculty and staff at Rend Lake College are dedicated to doing just that for every student we see.”

The full list, interactive tools, and a search function to help military students find the college best-suited to their unique needs and preferences can be found at

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

As a part of one initiative to help veterans and service members, RLC has begun registering veterans and service members for Spring 2016 classes. Anyone interested in taking advantage of priority registration should contact the Rend Lake College Academic Advisement Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266, or, identify themselves as a veteran or service member, and make an advisement appointment.

Students can also get one-on-one help from April McCormick, RLC Veterans Coordinator, to submit applications for military benefits and other financial aid. McCormick can be reached at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1297 or

Centerstone receives a $1.36 million grant

Those reintegrating back into the community from federal correctional facilities will have some added help due to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Elderly West Frankfort woman bilked out of more than $100,000

An elderly woman was exploited out of $100,000 by two of her acquaintances in West Frankfort, according to officials.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Feds: Palatine district discriminated against transgender student

Illinois’ largest high school district violated federal law by barring a transgender student from using the girls’ locker room, authorities concluded Monday.

Here’s a link to the story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Gas prices dropping below $2 a gallon in time for holidays

Southern Illinois motorists can expect to start seeing gas prices near or below $2 soon, according to the petroleum experts at

Here’s a link to the story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Winter could get tougher: Illinois budget impasse threatens road salt supplies

Smaller Illinois cities and counties are hoping for an exceptionally mild winter or a breakthrough in the state budget impasse.

Here’s a link to the story in Reboot Illinois.

Schluter joins race for 117th House District seat

CRAB ORCHARD – A third person is seeking the 117th House District seat: Libertarian Scott Schluter.

Here’s the link to the story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Baseball tryouts to be held for area high school players


Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College baseball coaches Jerry Halstead and Kyle Surprenant will host a fall showcase for high school players from the region on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the college’s baseball facility.

Registration will be held that day beginning at 10:30 with the workout scheduled to get under way at 11. The showcase will feature athletes competing in a 60-yard sprint; throws from the outfield and infield; catcher pop-up times; batting practice; and bullpen sessions.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Surprenant at 618-985-2828, X8058, or via email at

Coaches from other colleges and universities have been invited to attend the showcase.

Benton police blotter

On September 14, 2015 Benton Police arrested Dustin R. Stites, age 23, of Benton on an active Franklin County warrant for failure to appear.

Police also arrested Jeresa A. Wilkens, age 35, of Benton on an active Franklin County warrant for Identity Theft.

Both were transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On September 11, 2015 Benton Police conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of West Main Street.

Through investigation, police arrested Beverly Plumlee, age 34, of Benton for driving under the influence.

Plumlee was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On September 13, 2015 Benton Police were dispatched to the 100 block of N. McCann Street in reference to a noise complaint.

Through further investigation, police arrested Jakeb B. Lambert, age 20, of Benton for unlawful consumption of alcoholic liquor.

Lambert was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.