Story originally broke by WSIL-TV Saturday night. Details have yet to be released regarding a Saturday incident in Sesser. Witnesses reported both a local and state police presence at the scene on Locust Street. Sesser Mayor Jason Ashmore confirmed that a man died, but reported there was no murder. “A young man was found deceased and we are handling it as we would handle any death in this situation,” Ashmore said in a statement to The Southern Illinoisan. Please click on the link for the full story by Isaac Smith.
SPARTA- NOTE: There is a benefit to the local economy in Frankiin County even though Sparta is 45 miles away. There will be people staying at Rend Lake an local hotels. They will be spending money at local business. In shooting circles, Sparta’s World Shooting and Recreational Complex is recognized as one of the finest facilities in the country. It’s Monica Brackman’s job to build on that. Barackman, a Belleville native, is the WSRC’s executive director. “For me coming out here, everybody looks at it, ‘OK, the Grand
American, the home grounds for the ATA’s Grand American.’ But, what about the 1,001 campsites we have? What about the local schools that want to have a 5K? What about the lakes we have? I want to make sure the community is aware this is much more than a shooting park. It’s 1,600 acres, all open. There are so many activities that could be done out here.” Brackman is currently putting together programs for the 2017 total eclipse of the sun that will be visible in Southern Illinois. She would like to see concerts, weddings and family reunions as part of the WSRC’s regular calendar. Please click on the link to read more of the stories from Les Winkler of The Southern.
There is a power outage on the very north part of town and in the country. Ameren has been notified. More info to come. If you need a place to be City Hall is open and a warming center. If you need assistance at home contact 7242424 hit 0. Emergency call 911. Statement according to mayor Jason Ashmore as well as the Sesser Police Department.
WEST FRANKFORT — Mike Irwin cut his retirement short in November when he accepted the position as West Frankfort’s new chief of police, replacing department veteran Shawn Talluto in the post. “I think that there is a sincere desire, internally and externally, for things to get better,” Irwin said. He was officially hired during a Nov. 30 special meeting of the West Frankfort City Council. Irwin, who has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years, started his career at age 27 with the Illinois State Police District 19. During his career, he achieved the rank of commander and worked with SWAT teams and in narcotics…..Please click to read the entire story from Isaac Smith of the Southern Illinoisan.
The proposed Continuing Resolution (CR) provides for healthcare coverage for the next four (4) months. However, there is no guarantee the proposed CR will be approved by Congress, and the proposed CR will not be voted on and decided until the end of this week. Therefore, the only way for Medicare recipients to have guaranteed healthcare coverage on January 1, 2017, is to purchase a supplemental plan today (December 7, 2016). In addition, non-Medicare beneficiaries have until December 15, 2016, to purchase a healthcare plan. To be clear, the proposed CR provides for healthcare coverage for the next four (4) months. Statement from the UMWA website. Please click on this link to read more on the UMWA’s website.
Williamson County state’s attorney assistant Jimmy Dean retires after 32 years of service to the county
NOTE: There are very few people in Franklin County that does not know Jimmy Dean. He is the current voice of the Morthland Patriots on WGGH. MARION — One lesson that Jimmy Dean has learned throughout his three-plus decades of working in Williamson County government is that good people sometimes make bad mistakes, and bad people keep making those mistakes. “I’ve enjoyed the 32 years that I have spent here,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know some really good people and hopefully we’ve been able to help some of them that have just maybe stubbed their toe along the line.” Click on the full link to read the story from Nefeteria Brewster from the Southern Illinoisan.
MARION — Fresh U.S. beef cooked to order and surrounded a lightly buttered and toasted bun. Yep, those are the main ingredients of a Culver’s ButterBurger, which can now be found in Southern Illinois. “We are excited to be in Marion and to be here and to have the opportunity to work with the people of this community,” Jones said before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Click on the link to the story entitled “ButterBurgers are here: Culver’s opens in Marion” from the Southern Illinoisan
SESSER — An investigation underway in Sesser Saturday night, at one point, involved more than one unit of the Illinois State Police Homicide Squad. Witnesses tell us it happened on Locust Street, though city officials could not confirm that. Sesser Mayor Jason Ashmore could only say police officers needed assistance “checking something out” and that Sesser had “NO MURDER” take place. Stay with News Three on air, and on-line, as this story continues to develop, we’ll update you with any details we uncover. Franklincounty-news.com will monitior local media sources to keep everyone updated. Link taken from WSIL website.
INA, Ill. (Dec. 1, 2016) – Rend Lake College students and other students home for the summer break can knock out a required speech class next summer in only three weeks. RLC is again offering the intersession class between the Spring and Summer 2017 semesters.
The class – Principles of Effective Speaking (COMM 1101) – will meet from 8 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning May 15, excluding Memorial Day, in the Academic Building, Room 209, on the Ina campus. The last day of class will be June 1, just in time to start regular summer classes the following week.
RLC Professor Elizabeth Bailey-Smith said this is the second time she’s taught the class during the summer, and students last year found the layout helped to keep them on their toes.
“One student stated, ‘I am usually somewhat of a procrastinator, but I didn’t have time to procrastinate with this class.’ It offers the opportunity for students to complete a three-credit hour class in less than three weeks. It’s intense, but only 11 times,” said Bailey-Smith.
In addition to the shorter-than-normal schedule, students enrolled in the intersession class have added benefits. Bailey-Smith explained, “Students can focus on one course and receive more one-on-one attention because of the small class size and longer sessions.”
Principles of Effective Speaking is a requirement for many programs and degrees at RLC and other institutions to which the class can transfer. To register for the course, contact RLC’s Academic Advisement Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.