Today’s Senior Football Spotlight is wide receiver, corner and kick returner # 12 Ty Gordon. Ty is the son of Jesse & Bobbi Gordon.

Ty has been playing football for seven years (4 years at Benton High School and 3 years in the BJFL). His interests include playing football, working on his truck and riding 4-wheelers with his friends.

His plans for the future are to go to college after graduation and become a diesel mechanic.

Ty would like to thank his parents and his coaches for always supporting him and pushing him to do his best.

BCHS Senior Spotlight: Caleb Pemberton

Today’s Senior Football Spotlight is wide receiver and defensive back, # 17 Caleb Pemberton. Caleb is the son of Mark & Kendee Pemberton.

Caleb has been playing football for five years. He loves playing football as well as riding dirt bikes and 4-wheelers with his friends. He can also be found working on trucks.

Next year he plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

He says he is thankful for his parents and all of his coaches for their investment in his life.

BCHS Senior Spotlight: Bailey Hopson

Today’s Benton Football Senior Spotlight is on senior wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner, #99 Bailey Hopson.

Bailey is the son of Nancy Lingle and Billy Hopson and has been playing football for ten years. He loves football, hanging out with the boys and playing video games.

Bailey plans to attend college next year somewhere to get his education.

He would like to thank his mom and dad for pushing him to do better at everything he does. Bailey also wants to thank the Corn family, the Cosby family and the Sharp-Galiotto family for supporting him throughout his life. Bailey says, “I couldn’t have done it without these people.”


BCHS Senior Spotlight: Ian McMahon

Today’s senior football spotlight is on #1 Ian McMahon. Ian is a senior kicker & punter for the Rangers and has played three years of high school football and a year of JFL football. He is the son of Phil McMahon & Andrea McMahon.

When not playing football, Ian plays baseball, watches a lot of baseball and hangs out with his friends. After graduation, Ian will play baseball at Maryville University while studying communications and sports management.

Ian would like to thank his family, friends & coaches who have all supported him throughout his high school years.

Residents report recycle abuse at the city’s drop off site


WSIL-TV photo

BENTON, IL (Evie Allen, WSIL-TV.  Please click on the link for the full story and video. Here is an excerpt below)

Some people in Benton reportedly cause a nuisance at the city’s recycling drop-off. Instead of dropping off their recyclables, someone has been dumping trash, glass and other unwanted items there.

Pictures were taken by neighbors who live next door this a “dump site.” The only problem is the site is not a place for dumping t”This is just another example or an instance where the minority ruins it for the majority,” adds Benton Commissioner Ronnie Baumgarte.

Commissioner Baumgarte says seeing the photo’s at Monday night’s council mee

ting angered him. Even with a clear sign right there, neighbors say unwanted items are still be dropped off, including glass.
The recycling place is located on the north east side side of town on Grand Street, but was once at the fire department until they ran into the same problem.rash.


Mary Moreland Named 2017 W.O.N. Founders Award Recipient for McDonald’s Corporation

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – John Moreland, Owner/Operator, Moreland Organization, Mary Moreland, Owner/Operator, Moreland Organization, Chris Kempczinski, President of McDonald’s USA,  Stephanie Bishop, Owner/Operator, Bishop Organization Nicole Moreland, Office Manager, Bishop Organization

MARION, IL – McDonald’s of the Indianapolis Region today announced that West Frankfort, Illinois resident and McDonald’s owner/operator, Mary Moreland is the recipient of the 2017 W.O.N. (Women Operator Network) Founders Award.

“We are so proud to announce that Mary has won the prestigious Founders Award,” said Linda Burrell, president of W.O.N.’s Indianapolis Region Chapter and Middle-Tennessee owner/operator. “Mary has been an active member of our chapter for decades and has mentored not only her daughter (Stephanie Bishop, also a McDonald’s owner/operator), but many prospective McDonald’s women owner/operators and other young-women in her local community.”

The national and bi-annual honor recognizes a woman owner/operator who works beyond her own life and community and makes a difference in the lives of other women. She is someone who has a vision beyond her own company and inspires and motivates others to see beyond themselves and acts to light a path for those who travel in her footsteps.

Mary Moreland and husband, John Moreland, own and operate ten McDonald’s restaurants in the Tri-State and Evansville, Indiana area. She’s been an approved operator for 35 years, and a partner in the family-owned business for more than 52 years. Mary was selected as this year’s Founders Award recipient from nearly 808 McDonald’s women owner/operators nationally.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to recognize Mary with this milestone achievement,” said McDonald’s vice president and general manager, Cedric Jones. “As a McDonald’s owner/operator for more than 35 years, Mary has been and continues to be a true ambassador of the Brand in her community, working every day to inspire and motivate others to fulfill their dreams.”

Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA recognized Mary this week at the 2017 W.O.N. National Business Conference in Chandler, Arizona.

Benton police make the following arrests over the weekend

BENTON, IL – On October 7th, 2017 Benton Police arrested Cynthia R. Keller, age 54, of Benton on an active Franklin County warrant for failure to appear. Keller was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On October 8th, 2017 Benton Police arrested Bradley D. Schram, age 31, of West City on an active Franklin County warrant for failure to appear. Schram was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On October 9th, 2017 Benton Police responded to a report of criminal trespass. Upon investigating, officers arrested Randall D. Orlandini, age 18, for the offense of criminal trespass to real property. Orlandini was transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.


City of Benton under a burn ban

BENTON, IL – The City of Benton Burn Ordinance states that an automatic burn ban goes into effect when winds are over 10 mph or when put into effect by the Fire Chief during conditions unfavorable to burning.

Therefore, with conditions as such, we have placed the city under a burn ban effective 2 pm. Please be good neighbors and refrain from all burning until further notice.

from Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum


NOTE:  Over the next two weeks, Benton Coach Bob Pankey has made a tradition of featuring each of his Ranger seniors on social media.  I will be sharing these daily. – Steve

Our first senior is # 44, Dalton Roberts. Dalton is a running back & linebacker for the Rangers. He has been playing football for 3 years. He is the son of Angie & Jody Loeh.

When Dalton isn’t playing football, he is usually working and spending time with his family. After graduation, Dalton plans to work in the coal mines.

Dalton says, “I would like to thank God because he has been with me. I also would like to thank my parents and grandparents for the support they give me.”

Alabama woman arrested on Benton Square for traffic charges

BENTON, IL – On October 2nd, 2017 Benton Police were dispatched to the area of 400 Public Square in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

Upon investigating, police arrested Shana Bertucci, age 46, of AL for driving while license suspended.