"Chalk Benton" at Benton Community Park on Saturday, July 31
Award-winning musical coming to Benton Civic Center this week

Do you have your T-I-C-K-E-T-S?
Pyramid Players are proud to present the Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” July
Construction work continues at RLC


“Back to School Night” at RLC slated for August 4

Before you hit the books, why not have a blast with Rend Lake College?!

Chalk, chalk and more chalk – Benton artists plan to decorate sidewalks at Benton Community Park

The second-ever “Chalk Benton” event will be held this Saturday, July 31 at Benton Community Park.

Remembering Mary Havlovic – an iconic educator who left a huge impact on students’ lives

Many people probably glanced over the obituary of Mary Havlovic and didn’t pay much attention.

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Gary W. Moore: The importance of family traditions

Family traditions are meaningful to me. The older I get the more important it is to preserve these annual happenings in hope that they will be passed down through generations.

Student housing to be consolidated on West Side of SIU Campus

CARBONDALE – SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall in order to increase student engagement, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemago.

Jenetta C. Trussell – Christopher, IL

Jenetta C. Trussell, 70, of Christopher, passed away at 11:41 a.m., on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Herrin Hospital, Herrin, IL.

Dora L. Hutchins – Benton, IL

Dora Lee Hutchins, age 93, of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

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Buy Saluki Football group tickets vs. Dayton online for $10

Have a group of 10 or more? Starting today, tickets are available online to the Dayton game on Sept. 18 for just $10. Groups have the opportunity to send a photo and be recognized on the videoboard during the game.

Two-sports standout from Hardin County signs with SIC Falcons

HARRISBURG, Illinois – Hardin County Cougar Calen Banks has signed with the Southeastern Illinois College Falcons to play both basketball and golf for the 2021-22 season. In basketball, Banks is a 6’1 guard. As a senior he averaged 19.1 points per game and shot 47.3% from the field. “Calen is a player who makes any […]

Katie Gerlach named SIU’s Senior Woman Administrator

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Liz Jarnigan announced on Thursday that Associate Director of Athletics for facilities and events Katie Gerlach has been designated as the department’s senior woman administrator.

Four Salukis to compete at U.S. Olympic Trials

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Four former and current Salukis, including 2016 Olympians DeAnna Price and Gwen Berry, will look to punch their tickets to Tokyo and secure their spot on Team USA for the 2020 Olympic Games continuing tomorrow, June 24 at Hayward Field as part of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

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Rend Lake College Board meeting highlights

Rend Lake College took its first step toward an all-inclusive textbook program Tuesday night at its monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees. Members unanimously passed the first reading of a change to RLC’s textbook policy that will take effect next Summer.

Heartland Forward launches statewide campaign to help Illinois families access Federal Broadband Assistance Program

CHICAGO — Heartland Forward has joined federal, state and local collaborators in unveiling a public awareness campaign to help connect Illinoisans to affordable internet through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.

KFVS reporter wins Miss Illinois crown

MARION — Isabelle Hanson, a news anchor and reporter for KFVS-TV, is Miss Illinois 2021.

Cairo Port project continues forward after big investment last year

After last year’s $40 million line item in the state’s capital bill, state Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, said, the train is still moving on the Cairo Port Project.

Supreme Court sides with student athletes, rules NCAA improperly capped education-related benefits

The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that the NCAA has illegally restricted education-based benefits that could be used as compensation to student athletes.

County board discusses attorney fees, agreements for Walker’s Bluff casino project

MARION — Williamson County Board Commissioner Brent Gentry on Tuesday questioned what the county is paying a law firm to represent the local government in the Walker’s Bluff Resort project.

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