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RLC breaks ground on monumental “Hub” Project

INA, IL — Months of fundraising have paid off for the Rend Lake College Foundation as the college broke ground on a major addition and renovation project for the Learning Resource Center.

County board hires local contractor to build new courthouse; project comes in $2.3 million under budget

During action at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Franklin County Board hired a local contractor to build a new 46,000-square feet courthouse that will be located on the Benton Public Square and heard positive financial reports concerning the cost of the project.

Pate Funeral Home Receives Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction

Pate Funeral Home, of Benton, was recently recognized by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association as a recipient of its first Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction.

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Column: What happened to an America where you could freely speak your mind?

The angry left-handed broom of America’s cultural revolution uses fear to sweep through our civic, corporate and personal life.

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.

Donetia Faye (Bozovich) Laur – Benton, IL

Donetia Faye (Bozovich) Laur, 90, of Benton passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

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Martinez knocked out early by brawny Twins on same day Cardinals lose Mikolas

MINNEAPOLIS — The start Carlos Martinez waited 729 days to make and spent months proving he should earn was over before he could get a dozen outs.

Cubs get a boost from the bottom of the lineup and 5th starter Alec Mills to win their 3rd straight game, 8-5 over the Reds

CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross has expressed faith in the depth of his lineup as well as his rotation since the start of summer camp.

Benches clear in first Astros-Dodgers game since sign-stealing scandal

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros are trying to put their sign-stealing scandal behind them.

Column: For David Ross and Rick Renteria, Week 1 of a bizarre baseball season has been a whirlwind

It was a memorable Monday for David Ross and Rick Renteria as Chicago’s crosstown baseball managers attempt to navigate through this pandemic-altered season.

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Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days at John A. Logan College canceled

CARTERVILLE — This year’s Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days at John A. Logan College has been canceled because of concerns over drawing large crowds amid the ongoing pandemic, officials announced Monday night

Metro East region nears 8% COVID-19 positivity rate that is ‘failsafe’ for state action

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced another 1,076 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Tuesday as the rolling seven-day test positivity rate remained at 3.8%.

Lawsuit charges ComEd with consumer fraud

SPRINGFIELD — A class action lawsuit filed this week against utility giant Commonwealth Edison seeks to recover potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for consumers who were charged rates under legislation that the company has admitted was aided by a bribery scheme involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: 1st COVID-19-related death reported in Saline County

A county-by-county look at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, updated daily. Last updated: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Illinois vote-by-mail applications to be mailed this week

Illinois county clerks are preparing to send out applications to vote by mail this week due to a new law regarding voting by mail for the 2020 General Election.

After heavy COVID-19 toll on Illinois nursing homes, top regulators depart state agency

With thousands of COVID-19 deaths linked to Illinois nursing homes, two top regulators are now gone from a state agency criticized at times for its oversight of the facilities during the pandemic.

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