Grant will help RLC students pay for childcare
Huge auction in Valier on October 24, 2021
Mr. A Day!
RLC President Terry Wilkerson (standing) is pictured with Gene "Mr. A" Alexander during a ceremony on the Ina campus that honored the longtime Benton educator.


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In another life, I worked as a writer/columnist at both the Benton Evening News and the Southern Illinoisan.

Illinois Senate revives measure to allow limited sports betting on in-state colleges

SPRINGFIELD — A state Senate committee revived a gambling bill Wednesday that would allow for limited betting on in-state college sports teams, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

A Chicago Bears move to Arlington Heights may leave thousands of fans with worthless Soldier Field seat licenses

When Chicago attorney Jerry Latherow paid $18,000 to buy four permanent seat licenses at Soldier Field last year, the Bears season ticket holder upgraded from a nearby section to get a better view of the scoreboard.

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(CNN)I vaguely remember when I first heard a rumor about an alleged R. Kelly sex tape. I was in college and a casual fan of the singer, songwriter and producer. Within days, I heard that the other person on the tape was a teenage Black girl.


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

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Terry L. Ray, 73, of Benton, IL passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Franklin Hospital.

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INA, IL – Rend Lake College is once again inviting the community out for a “Spooktacular” night of music just in time for All Hallows’ Eve.

Murphysboro barbecue competition draws nearly 100 teams

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Carbondale commits $450K in COVID-19 relief to Eurma Hayes Center for critical repairs, renovations

The Eurma C. Hayes Center is a mess today due to construction, but Bob Wills, executive director of the center, says the mess is necessary to renovate and bring services to Carbondale’s Northeast community.

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Illinois teachers sue districts over statewide vaccine mandate

Ten teachers in the Metro East who refuse to comply with statewide vaccine and mask mandates are suing their school districts over the policies.

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