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With the passing of Delmar Jones, Sesser loses an icon and a pillar of the community

The barber tools have been sold, the small portable building has been moved from its familiar location on Sesser’s north side and the curtain has dropped on a Sesser tradition that spanned more than eight decades.

Franklin County men arrested on meth charges

Five men from Franklin County have been arrested as part of an investigation by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

Should Illinois allow 12-year-olds to be home alone? Lawmaker wants ‘restrictive’ legal age of 14 lowered

SPRINGFIELD — At what age should it be legal for a child to be at home alone, or to be caring for younger siblings?

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What the college admissions scandal reveals about most families

If watching the college admissions scandal unfold makes you feel uneasy about young people’s adulting journeys, you’re not alone. Research studies and kitchen table conversations nationwide highlight that teenagers in the U.S. – both those applying to top-tier colleges as well as those making other educational and vocational decisions – face choices and challenges those of us over 30 didn’t encounter until our mid-20s.

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.

Toys R Us tells workers it will liquidate and sell or close all stores

Toys R Us told employees Wednesday that it is planning to sell or close all of its U.S. stores, and that it will file liquidation papers this evening in advance of a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Rosie Ann Gaither — Thompsonville, IL

Rosie Ann Gaither, 79, of Thompsonville, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

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Mullins leads list of candidates to take Saluki Basketball into 2020

CARBONDALE — SIU athletic director Jerry Kill might not have to go too far to find the next head coach of the Salukis’ marquee program.

Bradley awarded lowest seed in MVC history, Loyola given 7th seed in NIT

Bradley’s men’s basketball team received the worst NCAA Tournament seed in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference Sunday, drawing a 15 in the East Region.

Duke picked as overall top seed in March Madness

The return of Zion Williamson has worked wonders for the Duke Blue Devils.

Cardinals notebook: Wacha, perhaps in Cards camp for last time, has another strong outing

JUPITER, Fla. • Michael Wacha seems to be having more fun in the Cardinals’ clubhouse this spring than he probably ever has.

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Experts worry about getting everyone counted: ‘Illinois needs a good census count more than almost any other state’

The 2020 U.S. census is a little more than a year away but that hasn’t stopped Jay Young from worrying about what it will mean for Illinois.

Rebecca Pallmeyer to be first female chief judge in long history of Chicago’s federal court

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer will become the first woman to head the federal court in Chicago, succeeding Ruben Castillo as chief judge on July 1.

Ex-transportation czar Ray LaHood to oversee utility’s safety efforts

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, also a former Central Illinois congressman, will help oversee efforts to improve safety and reduce risk at NiSource, the utility company blamed for natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts six months ago.

LA financial executive tipped authorities to college admissions scandal for leniency in fraud case, report says

A Los Angeles financial executive who was being investigated in a securities fraud case tipped authorities to the wide-ranging college admissions scandal, according to a report.

40 killed and more than 20 seriously injured in New Zealand mass shooting targeting mosques

New Zealand’s Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern confirmed 40 people were killed and more than 20 were seriously injured in what she labeled a well-planned “terrorist attack” that targeted worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

Benton Police make arrests

On March 13, 2019 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Benton Police were dispatched to the 100 block of West Adams Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.