Huge auction in Valier on October 24, 2021
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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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Huge Auction Slated for October 24 in Valier

‘Something for everybody’ might be the best way to describe the huge auction coming to Valier on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The estate of Lawrence and Alda McItyre, located at 6186 Park Street Road, will be auctioned off beginning at 9:30 a.m.

No. 4-ranked Saluki Football hosts North Dakota on Homecoming Weekend

Southern Illinois moved up three spots in the national rankings to No. 4 in both the Coaches and media polls this week, as it prepares to host No. 22-ranked North Dakota on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept. make arrests, issue citations

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released a busy citation and arrest report, according to Sheriff David Bartoni.

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R. Kelly’s long-overdue conviction should be a turning point

(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.


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.

Daphne Thiele-Hamby – Whittington, IL

Daphne Dee Thiele-Hamby age 50, of Whittington, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room of Benton.

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Is there such a thing as too much rest for Adam Wainwright between now and the Cardinals’ wild-card game?

Here are the highlights from sports columnist Ben Frederickson’s weekly chat with St. Louis sports fans

Streak stops, preparation for postseason begins

As the season-saving gust gave out beneath their wings and an end came to the second-longest winning streak the National League had seen in 105 years, the Cardinals could shift their focus from what no team had done in decades to what they must do in a week.

‘I’m absolutely coming back’: At home with Cardinals, Arenado says he won’t opt out after season

Drenched in the clincher’s spoils of champagne and beer, some of it poured over him by rookies, Nolan Arenado had the chance late Tuesday night on the field at Busch Stadium to introduce his wife, Laura, to some Cardinals teammates, such as Dylan Carlson.

What are the costs if the Bears bail on Chicago for Arlington Heights?

News of the Bears inking a $197.2 million agreement to buy a giant parcel of land in Arlington Heights shook Chicago awake early Wednesday like a frigid gust off the lakefront during a January game at Soldier Field.

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RLC to put on free Halloween Concert this October

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

MURPHYSBORO — After a being cancelled in 2020, Praise The Lard – Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off drew nearly 100 teams from 14 states to compete for prizes totaling $27,500.

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.

It’s flu vaccine time, even if you’ve had your COVID shots. Here’s what you should know

Amid all the focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. health experts have another plea: Don’t skip your flu shot.

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.

Abortion rights rallies planned in Chicago, cities nationwide on Saturday

Reproductive rights activists are hosting marches and rallies across Illinois on Saturday to support abortion access nationwide and protest recent restrictions in Texas, which have all but banned the procedure there.

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