Illinois Farm Bureau takes action to combat high suicide rate among farmers

With a recent report showing that suicide rates among farmers are more than five times the national average, the Illinois Farm Bureau is taking steps to help farmers in need.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois’ population losses greater in youth, working-age residents than retirees

Illinois’ youth and working-age professionals are leaving in greater numbers than other age groups, including retirees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois State Police warn drivers to think twice about texting behind the wheel

Illinois’ laws for distracted driving are being reclassified so that texting behind the wheel will carry a stiffer penalty next month.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Cannabis grower predicts exponential industry growth in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to legalize recreational cannabis use and sales for adults and one of the state’s medical marijuana companies is preparing for exponential growth.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Debbie Davis — Yulee, FL

Debbie Davis, age 65, of Yulee, FL and formerly of Benton, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

Debbie was born on May 19, 1955 in Benton, IL, the daughter of James Edward Mayer and Betty Joann (Leffler) Mayer. She married Tommy E. Davis on July 2, 1977 and he survives.

She formerly managed the Meals on Wheels Program for 18 years in Fernandina Beach, FL. She loved cultivating flowers, and often told her husband that doing so was her therapy.

Surviving is her loving husband Tommy Davis of Yulee, FL; cousins Steve Mayer and Cindy Neighbor, both of Shawnee, KS, and Susan Neville of St. Petersburg, FL; and her many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter Shelley Davis.

Local arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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Virginia Lee Wininger – Benton, IL

Virginia Lee Wininger, age 87, of Benton, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at her home.

A small gathering of family and close friends to celebrate the life of Virginia, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Virginia was born on January 19, 1932 in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Henry Williams and Georgia (Hamby) Williams. She was married to Russell Wininger in 1976, and he preceded her in death in 2002.

She was a former lead nurse at the Elgin State Hospital. She enjoyed her home visits by Pastor Alan Janneke from the St. Paul Lutheran Church of West Frankfort.

Virginia enjoyed gardening, shopping, dining out, telling stories, and especially loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children: Ruth Barry and husband Joe of Capon, IL, Morris Bonebrake of Abilene, TX, Betty Mathieu of Benton, Sheila Smith of Benton, Charlene Schwartz of Genoa, IL; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ralph Williams and wife Loratta, Russell Williams and wife Gisela, James Williams, Geneva Herrell and husband John, Dolly Owsley, Lillie Wece and husband Albert; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband Charles Bonebrake; and her husband Russell Wininger; an infant daughter Gracie Bonebrake, stillborn son Charles Bonebrake, 13-year-old daughter Patty Bonebrake; a brother Howard Williams; two sons-in-law: Bruce Smith and Michael Schwartz.

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Everett Junior Eubanks-Sesser, IL

Everett Junior Eubanks, 93, of Sesser, passed away on June 17, 2019.

He was born on October 11, 1925 in Sesser to Everett and Blanche (Thompson) Eubanks. He married Geraldine (Webb) Eubanks and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2015.

He is survived by his children Larry Dale (Francine) Eubanks of Benton, Janet (John) Fauth of New Athens, IL, Randy (Jane) Eubanks of Sesser, Jean (Bob) Armes of Sesser and Tommy (Lori) Eubanks of Ewing; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters, four brothers and three infant siblings.

He was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA and a United States Navy Veteran.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday June 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home and on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.

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Column: You can always go back home again

CARBONDALE — The jury is still out for Patrick Ewing’s return to Georgetown, Penny Hardaway’s run at Memphis and the impending Juwan Howard era at Michigan, but for every Eddie Jordan, Chris Mullin and Marty Simmons, there is a Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams and Matt Painter.

Here’s a link to the column at the Southern Illinoisan.

Rebuild vs. Rebuild: Comparing the 2019 White Sox with the 2014 Cubs

Seventy games into Year 3 of their rebuild, the White Sox are feeling pretty good about themselves.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Fowler, Severin hosting senior health fair in Marion

MARION — An event Tuesday offers area seniors an opportunity to do a little one-stop shopping for health care needs.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

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