Ian Ralph Fowler – Benton, IL

Ian Ralph Fowler, 26, of Benton, IL passed away at 11:43 a.m., on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at St. Louis University Hospital in St Louis, MO, as a result of a motorcycle/car collision.

He was born on August 9, 1993, to Richard and Melinda (Simpson) Fowler in Carbondale, IL. Ian worked as a Hoistman/Warehouse for M-Class Mine.

Ian was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and nephew. He loved the outdoors and his pets. He enjoyed working on anything that had a motor and especially loved riding his Harley.

Ian is survived by his parents, Richard and Melinda Fowler, Benton, IL, one brother, Aaron Scott Fowler and wife Ashley of West Frankfort, IL; two nephews, Liam and Gene Fowler; paternal grandmother, Dawn Fowler of Dallas, TX; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Linda Simpson of Benton, IL; aunt, Gayle Baird of Abilene, TX; two uncles, Scott (Diane) Simpson of Benton, IL and Stephen (Megan Cole) Simpson of Murphysboro, IL; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Richard J. Fowler, Jr. and paternal grandmother, Audra Estelle Williams.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Following the visitation the funeral procession will leave for Shiloh Cemetery, Whittington, IL, for a graveside service with the Reverend Sammy Simmons, officiating.

Ian’s legacy will live on by his gracious gift of being an organ donor.

Memorials may be made to Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

Stephen “Beaver” Hensgen – Mulkeytown, IL

Stephen Matthew “Beaver” Hensgen, age 62, of Mulkeytown, passed away at Friday, November 22, 2019 at his home.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be planned for a future date.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
Stephen Matthew Hensgen was born on May 30, 1957 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Wilbur J. Hensgen and Eunice (Sheldon) Hensgen.
He formerly worked with Pepsi Mid-America as a bottle filler. Prior to working with Pepsi, he worked at Maytag.

Beaver enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping, and going to the “country house”. He was a good storyteller, and song writer. His family said that he could write lyrics to a song about anything. He loved family events and spending time with family, but most of all, he loved being with his grandkids.

He is survived by his three daughters: Amber (Hensgen) Koloroutis and husband Adam of Kileen, TX, Ashley (Hensgen) Turner and husband Scott of West Frankfort, Chelsea Hensgen of Minnesota; seven grandchildren: Nolan Koloroutis, Brynlee Koloroutis, William Turner, Tyler Craft, Jordan Turner, Jadelynn Turner, Paisley Hensgen; a sister Patricia Wilson of Marion, IL; a brother James Hensgen and wife Carla of Carterville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; a brother-in-law Dale Wilson; and a nephew Eric Hensgen.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Stephen Matthew Hensgen, to the family to assist with the cremation expenses, and may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Beaver, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Mae Brooks – Benton, IL

Dorothy Mae Brooks, 92, born October 15, 1927, in West City, IL, passed away at 5:36 p.m., on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, Benton, IL.

She married Bill Brooks, who served in the United States Army during active military war time of the Korean Conflict. The couple moved from Illinois to Oklahoma where Mr. Brooks was employed by NOMECO and Haliburton Oil companies over the next two decades. Dorothy moved to Branson, MO after the passing of her spouse in 1997, and enjoyed her leisure years entertaining friends and family on Lake Tanycomo in Branson.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, David Kearney of Austin, TX; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Delmar and Della (Johnson) Kearney; husband, William C. Brooks; infant son, William Roy Brooks; three brothers, Vernon Kearney, Carl Kearney and Leonard Kearney.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Per Dorothy’s wishes cremation will take place. Burial will follow at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery at a later date.

Online condolences may be given at www.patefh.com

Benton police make arrests

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 2:35 a.m., Benton Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of East Main and McLeansboro Street.
Upon investigating, police arrested Caleb M. Hart, age 29, of Benton for driving under the influence.
Hart was charged and transported to the Franklin County jail for further processing.

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Benton Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Main Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
Upon investigating, police arrested Steven H. Klingel, age 55, of Valier for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Klingel was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

New bill would cut off lawmaker pay the day they leave office in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — A measure preventing lawmakers from receiving pay for days they did not hold office has remained in legislative limbo since its introduction in January. Its sponsor said the “simple, common sense” fix is necessary to address the General Assembly’s “culture.”

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

Saluki Football | Top-ranked Bison have a lot to play for, too

CARBONDALE — Normally you can’t talk about No. 1 North Dakota State without mentioning its defense. Its last two head coaches, who both won multiple FCS national championships, were former defensive coordinators, and current leader Matt Entz was the defensive coordinator on last year’s team that won it all.

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

Cardinals add pitchers Woodford and Seijas, 3B Montero to 40-man roster; Leone dropped

The Cardinals added three minor leaguers and designated veteran reliever Dominic Leone for assignment Wednesday as they placed their 40-man winter roster at 40 players a couple of weeks or so ahead of the winter meetings.

Here’s the link to the story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Illinois pension consolidation bill passes despite objections over unknown Tier II enhancement costs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to consolidate the state’s 649 suburban and downstate police and fire pension funds into two funds to maximize investment returns after the legislation passed the Senate on the final day of the fall veto session.

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

Pastor Rick Warren: Make Every Step Count

Make Every Step Count
By Rick Warren

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing” (1 Corinthians 9:25-26 NLT).

Spiritual growth must be purposeful.

We don’t know how many days we have left. Our next breath may be our last. So every step in our journey with Jesus should be taken on purpose.
We must be disciplined.

To become the person God wants you to be, you must deny yourself. I’ll be honest with you: You won’t get to do everything that other people do. You can’t follow everyone else’s plan and follow God’s plan at the same time. Being a disciplined disciple of Jesus means sometimes taking the more difficult path.

Olympic runners must give up all kinds of stuff that other people do in order to go for the gold. They must go to bed at a certain time. They must eat a certain way. They must train in a certain setting. They must deny themselves. They must count the cost.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:25-26, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing” (NLT).

Every step, Paul says, must be purposeful. That’s how you finish the race God has marked out for you.

Don’t be tempted by shortcuts. Stay on the straight and narrow path, and keep pressing forward toward your goal. Remember the purpose God has called you to. Remember the example of Jesus, who used his time on earth for God’s glory and was not distracted by the things of this world.

Make every step count.

Pundits argue about whether higher taxes will push more people out of Illinois

Two ideological heavyweights sparred Wednesday in Chicago not only about Illinois’ proposed progressive income tax change, but about whether high taxes cause people to leave.

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

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