County board discusses attorney fees, agreements for Walker’s Bluff casino project

MARION — Williamson County Board Commissioner Brent Gentry on Tuesday questioned what the county is paying a law firm to represent the local government in the Walker’s Bluff Resort project.

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

Body found at the Motel Marion demolition site

MARION – A body was discovered Tuesday at a demolition site for the Motel Marion, authorities said.

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

RLC to begin in-person classes on August 16

A sure sign that normalcy is slowly returning to the region is the fact that in-person classes will be held at Rend Lake College beginning in August.

Here’s the link to info about the fall semester at RLCE

Compass Christian Academy accepting applications for 2021-2022 school year

Compass Christian Academy is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

CCA is the Kindergarten through eighth grade education ministry of First Christian Church, 1001 South Cherry in West Frankfort.

Interested families are invited to our upcoming CCA preview night on Sunday, June 13 at 6PM at First Christian Church.

Visit CCA at for more information or call the church office at 618-937-6360

Rend Lake College earns national recognition for trade program

INA, Ill. Rend Lake College’s trade programs rate among the best in the nation, according to a recent ranking from education website recently published its list of the 50 Best Trade Schools Programs for the 2020-21 school year and RLC landed in the No. 18 spot. The website’s editorial team considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected RLC based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.

While RLC is not exclusively a trade school, the college does offer a variety of technical programs where students can receive hands-on training to help prepare them for a career. RLC offers occupational certificates, which focus on skill competencies and allow students to enter the workforce in a short amount of time. Or students could learn a trade along with general education content to earn an associate degree. RLC also offers an apprenticeship program allowing students to receive on-the-job training from a local company and earn a wage while they learn. highlighted RLC’s variety of certificates and degrees available, including options like a Certificate in Certified Production Technician or a Certificate in Phlebotomy. The website also emphasized RLC’s use of the Focus 2 career planning system that allows students to figure out what career works best for them.

Since 2003, has helped students and working professionals research different schools, degrees and careers.

RLC has more than 100 degrees and certificates available. To learn more about the college, or to enroll, visit

State returns Metro East region outside St. Louis to phase 4 reopening rules after weeks under tighter restrictions

After more than a month under tighter restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Metro East region will return to phase four rules that allow indoor dining and bar service and gatherings of up to 50 people, state officials said Friday.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Outside groups pour tens of millions of dollars into Amy Coney Barrett confirmation fight

The battle over the Supreme Court vacancy will play a role in defining the contentious 2020 presidential race, and campaign advocacy groups on both sides of the aisle have already poured tens of millions of dollars into a fight whose outcome is almost certain, according to an analysis of spending by Fox Business.

Here’s a link to the story at Fox News.

Rep. Mike Bost says he has tested positive for COVID-19

In a statement posted to Facebook Friday morning, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost announced he has contracted COVID-19.

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

IDPH: 7 Southern Illinois counties at warning level for COVID-19 spread this week

Seven Southern Illinois counties are on Illinois Department of Public Health’s list of counties considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19.

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

Harris has been open to packing Supreme Court, NY Times reporter says

New York Times reporter Alex Burns revealed the highly anticipated opinion of the Biden-Harris ticket on packing the Supreme Court.

Here’s a link to the story at Fox News.

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