WSIL’s Unsung Hero: Benton’s Shannon Carr

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BENTON – In this week’s Unsung Hero, a Benton woman spends her days volunteering. Shannon Carr has been recognized for her generosity several times in the community.

Shannon has been helping with the cub scouts for about four years, planning activities for more than 25-boys.

The mother of four has been “filling a need” most of her life. She’s also organizer for her church’s free clothing store.

But it doesn’t stop there, Shannon is the fill in van driver for her church, cooks for Vacation Bible School, and organizes the church’s Christmas toy drive all while working a full-time job.

Please click on the link for the full story and video from Evie Allen of WSIL-TV.



Route 34 between Thompsonville and Galatia will be closed starting Feb. 20

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling on IL 34 near Thompsonville in Franklin County of an upcoming ROAD CLOSURE.

Beginning Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:00 A.M., IL 34 approximately 1.75 miles east of Thompsonville will be closed.

This closure is necessary to facilitate the repair of a drainage structure. The road is expected to be open by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Motorists should use the marked detour or seek an alternate route.

Message boards and signs will be in place to alert traffic of the closure.

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Local farmers watching farm bill closely

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THOMPSONVILLE — Congress will soon begin writing the 2018 Farm Bill, which will be one of the largest and potentially most controversial pieces of legislation this year.

Local farmers like Larry Miller are watching closely.

“This is a difficult time for farmers. Our costs, they just continue to go up,” Miller said.

Miller said the most important thing area farmers want to see in the farm bill is a strong crop insurance program.
“We’ve had that now in the last two bills and it really has changed farming and security of farming,” said Miller.

Please click below to read the full story from Brandon Richard of WSIL-TV.

Logan water customers under boil order

LOGAN – All Logan water customers are under a boil water order west of Logan road until Friday, due to a water main break.

This is for areas west of Logan road.


Third Annual Kaybrin Osborne Memorial Pinewood Derby and Chilli Cook-off

BENTON – Benton Cub Scout Pack #7028 would like to invite you to the Pinewood Derby and Chili Cook-off, which will take place tomorrow, February 3rd, at the North Benton Baptist Church gym.

It is free to the public.  Activities start at 10:00 am.  For more information, please call, 927-0062.

City increases its number of package liquor licenses

BENTON –  By the slimmest of margins, the city of Benton has increased its number of class B (package liquor) licenses.

City Attorney Tom Malkovich explained the city has reached the maximum number of licenses (six) allowed by the current ordinance.

“If you’re going to bring in other businesses … a lot of places want to sell package liquor.”  Malkovich said.

Please click on the link for the story from Rick Hayes of the Benton News.–of-package–liquor-licenses

Sonic Coming to Benton

BENTON – “I’m excited to announce that we have a real-estate sales contract in our possession,” said Benton Finance Commissioner Dennis Miller at last Monday’s Benton City Council Meeting.

“This is for the sale of the old City Hall. This sale was executed on January 2, and we have an agreed purchase price of $176,000 and this is being purchased by S.A. Dewitt L.P. also known as Sonic, so we are in the process of working on the title work.” The building had previously been offered at public auction at a price of $296,000.

Miller made a motion to approve the sales contract which was approved by a unanimous 5-0 vote.
Please click on the link for the full story from the Benton Gazette.
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Prosecutor: Benton man stole $500,000 from employer

BENTON –  A Benton man now faces federal fraud charges for stealing more than $500,000 from his employer.

The U.S. Attorney charged Cary E. Mosley, 48, of Benton with six counts each of wire and mail fraud.

Please click on the link of the full story from WSIL-TV

Norah Jane Gariepy – Benton, IL

Norah Jane Gariepy, “Miss Jane”, 78, of Benton IL, passed away at 11:25 p.m., on  December 30, 2017, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY.

She was born on July 18, 1939, to Stanley and Geneva (Williams) Pemberton. Norah Jane married Robert Dean Gariepy on June 22, 1963. They lived their 54 years of married life in Benton, IL.

Norah Jane was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She took pride in her children and grandchildren. She supported them in sports, extra curricular activities, and life.

Norah Jane started her career at Lincoln Grade School as a first grade teacher after graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her passion for education lead her to help start the EMH Program at Benton Consolidated High School.

Miss Jane was the owner and operator of Miss Jane’s Jack and Jill Nursery School. She was very loving and had a passion for helping build children’s learning foundations for future success. Her motto was “Education begins with love.” Norah Jane always loved seeing prior students, hearing of their success, and watching them grow into fine adults.

Norah Jane is survived by her loving husband Robert, two daughters, Lisa Gariepy of Benton, IL and Suzanne (Michael) McGuire of Benton, IL; one son, Stephen (Cathy Creed) Gariepy of Murphysboro, IL; several grandchildren, Rachel Miller of St. Louis, MO, Madison McGuire of Champaign, IL, Everett Gariepy of Murphysboro, IL, Landyn McGuire of Benton, IL,  Andrea Miller of Benton, IL,  and Haighdyn McGuire of Benton, IL; one sister, Diann (Robert) Keith of Benton, IL; and one sister-in-law, Kindra Pemberton of Macedonia, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Geneva  Pemberton, and one brother, John Pemberton.

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

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from  5:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Kurt Sanders, officiating.

Burial will take place following services at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Katherine Shew of Benton earns scholarship to SIU Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Katherine Shew of Benton is the recipient of a Dean’s Transfer Scholarship at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the fall 2018 semester. Scholarships are based on academic merit and potential for superior achievement in college.

Shew is attending Rend Lake College. A 2015 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School, she is the daughter of Elizabeth and Jeff Shew of Benton.

Shew plans to major in cinema and photography at SIU Carbondale.

SIU Carbondale is in the top 5 percent of public U.S. institutions for research.  The university offers 229 degree and certificate programs representing every major academic disciplinary area. In addition, a large number of scholarship opportunities are available.

To learn more, visit or contact the Academic Scholarship Office, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at 618/453-4628.


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