City Approves Mach1 for Liquor License, Discusses Expanding Number of Pour Licenses for Video Gaming

WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  (William McPherson, West Frankfort Gazette.  Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Randy Mires of Mach1 was approved for a Class A pour license at a recent West Frankfort City Council meeting.

The planned Mach1 development was contingent on getting this approval Jordan said, because they need the liquor license in order to set up video gaming. This is why, Jordan said, the pour license was being approved so early before any construction was set to begin.

Mayor Tom Jordan said that Mires has been trying to bring a gas station to West Frankfort for the past three years. The West Frankfort Mach1 will be built on the ground which formerly was the West Frankfort Pizza Hut located near the Outlet Mall and I-57 interstate exit, and will also have a space at the current home of the Special Occasions bridal shop—who will in turn be bringing their business into the Outlet Mall, Jordan said.

Boil Water order South of West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT, IL – A boil water order is issued for the following areas South of West Frankfort.  Route 37 between Pond Creek to County Line Road.  Country Club Road between Route 37 and Interstate 57 overpass.

Frankfort school board adopts $16 million budget

WEST FRANKFORT, IL – (Tim Hastings, West Frankfort Gazette.  Please click the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

The Frankfort Community School District 168 Board of Education adopted a $16 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year after conducting a public hearing on Thursday, September 28, at the Central Junior High School cafeteria.  Superintendent Matt Donkin said the hearing elicited no questions or comments.

Mary Moreland Named 2017 W.O.N. Founders Award Recipient for McDonald’s Corporation

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – John Moreland, Owner/Operator, Moreland Organization, Mary Moreland, Owner/Operator, Moreland Organization, Chris Kempczinski, President of McDonald’s USA,  Stephanie Bishop, Owner/Operator, Bishop Organization Nicole Moreland, Office Manager, Bishop Organization

MARION, IL – McDonald’s of the Indianapolis Region today announced that West Frankfort, Illinois resident and McDonald’s owner/operator, Mary Moreland is the recipient of the 2017 W.O.N. (Women Operator Network) Founders Award.

“We are so proud to announce that Mary has won the prestigious Founders Award,” said Linda Burrell, president of W.O.N.’s Indianapolis Region Chapter and Middle-Tennessee owner/operator. “Mary has been an active member of our chapter for decades and has mentored not only her daughter (Stephanie Bishop, also a McDonald’s owner/operator), but many prospective McDonald’s women owner/operators and other young-women in her local community.”

The national and bi-annual honor recognizes a woman owner/operator who works beyond her own life and community and makes a difference in the lives of other women. She is someone who has a vision beyond her own company and inspires and motivates others to see beyond themselves and acts to light a path for those who travel in her footsteps.

Mary Moreland and husband, John Moreland, own and operate ten McDonald’s restaurants in the Tri-State and Evansville, Indiana area. She’s been an approved operator for 35 years, and a partner in the family-owned business for more than 52 years. Mary was selected as this year’s Founders Award recipient from nearly 808 McDonald’s women owner/operators nationally.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to recognize Mary with this milestone achievement,” said McDonald’s vice president and general manager, Cedric Jones. “As a McDonald’s owner/operator for more than 35 years, Mary has been and continues to be a true ambassador of the Brand in her community, working every day to inspire and motivate others to fulfill their dreams.”

Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA recognized Mary this week at the 2017 W.O.N. National Business Conference in Chandler, Arizona.

Plans to build medical clinic in Zeigler are on hold

WSIL photo

ZEIGLER, IL – (Evie Allen, WSIL-TV.  Please click from the link above for the full story and video.  Here is an excerpt below.)

With the City of Zeigler’s finances under scrutiny, some wonder if it has played a part in slowing down plans for a new medical clinic.

Mayor Dennis Mitchell told News 3, money for the clinic is still there, but other problems have halted plans, for now.

The dream for and old bank building in Zeigler to become a medical center, is now on hold.

Making the total cost around $525,000. Mitchell also said the “Morthland Foundation” had a part in the lease agreement.

Representatives with the Morthland Foundation told News 3, they still hope to move forward with the clinic as well.


See You at the Pole: Central Junior High School

from the First Christian Church Facebook page

See You at the Pole: FCHS

From the First Christian Church Facebook Page

Several reporting no water service, low pressure in the Corinth Water District

by Steve Dunford

CORINTH, IL –There have been several social media reports of low water pressure in the Corinth Water District.

I just spoke with a representative from the district, and they are having trouble with their pump station.  She also said the district is under a boil water order till further notice, and it is district wide.

The Corinth Water District, covers rural areas east of West Frankfort and south of Thompsonville.  The also serve areas southwest of Galatia, and the northeast quadrant of Williamson County.



Benton man arrested on attempted first degree murder……other charges

West Frankfort woman arrested on obstructing  justice charges

Press Release from Don Jones, Franklin County Sheriff

Franklin County Sheriff’s office photos using WSIL-TV’s format

On 9-13-17 at 8:30 am Deputies responded to a reported break in at a rural Benton residence. Deputies discovered forced entry and conducted a search of the residence. Deputies initially located a female, Eva Y. McPherson age 54 of West Frankfort. McPherson stated she was alone and had the homeowner’s permission to be in the house.

Deputies conducted a search of the house and located a second subject identified as Alan W. Bennett age 47 of Benton hiding in a bedroom. Bennett is wanted on a Franklin County warrant for attempted first degree murder, home invasion, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of weapons by a convicted felon.

He also will be charged with a second count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as a handgun was found in his possession at the time of his arrest. McPherson is also being charged with obstructing justice.

Southern Illinois churches share evangelism experiences in Guatemala

The mission group from Southern Illinois in front of the FBC Woodlawn. (WSIL Photo)

(Erin Frey, WSIL TV.  Please click on the link for the full story and video Here is an excerpt below.  NOTE:  Grace Baptist Fellowship between Benton and West Frankfort participated in the mission trip.)

Grace Baptist Fellowship, the First Baptist Church of Woodlawn, and one home church group took two vans, and drove from Mt. Vernon to Chicago, before taking a four hour flight to El Salvador where they had a short layover.

After that, they took a thirty minute plane ride to Guatemala city, and stayed overnight at a mission house called the House of blessings..

The next day, a five hour bus ride got the group to their destination in Coatepeque.
There, they arrived at the First Baptist Church of Coatepeque, pastored by a man named Otto Echeverria.

“Being together, sharing time together, Talking about different experiences, and different ministries and different places,” Echeverria says is his mission.

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