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.

West Frankfort Elks helps Fire Department Purchase Ambulance Equipment

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

Members of the West Frankfort community came together last week to give back to those who routinely put their lives on the line to keep us all safe.

Members of the West Frankfort community came together last week to give back to those who routinely put their lives on the line to keep us all safe. Those on hand for the $1500 donation included Elks Exalted Ruler Ed Wall, Lecturing Knight Jessie Talbott, Former Exalted Ruler and Elks Trustee Bernadine Walley, Member Meesha Surratt, and Secretary Debbie Tango as well as West Frankfort Fire Chief Jody Allen. (William McPherson, WF Gazette Photo

A recent donation from the West Frankfort Elks of $1,500 will enable the West Frankfort Fire Department to make a much needed purchase. The money will go towards the purchase of a stair chair—a device used to carry people up or down stairs during an emergency.

“If we have someone injured upstairs, or down in a basement, we can’t just grab them, so these chairs we can put them in here and strap them in and then we can safely transport them,” said West Frankfort Fire Chief Jody Allen. “They’re very helpful to us,” Allen added.

Redbird multi sport athlete Kyle Hammers, others, gave their testiomy at Back to School Prayer Rally

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

Kyle Hammers (23) in a game last basketball season against Murphysboro.

A Frankfort Community High School junior shared with several dozen of his peers at a back-to-school prayer rally that he recently felt as low as the soldier who nailed Christ to the cross.

“My Christian life was suffocating,” said Kyle Hammers, who plays corner-back and running-back for the Frankfort Community High School (FCHS) Redbirds. “I was having trouble with relationships and Jesus came running to me.”

Hammers spoke to approximately 40 members of the FCHS football team and cheerleading squad and 40 adults at the rally at First Christian Church of West Frankfort on Thursday night. He said the gospel shows Christ encountering outcasts when he was on earth. “Jesus came to earth for sinners,” Hammers said. “He came for people who were hurting.”



Local fire departments were busy Sunday evening

by Steve Dunford


Several area fire departments responded to a house fire last night at the corner of Horrell Ave. and St Louis St. in West Frankfort. (Zeigler Fire Department photo)

In a six hour stretch between 6:00 pm and around midnight, area fire departments were busy handling several calls.

Just right at 6:00 p.m. West Frankfort Firefighters were paged to the intersection of St. Louis Street and Horrell Avenue (Deering Road)  to a structure fire.  Departments from West City, Benton, Zeigler, Johnston City and Abbott EMS provided mutual aid.

Between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Royalton firefighters were toned to a pole barn fire on Washington Street.  Zeigler firefighters were leaving West Frankfort when the were called for mutual aid.  The structure was a total loss.  Christopher provided station coverage for Zeigler.

At 10:55 p.m., Benton firefighters were called to a single vehicle accident  and fire on East Main Street in front of the new Dollar General with injuries.

At 11;45 p.m.. West City firefighters were called to a three vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Route 14 and Central Street (in front of Walmart.)

I might be mistaken, but I am nearly positive that  Benton and West City provided mutual aid for each other during the wrecks.  Buckner Fire and Rescue also provided station coverage for West City.



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