HARRISBURG, IL – Alexander County is another small step closer to moving forward with economic progress, thanks to the continued work of State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). In cooperation with Sen. Fowler, the Governor today made four appointments to the Alexander-Cairo Port District.

“I want to thank the Governor for his quick action to nominate members after our early consultation with local leaders,” Fowler said. “I look forward to working with the new board in order to help make the Port Authority a reality. It’s going to take a collaborative effort to get Cairo and Alexander County’s economic engine ‘fired up’ again.”

April 7 marked another “page turn” as the Governor nominated four members to reconstitute the Alexander-Cairo Port District. The board was created in 2010 by the previous administration, but has been largely ignored; it appears the board has not met in at least five years.

The Port District is made up of seven appointed members, four from the Governor’s Office, two from Alexander County, and one from the City of Cairo. Members must be residents of the Alexander County and will serve without compensation.

Lawrence Klein, Mark Glaab, retired Judge Steve Spoemer, and Jack Guetterman will serve as the Governor’s appointees.

Lawrence Klein, a life-long resident of Cairo, said, “Many thanks to Senator Dale Fowler and Governor Rauner for the appointment to the Alexander-Cairo Port District. I firmly believe that our team will work diligently to bring wealth and prosperity back to the region.”

Mr. Glabb also commented, “Thanks to the renewed efforts of our leadership in Springfield, it seems that there is a much brighter future ahead for our community. The Port District will be a critical part of helping to develop the river bank into a modern river freight facility.”

Possible tornado rips roof off Williamson County home

WSIL TV photo

WSIL TV photo

CARTERVILLE, IL (WSIL-TV Please click on link to watch video and accompanying photos) Storms damaged a home near Crab Orchard Lake Wednesday. Mitchell Fleming was home when an apparent tornado ripped off their roof. “When the roof started coming off, I just curled up in bed, pulled the covers over me and kind of slipped between the wall and the bed,” said Fleming. “It lasted all of maybe three seconds. Then I got up and started moving stuff and making calls. It was a little surreal, that’s for sure.” No one inside the home was injured.

Mike Henshaw memorial service set for Wednesday

HARRISBURG, IL (Courtney Cruse, WSIL TV. Please click to read the full story. Here is an excerpt) A service for Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw has been set. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 29, at 1 P.M. at First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. Cremation will follow. There will be no visitation.

Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw has died

WSIL TV - Photo

WSIL TV – Photo

HARRISBURG, IL – (Travis DeNeal -Harrisburg Daliy Register. Please click to read the whole story and updates. Here is an excerpt.) Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw died on Wednesday night, as confirmed by Bob Oglesby, chairman of the Saline County Democratic Party and a longtime friend. A cause of death has not been released at this time. Henshaw was elected to the position of state’s attorney in 1972, and served for four years. He was reelected in 2008, and was reelected again in the November 2016 election. He is being remembered by his colleagues as a caring person and a determined litigator.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois prepares for first flight

World War II veteran Robert Casey, who will be participating in the Honor Flight from Southern Illinois in April  (WPSD photo)

World War II veteran Robert Casey, who will be participating in the Honor Flight from Southern Illinois in April (WPSD photo)

MARION, IL – (Logan Gay, WPSD-TV. Please Click to read the entire story and accompanying video. Here is an excerpt.) At almost 90 years old World War II veteran Robert Casey has lived quite an adventurous life. When he was only in high school he didn’t hesitate to enlist in the military. “There were several things on our mind at 17 years old. There was patriotism there was a war going on and we wanted to be a part of it,” said World War II Veteran Robert Casey. Now Casey is ready for his next adventure. The Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois is taking their first honor flight to D.C. and Casey, accompanied by his grandson Josh Mieldezis and a group of 57 other veterans, plans to be on that trip.


SPRINGFIELD, IL –  State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is announcing his appointment to the Illinois Coal Development Board to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former Senator David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville).

“I am looking forward to this new role on the Coal Development Board and hope that it will be a tool for revitalizing our coal industry in Southern Illinois,” says Fowler. “It is my hope that as the energy market rebounds, our Illinois coal miners will return to the industry.”

The Illinois Coal Development Board promotes and develops an annual agenda for research and methodologies to increase use of Illinois coal resources, and advises the Office of Coal Development and Illinois Clean Coal Institute on coal research and development policy and projects.

The Board is a bipartisan breakdown of legislators from the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives. It also involves representatives of various facets from the Illinois coal industry.

MVTHS reverses decision on Creel

The Centralia student section in last Friday night's game against Mt. Vernon, wearing shirts in support of MVTHS coach and AD, Doug Creel (Randy Olson photo)

The Centralia student section in last Friday night’s game against Mt. Vernon, wearing shirts in support of MVTHS coach and AD, Doug Creel (Randy Olson photo)

MT. VERNON, IL – (Travis Morse – Mt. Vernon Register-News – Please click on the link to read the full article. Here is an excerpt) The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education Tuesday voted to return the athletic director position to the administrative team for next school year. This reverses the board’s controversial decision last month to make the position non-administrative, an action that provoked a wave of criticism from supporters of Athletic Director Doug Creel. “In our opinion, the vote that was taken at the January meeting which eliminated Doug’s administrative position was taken without accurate information provided to the board,” said concerned citizen Randy Olson, who has led a social media campaign against the MVTHS administration. “We believe that Mt. Vernon Township High School is fortunate to have Mr. Creel as a coach, as an athletic director, and as administrator.”

Closings and cancellations 1/13/17

snow-dayI will use media sources to get every closing from I -64 south, since people go to this website all over Southern Illinois.  Please contact me with any closings by the following ways:

You can call or text me at 513-2516, call at 937-0253; PM me on Facebook (Steve Dunford), email me at

It will be nearly impossible to reply to individual requests if a school or business is closed.  I will update frequently with times.

Updated 6:30 am 1/13/17

I will lump all closings categorized by county.  Any type will be under the county listed.  

SCHOOLS-The only schools that I do not have in Southern Illinois are the following:  Century, The only Johnson County School I have is Lick Creek, Hardin County and Pope County.  

COLLEGES-  The only ones I have not heard anything about is Shawnee Community College and SIU, which never calls off.  The key staff needs to report at Morthland COllege.  

I am going to go to sporting events/business mode now.  


Murphysboro at Benton Boys HS basketball/no make up date as of yet

Kids R My Business Day Care, Christopher

Girls Junior High Class L regional Benton/DuQuoin





Harrisburg women avoid Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting

The two Harrisburg women who escaped the Fort Lauderdale shooting (WSIL TV Photo)

The two Harrisburg women who escaped the Fort Lauderdale shooting (WSIL TV Photo)

HARRISBURG – Two Harrisburg women traveling from Florida to St. Louis had just become airborne when a man began shooting in the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday afternoon, one of the women said. Celia Roark and her grandmother Patty Peterson had just departed the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when a man reportedly from an incoming Canadian flight allegedly claimed a checked bag containing a firearm, took the firearm into a bathroom to load it and emerged shooting. Five people are dead and 8 injured as a result, according to multiple news outlets. The shooting happened in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport. Roark, the daughter of former Daily Register sports editor John Roark of Princeton, Ind. and Amy Peterson of Marion, said they were in Terminal 1 prior to departure. Please click and read the story from Travis DeNeal of the Harrisburg Daliy-Register.

Snowy weather leads to two crashes within minutes on I-57 in Williamson County

i-57-signIllinois State Police responded to two traffic crashes that happened within a couple minutes Thursday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 in Williamson County, according to a news release from Illinois State Police. A 2011 Ford Ranger driven by Shane G. Halvorsen, 39, of Grand Chain, was northbound on I-57 in Williamson County at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, when Robert M. Davis, 25, of Creal Springs, was following and attempted to pass near Mile Post 49. Davis then lost control of his truck on snow-covered roadways, and the Ford F-250 slid into the right rear corner of the Ranger, and both vehicles slid off the roadway. The Ranger struck a tree off the right shoulder, and the F-250 came to rest in the median. Please read the press release from the Illinois State police ran by The Southern.

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