Category Archives: Local News

Missing Murphysboro Teen Turns Herself In, Safe With Family

Missing Murphysboro Teen Turns Herself In, Safe With Family

Jackson Co. – A Murphysboro girl who had been reported missing is safe at home with her family. According to a release from the Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office, 14-year-old Abigail Jones turned herself into authorities yesterday afternoon. She had been reported missing after being picked up by a vehicle in front of her home Saturday…Read more…

Peabody Energy Announces December Closure of Wildcat Hills Mine and Willow Lake Prep Plant

Peabody Energy Announces December Closure of Wildcat Hills Mine and Willow Lake Prep Plant

Equality – Peabody Energy announced Monday that it will be closing the Wildcat Hills Underground Mine and the Willow Lake Preparation Plant near Equality. According to WSIL-TV, Peabody sent employees a letter saying the closures were due to “soft market conditions that make operations uneconomic.” The facilities are expected to close December 14. The closures will impact approximately…Read more…

Marion Police Searching for Suspect in Vehicle Burglary

Marion Police Searching for Suspect in Vehicle Burglary

Marion – The Marion Police Department is asking for your help in finding the suspect in a reported burglary from a vehicle. According to a post on the Marion Police Department’s Facebook Page, the suspect took a credit card from a vehicle and later used it at Casey’s and Swifty’s in West Frankfort. Anyone with…Read more…

Benton City Council to Discuss Sale and Distribution of Cannabis at Meeting

Benton City Council to Discuss Sale and Distribution of Cannabis at Meeting

Benton – The Benton City Council will discuss and possibly move forward with the licensing and zoning for the sale and distribution of cannabis when it meets tonight at 6:00pm at City Hall. The council will also discuss with possible action amending the resolution for the sewer surcharge, a resolution amending the transfer and restriction of funds…Read more…

Massac Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Armed and Dangerous Man

Massac Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Armed and Dangerous Man

Massac Co. – The Massac County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding Brian J. Powell, who they believe to be armed and dangerous. Powell is wanted for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. He has ties to Massac and Pope County. If you know the whereabouts of Brian J. Powell, please contact the Massac…Read more…

Ramp Closures Scheduled for New Columbia/Big Bay I-24 Interchange in Massac Co.

Ramp Closures Scheduled for New Columbia/Big Bay I-24 Interchange in Massac Co.

Massac Co. – Ramp closures will begin Tuesday at the New Columbia/Big Bay interchange on I-24 in Massac County, weather permitting, so bridge repairs can begin. According to IDOT,  the southbound exit ramp on the eastbound side and the northbound entrance ramp on the westbound side of I-24 will be closed. Work includes joint reconstruction, deck repairs, overlay…Read more…

MEA and Murphysboro School Board Ratify Tentative Agreement; Strike Over

MEA and Murphysboro School Board Ratify Tentative Agreement; Strike Over

Murphysboro – School is back in session in Murphysboro as the week-long teachers’ strike in Murphysboro is over. A tentative agreement was made between the Murphysboro Education Association and School Board last night, and parents were notified that students can come back to school today. In a post on the MEA Facebook page, the union…Read more…

Recreational Marijuana Sales OKed by Carbondale City Council Tuesday

Recreational Marijuana Sales OKed by Carbondale City Council Tuesday

Tuesday night’s Carbondale City Council board meeting resulted in the approval of recreational marijuana sales in the city by a vote of six to one. The ordinance begins Oct. 1, 2020, which includes rights to possess marijuana and build dispensaries within city limits. A two-percent sales tax was also approved by the council, and businesses selling…Read more…