Category Archives: Local News

Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

MT. VERNON – A 42-year-old Granite City man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail following a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night that ended on Interstate 57. Bobby Smith was reportedly traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 at more than 101 miles per hour near the 61 mile marker in a vehicle that was reported by OnStar as…Read more…

Accidental Death in Lake of Egypt Neighborhood Under Investigation

Accidental Death in Lake of Egypt Neighborhood Under Investigation

LAKE OF EGYPT – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent accidental death that happened Wednesday afternoon in a Lake of Egypt neighborhood. Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said around 1:45 p.m., Williamson County deputies and the Lake of Egypt Fire Department were dispatched to what was initially thought to be a vehicle fire with…Read more…

Wabash Communications Receives $13 Million to Expand Services

Wabash Communications Receives $13 Million to Expand Services

LOUISVILLE – Wabash Communications was awarded nearly $13 million Wednesday to expand broadband internet services to rural areas of Jefferson and Wayne County. The grant/loan combination award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to install almost 300 miles of fiber internet lines in northeastern Jefferson and western Wayne Counties. Among those in…Read more…

Tower Square Christmas Event Coming Dec. 14-15 in Marion

Tower Square Christmas Event Coming Dec. 14-15 in Marion

MARION – The City of Marion will host a downtown Christmas event around Tower Square on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Cody Moake, Mayor Mike Absher’s chief of staff, said the upcoming activities should help create a “great event.”   The ice skating fee is $10…Read more…

Dahlgren Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Reckless Driving

Dahlgren Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Reckless Driving

MCLEANSBORO – A Dahlgren man will face multiple charges after Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to Illinois 14 west of McLeansboro for a report of a reckless driver traveling east towards McLeansboro around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Hamilton County Sheriff Tracy Lakin said deputies intercepted the vehicle driven by 56-year-old Alan Rubenacker near the intersection of…Read more…

Carmi Man Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash with Deer

Carmi Man Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash with Deer

ELDORADO – A Carmi man was in a crash involving his motorcycle and a deer early Wednesday morning in Saline County. According to Illinois State Police, 40-year-old John McKay was traveling north on US 45, a quarter mile north of Eldorado, when a deer entered the roadway around 12:40 a.m. McKay was unable to avoid striking the…Read more…

SIU to Vote on New System President Thursday, Would Begin Next March

SIU to Vote on New System President Thursday, Would Begin Next March

CARBONDALE – An upcoming vote on Thursday will determine the appointment of a new President for the Southern Illinois University system. According to a release from SIU, the Board of Trustees will meet Thursday with Daniel Mahony, who was selected following a national search advised by comittees representing both the Carbondale and Edwardsville branches, as…Read more…

Campbell Building Construction Advances, Offices to Move by Late January

Campbell Building Construction Advances, Offices to Move by Late January

BENTON – The Franklin County Board was updated about the construction at the Campbell Building on the Benton Square at Monday night’s meeting. Offices are currently under construction for the County Clerk, County Treasurer and Circuit Clerk, as well as courtrooms. Once the new courthouse is completed, the Circuit Clerk and the courts will move back with…Read more…

Two Sentenced on Various Charges in White County Court Monday

Two Sentenced on Various Charges in White County Court Monday

CARMI – Two individuals were sentenced in White County Court to state prison on various charges Monday. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud said 57-year-old Ladonna Cissna of Harrisburg received three years in state prison with one year of mandatory supervised release for possession of methamphetamine and an additional three years with one year of mandatory…Read more…

Plans to Demolish Former Benton Evening News Building Advancing

Plans to Demolish Former Benton Evening News Building Advancing

BENTON – The Franklin County Board received an update regarding plans to demolish the former Benton Evening News building at Monday Night’s meeting. County Board Chairman Randall Crocker said work has progressed on the demolition to prepare for a new parking lot to ease parking in downtown Benton, particularly when construction begins next year on the new…Read more…