Category Archives: Local News

Chester Water Department Announced Hydrant Flushing

Chester Water Department Announced Hydrant Flushing

Chester – The City of Chester Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants starting Monday, September 16th thru Friday, September 20th during the hours of 7AM to 3PM and then Monday, September 23rd thru Friday, September 27th during the hours of 7AM to 3PM. During this time you may experience water pressure fluctuation, possible water…Read more…

Inmate At Marion Federal Prison Sentenced After Filing False Bankruptcy Petitions Involving Prison Officials

Inmate At Marion Federal Prison Sentenced After Filing False Bankruptcy Petitions Involving Prison Officials

Marion – An inmate at the Marion Federal Penitentiary in southern Illinois will serve an additional 18 years in prison for filing fake bankruptcy petitions against prison officials. Federal prosecutors say Kurt F. Johnson filed involuntary bankruptcy petitions alleging Marion’s warden and another prison official owed the 56-year-old inmate $20 billion for a judgment the…Read more…

Search Continues for Missing Murphysboro Teen

Search Continues for Missing Murphysboro Teen

Jackson Co. – The Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help as the search continues for a Murphysboro teen who was reported missing last month. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, 17-year-old Jenna Keller was last seen at around 10:00 the night of August 17th. The release states that Keller was…Read more…

Public Meetings Being Held for Bridge Replacement Project

Public Meetings Being Held for Bridge Replacement Project

Paducah, KY (AP) – Kentucky transportation officials say two meetings will be held this month about the replacement of the U.S. 51 Ohio River bridge between the western Kentucky town of Wickliffe and Cairo, Illinois. A statement from the Kentucky Transportation Department says meetings will update the public on the project and gather comments to…Read more…

Benton Native Killed by IED in Iraq

Benton Native Killed by IED in Iraq

Iraq – A Benton man doing contract work in Iraq is dead following the explosion of an improvised explosive device yesterday. According to a release from the Swiss Foundation for Mine action, 31-year-old Brandon Pinson, who was employed by them was killed in an explosion near the village of Tel al-Shear in Iraq while defusing…Read more…

Centralia Man Charged Following Fatal Jet Ski Accident

Centralia Man Charged Following Fatal Jet Ski Accident

Franklin Co. – A Centralia man is awaiting his September 18th preliminary hearing on 3 felony charges in connection with the death of a Benton man while the two were riding a jet-ski over Labor Day weekend. 36-year-old Robert L. Hanselman is currently in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bond for 2 counts of operating…Read more…

McLeansboro to Smoke Test Sanitary Sewer System

McLeansboro to Smoke Test Sanitary Sewer System

McLeansboro – The City of McLeansboro will be smoke testing its sanitary sewer system Monday. This smoke test will help inspection crews find breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke you will see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is non-toxic, non-staining, had no odor, is white…Read more…

Officials Say Ticket Sales Up at Du Quoin State Fair

Officials Say Ticket Sales Up at Du Quoin State Fair

Du Quoin – The Du Quoin State Fair may have just ended, but it’s clear that the 2019 event was a major success. The 2019 Grandstand sold nearly 15,800 tickets this year, 26% higher than last year’s total of just over 12,500. Revenue from the grandstand entertainment also increased over 2018. Between the musical acts,…Read more…

SIU Carbondale Enrollment Reflects Increase in Retention

SIU Carbondale Enrollment Reflects Increase in Retention

SIU – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fall 2019 enrollment data shows a strong freshman class and an increase in the freshman to sophomore retention rate. Overall, total enrollment is 11,695, down 8.75 percent from fall 2018. The decline was less than anticipated thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff, according to Chancellor John…Read more…