Person Killed after Being Hit by Train Monday Night in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – A Canadian Northern freight train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday night in Carbondale. Carbondale Police say at 6 p.m., officers responded to the railroad crossing on Main Street in reference to an individual struck by a train. Officers determined the victim walked eastbound across the railroad tracks and the northbound train struck

Butler Named Franklin County State’s Attorney

BENTON – The Franklin County Board Friday afternoon named Phillip Butler as the county’s new State’s Attorney replacing newly appointed Second Judicial Circuit Judge Evan Owens. Owens’ last day was Friday. Butler has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the office under Owens. Butler was sworn into office by Judge Owens shortly after being

Former Mt. Vernon School Teacher Dies in Jet-ski Accident

BENTON – A former Mt. Vernon school teacher was killed in a jet-ski accident at Lake Benton Sunday afternoon. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is investigating, along with the Franklin County Coroner’s office, the death of 73-year-old Gary D. Graham of Benton. Initial reports from the IDNR state that two men were riding together on