Dobbins Named Johnston City Interim Mayor

JOHNSTON CITY – Johnston City has appointed an interim mayor following the passing of Mayor Jim Mitchell earlier this week. At a meeting Thursday night, the city council voted city alderman Doug Dobbins in to take on the final two years of the term. Dobbins will need to decide on vacating his spot as alderman

Illinois Secretary of State White Awards School Library Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded over $1.3 million in library grant awards to 694 public school districts. Appropriations approved by the General Assembly and the Governor awarded school library grants based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750. More than 1.6 million

Prescription Drug Take Back Event Set for Jan. 18 in Benton

BENTON – The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps and RSVP of Southern Illinois are partnering with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office to host a Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on East Main in Benton. You will be able to turn

Wednesday House Fire in Union County Under Investigation

UNION COUNTY – A Union County home is badly damaged after a fire Wednesday morning. According to a release from the Ware-Wolf Lake Fire Department, fire crews were called out to a home on Route 3 shortly before 7 a.m. after the fire chief, who was headed into work, noticed smoke coming from the home.

Fresh Fitness Returns to Carbondale’s Winter Farmer’s Market

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale, Carbondale Park District and SIU Rec Center are excited to announce Fresh Fitness will return to Carbondale Community High School this winter. The group fitness classes will be held every Saturday from January 5 through March 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. during the Winter Farmer’s Market. Southern Illinois