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Franklin County Sheriff Promotes Two Officers

BENTON – Two Franklin County Sheriff’s Office officers have been promoted. According to Sheriff Kyle Bacon, Correctional Officer Marie Johnson has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Johnson has worked in the sheriff’s office for 17 years and will serve as an Administrative Lieutenant within the jail facility. Deputy Jared Anthis has been

City of Carbondale Highlights and Successes of 2022

CARBONDALE – In 2022, the City of Carbondale made significant progress toward its goals outlined in the City’s Vision 2025. Guided by these goals, and with the support and leadership of the Carbondale City Council, City staff have made strategic decisions to strengthen the local economy, improve infrastructure, revitalize the downtown, and establish processes to address

Franklin County Sheriff’s Report

BENTON – The following information was released by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. 12-19-22 Sean N. Pitchers, age 54, of Johnston City was arrested for driving while license suspended. Pitchers also had a failure to appear warrant for driving while license suspended.12-19-22 Dixie L. May, age 29, of Marion was

Herrin Police Report

HERRIN – The following information was released by the Herrin Police Department on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Jeffrey L. Umdenstock Age 53From: Herrin, ILArrested on 12-13-22 for aggravated assault. Annie Nguyen Age 31From: Herrin, ILArrested 12-13-22 on a warrant. Aleasha R. Stanley Age 38From: West Frankfort, ILArrested on 12-13-22 for theft. Invy R. Buckner Age

Friday Fire Destroys Rural Dix Home

DIX – A wood stove or possibly kerosene heaters are being blamed for a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a rural Dix home. As Jefferson Fire firefighters arrived at the home on Snap Dragon Lane east of Dix, they found the structure fully involved in flames and starting to collapse. The homeowner reportedly told firefighters

Repurpose Your Christmas Tree for Another Life of Service

BENTON – Repurpose your live Christmas tree by donating it to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake. All donated trees will be bundled together, weighted, and placed in the lake to create underwater fish structures. The tree bundles serve as feeding areas for fish of all sizes, a safe refuge for small

ISP Investigating Fatal Christmas Day Stabbing in Christopher

CHRISTOPHER – Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents are investigating a fatal stabbing at a home in Christopher at the request of the Christopher Police Department.  The incident happened on Christmas Day at 4:30 p.m. in the 200 block of West 15th Street in Christopher.  Preliminary information indicates that Christopher Police