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Presidents of Southern Illinois Community Colleges Speak Out, Unified on COVID-19 Mandates

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Presidents of southern Illinois community colleges have released a group statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and say they are working hard to develop and operationalize mitigation protocols at their various campuses. Presidents from Kaskaskia, Rend Lake, John A. Logan, and Southeastern Illinois wrote the joint statement addressing recent decisions by the Governor

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested on Cocaine Charge

MT. VERNON – A 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested over the weekend on a warrant charging him with delivery of cocaine. Lamar Williams Junior was arrested Saturday by Mt. Vernon Police. He was formally charged Monday in Jefferson County Court with Class 1 felony delivery of between 1 and 15 grams of cocaine. Williams

Franklin County Sheriff’s Report

BENTON – The following information was released by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. 9-8-21 Gary D. Key Jr. age 40 of Mulkeytown was ticketed for speeding.9-9-21 James T. Boguskie age 27 of Zeigler was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving while license suspended.9-9-21 Benjamin

Fire Hydrant Flushing Happening in Carmi

CARMI – Fire hydrant flushing is underway in Carmi. Flushing will occur nightly Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 a.m. The process should take six weeks. During those times, customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. The City of Carmi apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Construction Continues This Week on Main Street in Carmi

CARMI – IDOT has informed the City of Carmi that construction will continue on Main Street this week, weather permitting.  Construction will continue to be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with traffic control starting at 6 p.m. Please do not park on Main Street during this time.

Marion Announces Community-wide Donation Drive for Hurricane Ida

MARION – May 29, 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of the deadly F-4 tornado that ripped through Marion. To that end, Mayor Mike Absher states, “As a community, we have the opportunity to pay forward the support we received by donating directly to a community recovering from Hurricane Ida.”    The City identified a parish

Zeigler Man Heading to Prison on Two Separate Charges

BENTON – A Zeigler man was sentenced Friday in Franklin County on two separate charges. According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, 27-year-old Aron D. Luton was sentenced to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a two year period of mandatory supervised release for Attempting to Disarm a Peace Officer,

Carbondale Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge

CARBONDALE – A Carbondale man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. According to Carbondale Police, on Sept. 3 officers became aware of an accusation of animal cruelty that was alleged to have ended in the death of a dog in the 1100 block of East Walnut in June of this year. Officers initiated