Benton Institutes Out-Of-Town Surcharge on Water Bills

BENTON – The city of Benton recently shared on its website with Benton Water customers who live outside the city limits that they may have noticed an additional charge on their bill this month. According to the press release, it said the $3 surcharge was recently implemented by the City Council to pay for future…Read more…

McLeansboro Woman in Custoday After Vehicle Theft Thursday in Rural Benton

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A McLeansboro woman was arrested for felony theft after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies received a report Thursday morning of a vehicle theft that had happened in rural Benton. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says the investigation led to the recovery of a 2002 Dodge pickup truck and the arrest of 39-year-old Elizabeth…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 9-25-18

MT. VERNON — On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX News: 25-year-old Dylan Kellerman of Carlyle was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Monday for aggravated battery of a nurse. 22-year-old Tyreque Campbell of Mt. Vernon was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Monday for driving on a revoked license. 39-year-old…Read more…

Governor Rauner Makes Campaign Stop in Southern Illinois Monday

MT. VERNON — Governor Bruce Rauner made a campaign stop in southern Illinois Monday afternoon, visiting the Magnum Steel Works plant in Mt. Vernon and talking about the importance of bringing and keeping skilled works in the state. Rauner says the success of small manufacturing businesses is essential for Illinois. Rauner told workers that taxes…Read more…

DuQuoin State Fair Attendance Numbers Down Eight Percent From Last Year

DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Officials say attendance at the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois dropped by 8 percent from last year. Organizers say the 11-day fair attracted about 100,800 before it wrapped up on Labor Day. The attendance decline was about the same as last month’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield that…Read more…

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING CENTRALIA WOMAN’S EARLY MORNING SHOOTING DEATH

CENTRALIA — Centralia police are investigating an early Saturday morning homicide. Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says Centralia police summoned him to a home on Anderson Street where a 44-year-old Centralia woman was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Cannon says, Precious Jones, is the apparent victim of a homicide. He pronounced Jones dead at…Read more…

Construction worker death in Centralia ruled caused by electrocution

CENTRALIA — Autopsy results on a 32-year-old construction worker found dead Thursday at Centralia Junior High confirms electrocution as the cause of his death. Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says preliminary autopsy results show Matt Smith, of Tilden, are consistent with high amperage electrocution. The autopsy was completed Friday in Champaign and according to Cannon…Read more…

Remains found in Jefferson County last December confirmed to be human

CENTRALIA — A new development is possible in the 2010 disappearance of a Woodstock, Illinois woman last reportedly seen boarding an Amtrak train in Centralia. Remains found last December in a fire pit in rural Jefferson County were sent to the University of Indianapolis for analysis, and now Illinois State Police have confirmed what was…Read more…

Ramey files to withdraw guilty plea in Stauffenberg murder

RICHLAND COUNTY — A 54-year-old Olney man serving time for raping an 8-year-old girl who was later found dead has been given permission by the Richland County court to file to withdraw his guilty plea in the case. Glen Ramey pleaded guilty earlier this year to predatory criminal sexual assault of Sabrina Stauffenberg in exchange…Read more…

Madigan: Combatting Sexual Harrasment Has Become “Personal Mission”, Says He Wishes He’d Acted Sooner

CHICAGO — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a “personal mission” but he wishes he’d acted sooner to “correct past mistakes.” The Chicago Democrat spoke out Thursday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed . A string of Democratic lawmakers and workers in Madigan’s political and government organizations have…Read more…