Current Franklin County Courthouse to be Decommissioned Monday

BENTON — The 1875 Franklin County Courthouse will be decommissioned during a ceremony set for Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the courthouse on the Benton Square. Franklin County Board Chairman Randall Crocker…. A date for courthouse demolition has not been set, but Crocker says it will be sometime this summer. Once demolition is completed, construction of the…Read more…

Sections of S. 12th Street in Mt. Vernon to Close Next Week

MT. VERNON —  S. 12th Street in Mt. Vernon from Perkins to Veteran’s Memorial Drive will be closed from Monday at 8:15 a.m. to Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mt. Vernon City Manager Mary Ellen Bechtel says the closure is necessary due to ongoing water line work in the area. The work will shift on S.…Read more…

Educational Clearinghouse Council seeking area businesses to sponsor scholarships

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — The Greater Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Educational Clearinghouse Council to provide scholarships to area high school students. Bluford Schools Superintendent Shane Gordon is also the Vice President for the Educational Clearinghouse Council. He says the scholarships will be specific to the student’s future career aspirations. Each…Read more…

Illinois’ 12th U.S. House District Housing Authorities to Receive More Than $20 Million in Federal Grants

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — Some southern Illinois housing authorities will be receiving federal money for management improvements and the development, financing, and modernization of Public Housing properties. In a press release Thursday, Congressman Mike Bost’s office announced that over $20 million in grants will be awarded to housing authorities in Illinois’ 12th U.S. House District. Some…Read more…

FFA & Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day is almost here

MT. VERNON, IL — The 68th Annual FFA and Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day Breakfast is this Saturday, February 15th at the Rolland Lewis Building at Veteran’s Park in Mt. Vernon. Kiwanis President Jim Schurtz says the date of this year’s event is changed from the past. Board Member Glen Littrell gave a special thanks to some…Read more…

REPORTED BURGLARY IN HARRISBURG TUESDAY LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

HARRISBURG – Two people are facing burglary and theft charges in Harrisburg. According to a post on the Harrisburg Police Department’s Facebook page, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 200 block of South Granger Street Tuesday. The caller reported that he’d found an unknown man in his garage, and that the man…Read more…

USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ANNOUNCEMENT IN DAHLGREN FRIDAY

DAHLGREN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture State Director of Rural Development Douglas Wilson will make an important announcement regarding high-speed internet in Hamilton County tomorrow. Wilson will participate in a multi-million dollar Reconnect Pilot Program investment ceremony set for 11 a.m. at Hamilton County Telephone Co-op, located at 201 E. Route 142 in Dahlgren. According to…Read more…

MAN RECOVERING FOLLOWING EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH IN JACKSON COUNTY

GORHAM, IL — A Murphysboro man is recovering after being involved in a one-vehicle crash where his vehicle was submerged in water on Neunert Road just outside of Gorham early Thursday morning. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived around 4:45 a.m. to find a Jeep Wrangler on its top submerged in water. The driver,…Read more…

Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing During Arctic Air Tonight

MT. VERNON — Another blast of bitter winter cold is set to overtake southern Illinois tonight, and local officials are reminding residents to make sure the pipes in their home don’t freeze with the winter chill. Mt. Vernon Public Works Director Matt Fauss says there are multiple ways to keep your pipes from freezing, but…Read more…

Autopsy Concludes Ashley Man Found Dead in Home Was Victim of Homicide

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Tuesday autopsy in O’Fallon has concluded that a 71-year-old Ashley man found dead in his home Sunday was the victim of a homicide. Washington County authorities have identified the man as David Woodrome. A friend reportedly found Woodrome dead Sunday afternoon in his home in the 300 block of East White Street in Ashley. The friend had…Read more…