Author Archives: Withers Staff

Job Search Party Returning to Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON — Withers Broadcasting, Rend Lake College and WSIL-TV announce the return of the annual Job Search Party to Mt. Vernon. Job seekers are invited to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mt. Vernon on Tuesday, May 18, from 3 until 6 pm. The free event will bring potential employees in front of a variety…Read more…

Defendant fit to stand trial in murder of Salem woman

MURPHYSBORO — Despite constant disruptions during a mental fitness hearing Wednesday in Jackson County Court, a 28-year-old man accused of the 2016 murder of former Salem resident Robin Stief, was declared fit to stand trial. Robert Dennis was ultimately removed from the courtroom Wednesday after becoming loud and uncooperative and at one point walking out…Read more…

Benton to see water rate increase

BENTON — There will be a water rate increase in Benton starting in July. At Monday night’s Benton City Council meeting, the Council approved increasing water rates by a flat $1, equating to a $12 per year increase for every water customer. City Clerk Brook Craig says Rend Lake has raised their rates and therefore the…Read more…

Code violations shutter Centralia motel

CENTRALIA — Residents of the Home Motel in Centralia have a few days to find other living arrangements. According to Gayla Harting, Community Development/Planning & Zoning Director for the City of Centralia, the establishment will be closed Tuesday due to numerous code violations that have rendered it uninhabitable. Harting says after several issues over the…Read more…

SSM Health St. Mary Hospital receives “A” grade from national watchdog

CENTRALIA — A Centralia hospital received an “A” grade in the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital received the national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting its patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. “An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah…Read more…

Closings, Cancellations, and Delays for Friday, February 19, 2021

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Friday, February 19, 2021 Last updated: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:04 pm CT Schools: Anna-Jonesboro High school – Closed through Friday [Remote Learning Days] Benton Grade School Dist 47 – Closed through Friday [Remote Learning Days] Cairo Schools – Closed all week [Remote…Read more…

Closings, Cancellations, and Delays for Thursday, February 18, 2021

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Thursday, February 18, 2021 Last updated: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:10 am CT Schools: Akin Grade School – Closed Anna-Jonesboro High school – Closed through Friday [Remote Learning Days] Ashley Grade School – Closed Benton Grade School Dist 47 – Closed through Friday…Read more…

Closings, Cancellations, and Delays for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Last updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:30am CT Schools: Ashley Grade School – Closed Akin Grade School – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Anna-Jonesboro – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Ashley Grade School – Closed Benton Grade School Dist 47 –…Read more…

Closings, Cancellations, and Delays information for Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Last updated: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:35am CT Schools: Anna-Jonesboro High School – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Ashley Grade School – Closed Benton Grade School District – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Benton High School – Closed [Remote Learning Day]…Read more…

James Daniel Coats

James Daniel Coats

James Daniel Coats, age 51, of Des Peres, MO, passed away of natural causes on January 13, 2021. He was born in Mt. Vernon, IL on January 29, 1969 to Robert Gene and Eleanor Ruth (Johnson) Coats. Jim grew up in Mt. Vernon and was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. A class of…Read more…