Murphysboro Police Looking for Dog Thief

MURPHYSBORO – First Marion and Du Quoin, and now Murphysboro is dealing with a dog thief.  Murphysboro Police are looking for the driver of a white Chevy van with no markings that residents have spotted trying to steal dogs on the south side of town. In one case, a pet owner actually stopped the man

Durbin Calls for Findings from Cairo Public Housing Probe

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says federal authorities should release findings of a probe into problems with southern Illinois housing developments. The Southern Illinoisan reports Durbin held a public town hall Friday in Cairo and met privately with city and housing officials. He says the Housing and Urban Development has had enough time to investigate.

Coin Flip Decides New Colp Village President

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A coin flip has decided who will lead a tiny southern Illinois town after an election this month ended in a tie. Tammy O’Daniell-Howell is the new village president of Colp, home to about 250 residents, after the coin toss Thursday. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says opponent Bryan Riekena let

HUD Working to Move Cairo Families

CAIRO –  Federal housing officials are trying to set appointments with families who’ll soon be leaving Cairo. HUD said Wednesday it has a relocation official in Cairo and ready to help nearly 200 families move out of a pair of decrepit public housing complexes. Many of the families are furious, but HUD said the homes

Mound City Man Heading to Prison for Drug Trafficking

MURPHYSBORO – A Mound City man has been sentenced to four years in prison in Jackson County for a drug trafficking scheme with his brother. Twenty-eight-year-old Jerrel Stockstill, and his brother Jamode, were pulled over by Carbondale Police back in July. Police found a duffle bag of marijuana that Jamode had smuggled onto an Amtrak

Bluford Man Gets Time Served on Williamson County Drug Charge

MARION – A 24-year-old Bluford man has been sentenced to time served in Williamson County on a felony drug charge and returned to await prosecution in Wayne County before staring a 12-year prison sentence for a felony DUI conviction in Jefferson County. In December, Robert T. Hayes was arrested in Williamson County and charged with

Teen Retailer rue21 Closing 400 Stores, Area Stores Affected

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business. The privately held company is shuttering nearly 400 stores, leaving it more than 700 stores in 48 states. Stores in Mt. Vernon’s Time Square Mall, Centralia’s Fairview Park Plaza and Effingham’s