Fowler’s Hardin County Legislation Receives Unanimous Senate Support

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) to transfer property ownership of the Hardin County Work Camp to Hardin County passed the Senate on November 15. “Sponsoring this legislation was about beginning the process of empowering Hardin County and the surrounding communities to bring jobs and opportunities to the region,” said Senator

Prosecutors Drop Charges against Man in SIU Student’s Death

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune of Eldorado in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese. Jackson Circuit Court Judge Mark Clarke

Special Prosecutor in Bethune Case Calls for Dismissal

MURPHYSBORO – A special prosecutor in the Gaege Bethune case has called for the case to be dismissed. According to a news release from Special Prosecutor David Robinson, he has filed a motion to no longer prosecute Bethune in connection with the 2014 death of SIU student Pravin Varughese. Earlier this year a jury found

Swearing In Set for Franklin County’s New Sheriff, Treasurer

BENTON – Franklin County’s newly elected sheriff and treasurer will be sworn into office later this month. Franklin County Clerk Greg Woolard tells us Sheriff-elect David Bartoni and Treasurer-elect Steve Vercellino will be sworn in on Friday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse in Benton. Bartoni, a Republican, defeated Democrat incumbent

Early Winter Storm Is Heading Our Way

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – It may be fall, but an early season winter storm is expected to hit our area late today into tomorrow. The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued Winter Storm Warning that will be in effect from 3 this afternoon until 6 tomorrow night. Counties in the Winter Storm Warning include Franklin,

Frankfort CUSD 168 Board of Education to Hold Special Meeting Tonight

WEST FRANKFORT – The Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 5 in the Central Junior High School library regarding student disciplinary cases and to consider personnel issues involving employment of various staff positions. The hearings will be held in closed session.

Three Local Projects to Receive Governor’s Hometown Award Thursday

SPRINGFIELD – Three local communities will be among 23 from across the state that the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Commission will honor at this year’s Governor’s Hometown Awards program Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. This program gives former recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life