Benton Police Make Drug Arrest, Another for Domestic Battery

CHRISTOPHER/BENTON –  A Christopher man was arrested on a drug charge following a traffic stop for a traffic infraction near the 900 block of Fairland Street in Benton early Thursday morning. Police arrested 46-year-old Steven W. Wright for unlawful possession of methamphetamine subsequent to a vehicle search after Benton Police K9 Ranger alerted to the odor

Carbondale Police Investigating Construction Site Burglary

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a burglary that happened at a construction site in the 2500 block of East Walnut Street earlier this week. Police responded to the scene just after 7:30 Thursday morning and learned that an unknown suspect or suspects entered the construction site and stole property between 4 Wednesday afternoon and

Semi Overturns on I-57 South of Marion, Driver Not Injured

MARION – A semi driver from Dearborn, Michigan was involved in a single-vehicle crash around 2:30 Thursday morning on I-57 just south of Marion. Illinois State Police say the driver was going south on I-57 at mile post 52, when the semi drifted off the roadway into the median and overturned. The southbound lanes of

RMTD Offering Free Rides to Polling Places Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Need a lift to your polling place Tuesday? Rides Mass Transit District will be providing transportation to the polls for the Illinois primary election to all residents of the RMTD service area. Residents will be able to ride to the polls on regular existing routes throughout their county on Election Day at no

McLeansboro to Make Improvements to City Pool

McLEANSBORO – It looks like the city swimming pool in McLeansboro is going to get some improvements. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the council approved seeking bids for a new roof at the pool and making repairs to the pool prior to it opening in May.  Megan Woodrow and Krystal Kelly presented the 2018

Culver’s Coming to Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Another Culver’s franchise is heading to southern Illinois. The Carbondale City Council Tuesday night approved a site plan for construction of the restaurant at the intersection of Route 13 and Reed Station Road. That’s according to the Southern Illinoisan. Maria and Aaron Jones will own the franchise. They also own the Culver’s restaurant

Ava Man Dies in Tree Cutting Accident

AVA – An Ava man died in a tree cutting accident Tuesday afternoon. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the man’s wife contacted the sheriff’s office around 4:10 p.m. requesting a welfare check because she could not reach him by phone. The man was working outside around a saw mill. Deputies began searching the

Two Jackson County Women Sentenced for Vendor Fraud and Theft

SPRINGFIELD – Two Jackson County women have been convicted and sentenced in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid system. Illinois State Police and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office says 59-year-old Jeanie Akamanti of Carbondale pled guilty to one count of vendor fraud – a Class 1 felony – on March 1. She was sentenced to