Rides Mass Transit to Hold Listening Session in McLeansboro

MCLEANSBORO – The Rides Mass Transit District will host a listening session on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton County Housing Authority in McLeansboro.  It’s located at 500 S. Marshall Ave. #42. Jeffrey Drake, Rides public relations and marketing coordinator, says at the listening session, you will be given an opportunity to

‘Stuff the Truck’ Set for Saturday in Franklin County

BENTON – The Franklin County 2017 Thanksgiving Stuff the Truck event is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Franklin County Emergency Services will be collecting non perishable foods, new toys and winter clothing to help make the holiday season brighter for the families within Franklin County. There will be personnel at the

Du Quoin Man Charged with Sexual Abuse in Franklin County

BENTON – An investigation into reported sexual abuse over the weekend in Franklin County has lead to the arrest of a Du Quoin man. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says 39-year-old Toby E. Dearmond is being held in the Franklin County Jail on two counts of criminal sexual abuse. Both are Class 4 felonies. Jones

White Awards 2018 Project Next Generation Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Public libraries in Carbondale, Centralia and Harrisburg are among 25 public libraries across the state that will get a share of more than $340,000 in 2018 Project Next Generation grants from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jessie White. White created the program, which is the first statewide mentoring program to be administered

Severin Honors Orient for its 100th Birthday

ORIENT – State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) Monday night presented a House Certificate to Orient city officials honoring the city’s 100th birthday. Severin presented the certificate to Orient’s Mayor Pete Witkewiz at City Hall prior to the City Council’s monthly meeting. Severin says it’s incredible to think that Orient is celebrating its 100th birthday. Severin

Sex Offender on the Run in Johnson County

GOREVILLE – Illinois State Police in Ullin are looking for a man who fled on foot from a traffic stop on I-24 at milepost 7 in Johnson County. According to a ISP news release, 30-year-old Michael A. Lafond was last seen on Tunnel Hill Road at Deer Ridge Road wearing a light gray t-shirt, gray

Shimkus to Hold Office Hours in McLeansboro

MCLEANSBORO – Congressman John Shimkus will hold office hours in McLeansboro on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McLeansboro City Hall. A member of Shimkus’ staff will be available to speak with you and handle any issue you may have regarding the congressman’s office or the federal government. If you can’t

Carpenter Named Carbondale Boys & Girls Club Executive Director

CARBONDALE – The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale has a new executive director. BGCC Board of Directors President Regina Glover says following a national search, Tina Carpenter was named to replace Randy Osborne. Carpenter, who has been with the organization for seven years and is presently the director of operations, will begin her new

Firewood Cutting Opportunity at Rend Lake

REND LAKE – Need some firewood? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will let you get a permit at no charge to cut downed trees in the North Sandusky Campground for firewood. Commercial use or resale is prohibited. The Corps says the timeframe for the firewood cutting season is Nov. 20 through March 2 of