Blue Named Marion City Commissioner

MARION – Former Williamson County Coroner Monty Blue was chosen to replace Anthony Rinella as a commissioner on the Marion City Council during a special meeting Monday night. Rinella’s seat became vacant when he became mayor last week due to the retirement of long-time Mayor Bob Butler. Blue was one of six people interested in

Morthland College Could Lose License to Operate

SPRINGFIELD – During a special meeting Tuesday, The Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to appoint a hearing officer to oversee the possible revocation of Morthland College’s authority to operate and grant degrees. That’s according to the Southern Illinoisan. IBHE conducted a review of the West Frankfort-based school in September and compiled its information

Two Southern Illinois Newspapers Ceasing Operations

MCLEANSBORO/MT. VERNON – The McLeansboro Times-Leader and Mt. Vernon Register-News newspapers are shutting down. According to a story on the Times-Leader website, the papers owner – CNHI, LLC – announced Tuesday both papers are closing because they could not overcome local economic challenges. The Times-Leader will publish for the last time Thursday. The Register-News printed

Marion Man Heading Off to Prison for Meth Violations

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Marion man was sentenced Monday in federal court for methamphetamine violations. Court records show 36-year-old Shaundale J. “Shug” Johnson, who had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 204 months in prison and eight years of supervised release. He was also fined $400. 

Early Voting for March Primary Begins Thursday

BENTON – Early voting for the March 20th Primary begins Thursday and runs through Monday, March 19. If you want to vote early in Franklin County, you may do so Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Election Office, located in the Franklin County Annex Building on the Benton Square. The

Juvenile Arrested after Making Vague Post on Social Media

DU QUOIN – Du Quoin Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for disorderly conduct – a Class 4 felony – after police were notified about a post on social media Sunday morning. The juvenile was lodged in a juvenile detention center. Police continue to investigate. Officials say the social media post was vague and referred to

Carbondale Man Found Safe after Walking Away from Home Monday

CARBONDALE – A Carbondale man was found by Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies early Tuesday morning after the man walked away from his home Monday afternoon.   The sheriff’s office learned that 31-year-old John H. Evans had left home after his mother, Tamara Townley, called authorities around 6:40 p.m. Evans helped his mother carry in groceries