Franklin County Preparing for Monday’s Solar Eclipse

BENTON – We’re just a few days away from the Great American Eclipse. While everyone across the country will see at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting, southern Illinois will get to see a total eclipse Monday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be in our area for the event. To get you

Humphries Found Fit to Stand Trial

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man facing robbery and hijacking charges was found to be mentally fit to stand trial in Jefferson County Court on Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Humphries allegedly stole a vehicle on March 7 by use and threat of force with a firearm. Humphries also allegedly stole a cellular device and candy.

Benton’s New Fire Truck to Arrive Later This Month

BENTON – Benton’s new fire truck is set to arrive around Aug. 30. That was announced during Monday’s night Benton City Council meeting. The truck was approved about a year ago and is coming from Smeal Fire Apparatus out of Omaha, NE. This new truck will replace the current ladder truck that is 30 years

Benton Police Report for Aug. 11-12

BENTON – A Benton woman is facing a retail theft charge after Benton Police officers were sent to 1642 N. Main St. in reference to a retail theft Saturday. Police say 30-year-old Danielle M. McCain was arrested, charged and taken to the Franklin County Jail. Also on Saturday, a Briadwood, Illinois man was arrested for

JFPD, MVFD Hazmat Respond to Fuel Leak on Interstate 64

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Fire Protection District and Mt. Vernon Fire Department Hazmat Team responded to an incident on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County just before midnight Monday evening. A fuel leak from a semi was reported near the eastbound rest area around milepost 85. Both crews were able to clean up the scene