Man Facing DUI Charge Following Monday Night Crash in Benton

BENTON – A Benton man is facing alcohol-related charges following a two-vehicle crash in Benton Monday night. Benton Police Chief Kyle Melvin says Benton Police and Fire, West City Police, Abbott EMS and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of South Main and Wastena Street at 7:45 p.m. Based on

Minor Gas Leak Monday Shuts Down Route 37 South of Benton

BENTON – A minor gas leak happened on Route 37 south of Benton Monday afternoon. Ameren Illinois spokesperson Brian Bretsch says a third-party contractor working for Ameren hit a 2-inch gas pipe around 3:30 p.m. Benton Fire was called to the scene and shut down the highway until Ameren crews could arrive to assess the

West Frankfort Man Facing Grooming Charge

BENTON – A West Frankfort man has been arrested for one count of grooming, a Class 4 felony. Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni says 55-year-old John J. Robinson of West Frankfort was arrested Tuesday after detectives got an arrest warrant for Robinson as well as a search warrant for his home. Robinson is being held

Committee Formed to Find Next Head of Southern Illinois University

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A 27-person committee has been formed to find the next president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. SIU has been without a president since Randy Dunn resigned in July amid controversy over improper hires. Dunn also came under fire for a proposed shift of funding between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. An executive


CHARLESTON — Bail was set Friday at $75,000 for a 17-year-old Mt. Vernon man charged in Coles County for shooting a Charleston man last month. Devin W. Jenkins faces an adult charge of aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the April 28 shooting that left a man injured during a fight in Charleston.


MT. VERNON – Summer is almost here and festivals will dot the map across Southern Illinois very soon. The festival season has already kicked off in downtown Mt. Vernon with the 1st Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival a few weeks ago, and there are many more festivals to come. The City of Mt. Vernon has