Marion Man Charged with Drug and Gun Offenses

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Marion man has been charged by indictment in federal court with unlawful distribution of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to court records, the two-count indictment alleges that 39-year-old Randall L. Walker, who is also known as “Pork Chop” and “Chop,” committed the offenses last

Construction Continues at Bluford School

BLUFORD – Bluford Schools are continuing their huge construction project to add a high school wing to their current elementary school. District Superintendent Shane Gordon says the 35,000 square foot addition will have six new classrooms, office space, a gymnasium and more. Gordon says while construction crews have powered through weather hurdles to date, those

‘Christmas Candyland’ Takes Place Friday Night in McLeansboro

MCLEANSBORO – McLeansboro will hold its Christmas Parade entitled “Christmas Candyland” Friday night. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and ends with “Christmas on the Square,” where several organizations have joined to provide “Christmas workshops” in the courthouse where children can shop for free presents for their parents and get pictures taken with Santa and

Fowler Appointed to Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee

HARRISBURG – On Dec. 3, it was announced that State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) would be joining Governor-elect Pritzker’s Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee, representing Southern Illinois as a new administration prepares for the upcoming General Assembly. Senator Fowler issued the following statement following the announcement: “It is a privilege to be a voice

Hurst Man Sentenced for Probation Violation

MARION – A 22-year-old Hurst man was sentenced Friday in Williamson County to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a probation violation. Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says the case stems from a 2015 charge where Gage M. McKnight was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.