Williams Loses Battle Against Rare Childhood Brain Cancer

MACEDONIA – A Macedonia girl lost her battle against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a very aggressive and rare childhood brain cancer that strikes young children. It has no cure and the survival rate is low. Makanda Williams spent the last year of her life fighting DIPG and passed away on Saturday at her home in

‘Yodeling Boy’ Mason Ramsey Gets Record Deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy whose yodeling at an Illinois Walmart started a wave of attention has signed a record deal. Mason Ramsey signed with Atlantic Records and Nashville-based Big Loud Records. The Tennessean reports he’s also released his debut single, “Famous.” The song was written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and

HUD Gives Families in Cairo Public Housing Deadline to Move

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — Federal housing officials have informed about 40 families that they have until June 30 to move from two southern Illinois public housing complexes that are scheduled to be demolished. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Housing and Urban Development authorities told the Cairo residents that after June 30 they could face eviction

Two Shootings Under Investigation in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a shooting that happened shortly after midnight Saturday at the intersection of East Chestnut Street and North Robert Stalls Avenue. When police arrived, they met with a victim who had possible life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a St. Louis area hospital. The victim is not being

Victim Dies after Being Hit by Train in Carbondale Sunday

CARBONDALE -Carbondale and SIU Police are currently involved in a death investigation after a northbound freight train hit a person killing them just before 4:30 Sunday morning at the overpass on East Pleasant Hill Road. The victim was walking in the area of the train tracks when the train struck them. This area is not

Severin Co-Sponsors Blue Collar Jobs Act

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) Thursday joined with labor and business leaders and legislative colleagues to introduce House Bill 5864, the Blue Collar Jobs Act, to incentivize construction projects in the state of Illinois and create jobs for the middle class. “This bill is good for southern Illinois and good for my district

Carbondale to Celebrate National Bike Month

CARBONDALE – May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, the City of Carbondale is teaming up with several area businesses and organizations to host a variety of events. The goal is to promote the many benefits of bicycling throughout the community. Activities include group bike rides, safety checks, repair workshops and more. Bike Month festivities

Road Work to Close Portion of IL 148 in Williamson County

MARION – Illinois 148 at the intersection of Grand/McCree Road to just north of the intersection will be closed starting Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. so a culvert can be replaced. The closure is expected to last until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8 weather permitting. That’s according to IDOT. Message boards will be