Mt. Vernon Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Vehicle

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police were called out to the 1000 block of South 24th Street around 11:50 Sunday morning after getting a report from a woman saying her vehicle was missing from her home. After further investigation, the vehicle was found near the corner of 4th and Casey and the suspect, 25-year-old Jonathan

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested after Domestic Incident

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man was arrested and charged shortly after 2 Sunday morning after Mt. Vernon Police responded to a report from a woman who said she had been allegedly beaten by her boyfriend. Police say the woman who made the request had left the scene of the call with her boyfriend

Franklin County ROE Office Moves to New County Annex

BENTON – The Regional Office of Education office in Franklin County has moved to the new County Annex building, located at 901 Public Square in Benton. It was formerly located in the old County Annex building on West Main. Regional Superintendent Matt Donkin says the Franklin County office will be open 8 to 4 weekdays

Benton Woman Recovering Following Monday House Fire

BENTON – A Benton woman is recovering from injuries she suffered in a house fire around 9 Monday morning at 502 N. McLeansboro St. in Benton. Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum says when firefighters arrived; they found heavy smoke coming from the eaves on all four sides of the home. Firefighters found the woman semi

Benton City Council Meets Tonight

BENTON – The Benton City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. The council is set to discuss and possibly approve ordinances making South Main from East Church to the Benton Square on the east side of the road and South Maple from West Main to the alley on the west side No

Durbin Calls for Findings from Cairo Public Housing Probe

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says federal authorities should release findings of a probe into problems with southern Illinois housing developments. The Southern Illinoisan reports Durbin held a public town hall Friday in Cairo and met privately with city and housing officials. He says the Housing and Urban Development has had enough time to investigate.

House Fire Reported Sunday on Gossett Street in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – Firefighters from West Frankfort, Benton, Zeigler and Ewing were called out to a fire on Gossett Street in West Frankfort around 1:20 Sunday afternoon after getting reports of a loud explosion and house fire. After arriving on scene, firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly, but the house is considered

Benton to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Electric Aggregation Program

BENTON – A town hall meeting regarding Benton’s electric municipal aggregation program will be held Monday night at 5 at City Hall. Reg Ankrom with SIMEC LLC, an energy consultant company widely used in North America, will be able answer your questions about the aggregation program. Letters were recently sent to city residents explaining that