New Franklin County Board Members to Be Sworn In Today

BENTON – The Franklin County Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon at 4 to swear in the elected County Board members into office and an organizational meeting to elect a Chairman/Vice-Chairman of the Franklin County Board. The regular Finance Committee meeting will follow. The meeting will be held in the County Board Road

Johnston City Man Sentenced in Meth Conspiracy

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Johnston City man has been sentenced to just over 16 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy. According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft, 38-year-old Jackie C. Buckner previously pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute

Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade Detours and Closures

CARBONDALE – The 28th annual Lights Fantastic Parade returns to downtown Carbondale on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. on South Illinois Avenue at Mill Street and will travel north on Illinois Avenue and around the Town Square on Jackson and Washington streets to Main Street where it ends. Roads

Ex-Southern Illinois Housing Exec Agrees to $500K Penalty

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — Court documents say the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority must pay a $500,000 penalty for wrongly using agency money for personal expenses. The penalty is part of a settlement between former Alexander County Housing Authority executive director James Wilson and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Severin Shares Thoughts on Recent Veto Session

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House and Senate closed out the fall veto session this week, considering over 130 bills and resolutions.   Following adjournment 117th District State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) said he learned a lot during his first veto session and wanted to take a minute to thank all of those who have helped him

Homicide Investigation Begins into Marion Infant’s Death

MARION – Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says the investigation into the recent death of a Marion infant is still ongoing and is being treated as a homicide investigation. Zanotti said in a press release Thursday that the State’s Attorney’s office is awaiting investigation reports, evidence processing and medical records including pathology and autopsy