Temporary Area Closings during Deer Seasons at Rend Lake

BENTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake reminds visitors that the following recreation areas will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic during the first firearm deer season. Dates for the closures are Nov. 16-18, 2018.  Areas affected by the closure include the North Sandusky picnic area and campground; South

Elevated Levels of Lead Found in Rend Lake Drinking Water

BENTON – Recent drinking water quality monitoring conducted by Rend Lake Intercity Water System, State Water system ID# IL0555100, has found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some of the homes that are direct customers of the system.  Each city and water district conducts their own water quality sampling and reporting. No city

Voters Choose New Sheriffs, Other Officeholders in Contested Franklin, Hamilton County Races Tuesday

BENTON/MCLEANSBORO – There will be some new faces in Franklin and Hamilton County governments in the new year. Voters in Franklin County Tuesday elected Republican David Bartoni to be sheriff beating incumbent Democrat Don Jones. Republican Steve “Verse” Vercellino was elected Franklin County Treasurer beating incumbent Democrat Keith Jones. Republican J. Larry Miller and Democrat

Election Day 2018 is Finally Here, Polls Open until 7 Tonight

BENTON – It’s Election Day in Illinois. Voters across the state will be heading to their polling place to cast their vote for Governor and Lt. Governor, along with Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer. It seems everyone will have their eyes on the Governor’s race as Democrat Billionaire J.B. Pritzker is looking

Historic Fort to Be Rebuilt at Illinois’ Oldest State Park

  METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ oldest state park has received $2.8 million to rebuild a historic fort overlooking the Ohio River.The Southern Illinoisan reports the Illinois Department of Natural Resources funding also will be used to build a new shower facility at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis. The first fort at the site

Family Evacuated Due to Gas Leak Saturday in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – A broken natural gas line led to a Mt. Vernon family being evacuated from their home late Saturday afternoon. Mt. Vernon firefighters responded just after 4:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of South 14th Street after receiving a report of a gas line being ruptured during the demolition of a wall at

Centralia Police Arrest Sesser Man for Sex Offense

CENTRALIA – A 44-year-old Sesser man has been released without charge from the Marion County Jail, after he was arrested over the weekend for an alleged sex offense. Barron Kane Taylor was arrested by Centralia Police for alleged criminal sexual abuse. According to Centralia Police, they were notified when a 17-year-old female fled her home