Road Rehab Work Begins Tuesday on I-57 South of Marion

MARION – You can expect lane closures on I-57 south of Marion starting Tuesday morning for roadway rehabilitation. According to IDOT, southbound I-57 will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 a.m. just north of Illinois 148 to the Johnson County line. The Illinois 148 southbound off-ramp will be closed Tuesday and will reopen

Alcohol Factor in Thursday Morning Crash in Jackson County

CAMPBELL HILL – A Campbell Hill man was involved in a one-vehicle accident early Thursday morning in Jackson County. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Chace Hille was driving south on Highway 4 near Brick Plant Road in Campbell Hill when he lost control of his pickup truck and left the roadway. The

Carbondale Approves ‘Welcoming Community’ Status

CARBONDALE – City leaders in Carbondale are stopping just short of declaring themselves a sanctuary city. But only just. Carbondale’s city council on Monday approved an official “welcoming community” designation that’s essentially the same as a sanctuary city declaration. Mayor Mike Henry says the city is dedicated to all people in the community, regardless of

Murphysboro Man Indicted for First Degree Murder

MURPHYSBORO – A Jackson County Grand Jury Wednesday indicted a Murphysboro man in the shooting death of Detrick Rodgers last October in Murphysboro. According to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr, the superseding indictment includes 28-year-old Cortez L. Turner and previously charged Juwan K. Jackson with the shooting that resulted in Rogers’ death in the

Kondritz: Benton Doesn’t Need An Airport

BENTON – With the recent news that the Benton Municipal Airport Board may have allegedly voted on actions without having the needed quorum and is missing several public agendas and meeting minutes, Benton Mayor Fred Kondritz cleared the air about the city’s relationship with the board at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Kondritz says the

Shawneetown Man Sentenced to 36 Years on Child Porn Charges

SHAWNEETOWN – A Shawneetown man is facing over three decades of prison time after pleading guilty to child porn charges.  Joshua McKinney was sentenced Monday to 36 years behind bars in Gallatin County Circuit Court.  The 21-year-old admitted to taking photos of three victims under the age of 13. McKinney must also register as a sexual

HUD: Cairo Public Housing Relocation Starts Next Month

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — Federal housing officials say they plan to relocate 185 families from two southern Illinois public housing developments that have been plagued by problems, including poor heating and mold. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would provide residents with vouchers and fund their

West Frankfort Man Wanted for Domestic Battery

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a West Frankfort man who was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute in rural West Frankfort last week. The investigation by the sheriff’s office resulted in criminal charges being filed against 32-year-old Christopher W. Clayton, who is still at large.  The arrest

Benton Man Behind Bars for Violating Sex Offender Registration Act

BENTON – A Benton man was arrested Monday afternoon for violating the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 34-year-old Ronald G. Worley around 3:15 p.m. He is a registered sexual predator and failed to provide the complete information as required by law in time required by law. He is being held

Benton Approves Financing New Aerial Fire Truck

BENTON – The Benton City Council approved financing the fire department’s new aerial truck at Monday night’s meeting. Finance Commissioner Dennis Miller says he received two bids for financing.  The council unanimously approved the bid from U.S Bank Corp for financing. Miller also recommended to the council using $150,000 from reserve funds to help pay