Benton City Council Approves East Main Parking Lot Project

BENTON – The Benton City Council Monday night approved using Quad County Concrete for concrete at $91 per yard and SRW, Inc. will be doing the finishing work on the concrete for the East Main parking lot project for $14,125. No timetable was given for when work would begin. The council also accepted a $2,000

West Frankfort Approves Change to Business Registration Ordinance

WEST FRANKFORT – The West Frankfort City Council Tuesday night approved a change to the business registration ordinance that is designed to provide the city with complete identifying information concerning businesses and their owners and the owners of the premises upon which the businesses are located in order to protect the business in case of

Five Arrested at Mt. Vernon Apartment on Drug Charges

MT. VERNON – Five people were arrested Tuesday morning when the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 600 block of Main Street in Mt. Vernon. The search warrant was obtained through an investigation conducted by the MVPD Narcotics Division, with the assistance

Carbondale Man Sentenced for Violating Probation

MARION – A Carbondale man was recently sentenced to four years in state prison for violating terms of his probation. Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says 37-year-old Donny L. Ricker had an original burglary charge, a Class 3 felony, from an incident in July of 2014, where he attempted to break open a coin

Marion Man Heading to Prison for Cyberstalking

MARION – A Marion man recently pled guilty to one count of cyberstalking – a Class 4 felony – stemming from an arrest in Marion last November.  The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s office says on Nov. 9, Marion Police were sent to an undisclosed home in Marion, where the victim detailed several threats made by

Franklin, Williamson County CASA Awarded Grants to Serve Child Victims

SPRINGFIELD –  Franklin and Williamson counties are among 17 Illinois counties getting a share of $2.7 million to serve children who are victims of violence. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki announced the grant awards Tuesday. The money will help fund organizations whose advocates are trained in trauma-informed practices and offer

Tornadoes Hit Southern Illinois One Year Ago Today

              SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – One year ago today, some severe storms brought tornadoes to southern Illinois. Seventy-one-year-old Thomas McCord was killed and his wife was injured in Crossville in White County. McCord had sought shelter in an outbuilding near his home before being killed by the storm. Elkville, in

RLCD Approves Water Rate Hike

REND LAKE – Customers who get their water from Rend Lake will be paying a little bit more for it. The Rend Lake Conservancy District Monday voted to raise water rates by 2.5 percent. Officials told WSIL-TV the rate increase will only be on the Rend Lake portion of the bill. Customers will be paying