Benton Mayor Creates Board to Study Recreational Cannabis Issue

BENTON – With recreational marijuana becoming legal in Illinois Jan. 1, Benton Mayor Fred Kondritz said at Monday night’s City Council meeting that there’s just a tremendous amount of hoops to jump through when it comes to the licensing and zoning for the sale and distribution of cannabis. Mayor Kondritz told those in attendance at

Sesser Awarded Grant for Waterline Improvements

SESSER – The city of Sesser recently announced that it has been awarded a Delta Regional Authority Grant for $109,000 for waterline improvements. According to Sesser Mayor Jason Ashmore, the grant will be used to replace aging waterlines on Franklin Street. The mayor says water infrastructure is a key component of economic development and the

McLeansboro Moving Ahead with Water, Sewer System Upgrades

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro City Council passed a pair of actions Tuesday night to move forward with upgrades to the city’s water and sewer system, including a new water tower. The council voted to award an electrical and SCADA work contract for the tower to Microcom for about $205,000. The council also voted to authorize

Traffic Detours Announced for Upcoming Corn Days in Carmi

CARMI – Carmi Police say there will be some traffic detours for Carmi Kiwanis Corn Days that starts later this week. Police Chief Jason Carter says Church Street between Main and Cherry streets will be blocked beginning around 4 Thursday afternoon to allow for carnival rides to be set up. Walnut Street between Main and