Benton Man Faces Child Endangerment Charge

BENTON – A Benton man was arrested and charged for child endangerment after Benton Police were informed of unsupervised children on the roadway in the 700 block of East Bond Street Monday. Police say 32-year-old James Patton was taken to the Franklin County Jail.

Bost Endorsed By U.S. Chamber of Commerce

MURPHYSBORO – As Southern Illinois celebrates National Small Business Week, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost received the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Congressman Bost has a proven track-record in Congress of supporting policies that grow our economy, create opportunity, and help middle class families across Illinois,” Chamber Vice President Rob Engstrom said. “From rolling

Carbondale Seeking Name, Logo for Upcoming Halloween Event

CARBONDALE – The city of Carbondale needs your help coming up with a creative, festive and one-of-a-kind name and logo to promote the City’s upcoming Halloween event. Artists are encouraged to submit entries that capture the true spirit of Halloween. The contest is open to all southern Illinois artists and Saluki graduates. Contest applications are

Collinsville Couple Suspected of Copper Thefts

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Authorities in Wayne and White counties are looking at two Collinsville residents as suspects in the theft of copper from a number of cell phone towers in those counties. According to reports, 20-year-old Haley Suhling and 19-year-old Taylor James are already facing charges for burglarizing a cell phone tower on Highway 27

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested Again on Firearms Charges

MT. VERNON – A 38-year-old rural Mt. Vernon man is in the Jefferson County Jail for allegedly firing shots Wednesday afternoon inside and outside his home just west of Jaycee Lake. Daniel E. Morton was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. after sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence situation involving firearms and shots fired.

Fire Damages Bluford Church

BLUFORD – The Mt. Vernon Fire Department as well as the Webber Township and Jefferson Fire Protection Districts responded to assist Bluford firefighters Wednesday afternoon in fighting a blaze at the Otterbein United Methodist Church. According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Clint Taylor, Bluford had been having power issues throughout the morning Wednesday. Damage to

Marion Man Injured in Semi Crash on I-57 in Benton

BENTON – A Marion man was injured in a semi crash on southbound I-57 in Benton early Wednesday morning. Illinois State Police say at 5:50 a.m., 61-year-old Mark Johnson was driving his semi south on I-57 near milepost 71 when he drove off the roadway to the right. The semi struck a hill embankment before

Bost Endorsed By National Federation Of Independent Business

MURPHYSBORO – As Southern Illinois celebrates National Small Business Week, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost received the endorsement of America’s leading small business association. “Congressman Bost grew up in a family owned trucking business in Southern Illinois and understands the challenges facing Illinois’ small businesses,” said NFIB’s Illinois State Director Mark Grant. “He has proven himself

Marion Police Report for April 26-30

MARION – Here is the Marion Police Report for April 26-30: Gary Boaz, age 40, of Marion was arrested for Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the 200 block of East Boulevard Street on April 30, 2018. Cathy Hendrickson, age 58, of Marion was issued citations for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Benton Police Report for April 27-29

BENTON – Here is the Benton Police Report for April 27-29: On April 27, 2018, Benton Police were dispatched to the Public Square in reference to a report of children left unattended in a vehicle. Upon investigating, police arrested Megan E. Scarlett, age 21, of Cowden, IL for child endangerment. Scarlett was charged and transported