Williamson County Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Offense

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Williamson County man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday to nearly 20 years in prison on a methamphetamine offense. According to U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce, 45-year-old Rex Hopper of Creal Springs was sentenced to 235 months in prison, fined $250 and placed on supervised release for four years. A

Section of Illinois 14 in McLeansboro Closing Later This Month

MCLEANSBORO – IDOT says Illinois 14 from South Jackson Street to South Walnut Street in McLeansboro will be closed for the replacement of a water control structure starting Monday, July 30. Work will end on Monday, Aug. 6. The location of the closure is between the Huck’s and KG’s Market area.  IDOT has worked with

Planned Power Outage in Carmi Today

CARMI – The City of Carmi Light Department says that there will be an isolated power outage beginning this morning at 10 and continuing until noon today. The isolated area will be the west side of the 200 block of Slocumb Street and the south side of the 400 block of Robinson Street. This outage

Part of West Main in Benton Closed for Water Main Repair

BENTON – West Main Street from the Benton Square to Maple Street is closed due to a water main break being repaired by the Benton Water Department. This affects both east and westbound lanes. The closure started at 5 a.m. As soon as the leak is fixed, the road will reopen.  

Benton CCSD No. 47 to Hold School Registration Next Week

BENTON – Registration for students attending Benton Community Consolidated School District No. 47 this school year will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Meet the Teacher night will be held on Monday, Aug. 6. Kindergarten through 4th grade

Vehicle Catches Fire after Being Struck by Lightning on I-57

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District is reporting that a SUV caught fire Sunday night after being struck by lightning while traveling northbound on Interstate 57. According to reports, Caleb Thompson was traveling I-57 on his way to Wisconsin from Texas. Thompson was not injured. The lightning apparently entered the vehicle through