Benton’s New Fire Truck to Arrive Later This Month

BENTON – Benton’s new fire truck is set to arrive around Aug. 30. That was announced during Monday’s night Benton City Council meeting. The truck was approved about a year ago and is coming from Smeal Fire Apparatus out of Omaha, NE. This new truck will replace the current ladder truck that is 30 years

Benton Police Report for Aug. 11-12

BENTON – A Benton woman is facing a retail theft charge after Benton Police officers were sent to 1642 N. Main St. in reference to a retail theft Saturday. Police say 30-year-old Danielle M. McCain was arrested, charged and taken to the Franklin County Jail. Also on Saturday, a Briadwood, Illinois man was arrested for

JFPD, MVFD Hazmat Respond to Fuel Leak on Interstate 64

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson Fire Protection District and Mt. Vernon Fire Department Hazmat Team responded to an incident on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County just before midnight Monday evening. A fuel leak from a semi was reported near the eastbound rest area around milepost 85. Both crews were able to clean up the scene

Semi Crashes on SB I-57 in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – There was a semi crash on southbound I-57 just south of the West Frankfort exit early Tuesday morning. Illinois State Police have not released any information at this time, but from what WQRL/WISH/WMCL News Director Barry Wright saw this morning on the way in to work, the semi and trailer it was

Pawar Selects Cairo Mayor as Running Mate in Governor’s Race

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate. Pawar, who is a Chicago alderman, says in a statement Tuesday that Coleman “embodies the struggle that every Illinois family and town is experiencing.” Coleman spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He founded Faith