Benton Police Report for April 14-15

BENTON – A West Frankfort man was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after Benton Police were sent to the 1000 block of East Webster Street about a hit and run Saturday. Police say 41-year-old Carl G. Gunter was charged and taken to the Franklin County Jail. Two Benton men were arrested and

Naturalization Ceremony Set for Friday at SIU Carbondale

CARBONDALE – The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois will host a Naturalization ceremony Friday morning at 10 at the SIU School of Law in the Lesar Law Building. It’s located at 1150 Douglas Drive in Carbondale. The Southern District of Illinois is one of three federal judicial districts in Illinois

MVTHS School Board Considering Total Cell Phone Ban

MT. VERNON – The Mount Vernon Township High School Board of Education discussed the cell phone policy for the upcoming school year at its meeting Monday. Currently, the MVTHS handbook states cell phones shall not be used unless authorized by a teacher. However, the board and administration are discussing a complete cell phone ban for

IDOC Opens Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center

MURPHYSBORO – The Illinois Department of Corrections opened its second Life Skills Re-entry Center Monday, aimed at helping offenders learn skills that will be critical to their success upon release.  The first 20 offenders were transferred to the Murphysboro Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro Monday morning. They’ll go through an orientation process and get

Sen. Dale Fowler’s Week in Review for April 9-13

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers spent much of their first week back in session moving legislation in committees moving legislation. As session begins once more in earnest, Senator Dale Fowler remains adamant that lawmakers should be working together to pass a balanced budget that does not add to the tax burden already placed on the shoulders of


DU QUOIN – Four great bands with an arsenal of chart topping hits makes for one awesome night of rock at the Du Quoin State Fair. The Gen-X Summer Tour featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm will roll into town on Friday, Aug. 31 for the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair. Buckcherry has

SIU Carbondale Turns Dining Hall Food Waste into Compost

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is turning hundreds of pounds of uneaten dining hall food into compost. The Carbondale school has a program that transfers as much as a ton of food scraps a week to a composting facility, which is in its second year. The Southern Illinoisan reports that once the food

Illinois Honors State’s 1st Bicentennial Farm Family

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A family that has farmed in southern Illinois for five generations has received the state’s first bicentennial farm designation. Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro were presented with the honor last week at the Illinois Capitol. The designation is part of Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration. It recognizes farms that have been