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Ferrell Hospital to Increase Visitors

ELDORADO – Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado will begin to allow more visitors to hospital and outpatient facilities. Patients who are hospitalized at Ferrell Hospital may have one visitor per patient, per day, during regular visiting hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Patients at Ferrell Hospital outpatient clinics and facilities may also have one visitor

Fowler Reacts to 2021 State Budget

HARRISBURG – Lawmakers are continuing to react to the 2021 Illinois fiscal budget passed recently in Springfield. 59th District State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) opposed the approved budget. He says the state can’t be relying on borrowing federal dollars that haven’t been authorized in Washington yet. Fowler says he is happy to see that education

Missing Benton Teen Found Safe

BENTON – Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni says a rural Benton teen who has been missing since last week, has been found and is safe. Sheriff Bartoni says no other details are available about 14-year-old Easton R. Saltsman. The sheriff thanks the public for their help in this matter.

Man, Woman Found Dead at Carmi Home Friday Morning

CARMI – A death investigation continues in Carmi after Carmi Police responded just after 11 Friday morning to 1604 Hillcrest Avenue on a report of a man and woman who appeared to have been shot. According to Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter, a 71-year-old woman was found dead in a vehicle in the driveway and

Franklin County 2020 Mobile Home Tax Bills Due July 31

BENTON – Franklin County Treasurer Steve Vercellino says 2020 mobile home tax bills have been mailed on Friday, May 28. Payment is due no later than Friday, July 31. Payments can be accepted in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the Campbell Building on the Benton Square at 901 Public Square or by mailing to

Southern Illinois COVID-19 Report – Wednesday, May 27

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Here is information regarding COVID-19 cases released by area health departments on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department Jackson County Health Department The Southern Seven Health Department reports zero new recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region. Currently, there are 80 individuals from the Southern Seven region who