SIU Carbondale College of Business Online Programs Earn National Recognition

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Business online degree programs recently earned national recognition. SIU’s online MBA was ranked among the “Best Value Online MBA Degrees for 2018” by DiscoverBusiness.us and its online bachelor’s degree in accounting earned a spot on College Choice’s “35 Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Degrees, 2017”

Oats Enters Not Guilty Plea in Johnson Homicide

MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder in Jefferson County Court Wednesday. Eighteen-year-old Roderick S. Oats, Jr., was charged in the July 8 shooting that killed 20-year-old Carlos Johnson. The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. near the 700 block of South 25th Street in Mt.

Child Dies in Swimming Pool Accident in Elkville

ELKVILLE – A 5-year-old child died after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at an Elkville home Wednesday morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office say emergency personnel arrived to the scene around 7:30 and began resuscitative measures immediately. This continued until after the child arrived at a local hospital. The child did not respond

Bond Reduction Denied for Energy Man in Fatal Vehicle Crash

MT. VERNON – An Energy man who has been charged in connection to a fatal vehicle crash had his motion to reduce bond denied in Jefferson County Court on Tuesday. Twenty-five-year-old Cole Stevens had been charged with two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence

Benton Man Won’t Be Charged for Attacking Mayor

BENTON – A Benton man who allegedly punched Benton Mayor Fred Kondritz in the face will not face charges. Reports indicate that Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens will not charge Albert Smith after reviewing the case. Owens also indicated that the state could pursue charges at a later date until the statute of limitations

Start Preparing Now for the Eclipse on Aug. 21

CARBONDALE – With thousands expected in Carbondale for the eclipse, the city wants to remind businesses and residents to prepare ahead of time. According to Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox, to avoid long lines and empty shelves, get your grocery shopping done a week or two in advance. Stock up on emergency supplies like