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Eldorado Man Facing Charges in Connection to Harrisburg Walmart

Eldorado Man Facing Charges in Connection to Harrisburg Walmart

HARRISBURG – An Eldorado man will face charges in connection to a New Year’s Eve fire at the Harrisburg Walmart. According to a release from the Saline County State’s Attorney’s Office, James Curtis of Eldorado has been charged with arson, reckless conduct and three counts of criminal damage to property. The Harrisburg Walmart closed for three…read more »

IL Dept. of Commerce Awards 117th District Grants to Improve Community Development

IL Dept. of Commerce Awards 117th District Grants to Improve Community Development

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced over $1.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) were awarded in the 117th District represented by Republican State Rep. Dave Severin of Benton. The grants, stemming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, support local community development activities, such as affordable…read more »

Bryant: Nurses Could Be Ineligible for State Jobs if Schools Didn’t Pay for Accreditation

Bryant: Nurses Could Be Ineligible for State Jobs if Schools Didn’t Pay for Accreditation

SPRINGFIELD – According to State Representative Terri Bryant, nurses could become ineligible for state and federal employment if they attended state-funded colleges in southern Illinois which didn’t pay to receive their accreditation. Bryant said colleges pay between eighteen and $25,000 to become accredited, adding the lack of accreditation could cost an already licensed nurse a future state gig.…read more »

Merchants, Benton City Council Discuss Parking Issues Monday

Merchants, Benton City Council Discuss Parking Issues Monday

BENTON – With construction scheduled to begin later this year on the new Franklin County Courthouse on the Benton Square, several merchants located on and off the square spoke with the Benton City Council about parking on the square at Monday night’s meeting. According to Benton City Clerk Brook Craig, the merchants don’t believe the parking in…read more »

SIU MBA Program Ranked Best in Illinois, Top Third in the Nation

SIU MBA Program Ranked Best in Illinois, Top Third in the Nation

CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s online MBA is the top-ranked program in the state of Illinois and among the top third of all ranked programs in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report “2020 Best Online MBA Programs” rankings released Tuesday. SIU is tied for the 69th spot on the list, marking…read more »

Three County Chase Wed. Morning Leads to Arrest of Two Men

Three County Chase Wed. Morning Leads to Arrest of Two Men

MT. VERNON – Two men have been arrested after a police chase early Wednesday morning extended through three counties. According to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a deputy with the sheriff’s office attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle at Markham City Ln. and Route 15 in eastern Jefferson County when the vehicle fled westbound…read more »

McLeansboro Man Sentenced 12 Years for Agg. Domestic Battery

McLeansboro Man Sentenced 12 Years for Agg. Domestic Battery

MCLEANSBORO – A McLeansboro man was sentenced Monday in Hamilton County to 12 years in state prison for aggravated domestic battery stemming from an incident in March 2019 when he strangled his wife in their home and fled the scene only to be picked up in Union County, KY a few days later. Hamilton County State’s Attorney…read more »

Cardinals Caravan coming to Marion Sunday

Cardinals Caravan coming to Marion Sunday

Marion — The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will make a stop in Marion Sunday afternoon as part of a four stop tour of the quad-state. Cardinals Radio Affiliates US 97.7, WMIX, and WEBQ will host a group of Cardinals players, alumni, and media at noon at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center. Fans are encouraged to…read more »

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