• Benton accident leaves man dead, wife hospitalized

    by  • October 15, 2013

    A West Frankfort man is dead and his wife is hospitalized following a Monday collision in Franklin County.  Reports indicate 76-year-old Cecil Bennett was traveling along Route 14 and Grand Street in Benton when he failed to stop and hit a parked car. Bennett was pronounced dead a short time later. His wife Helen...

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    Carlyle teen sentenced for stabbing father

    by  • October 15, 2013

    A 19-year-old Carlyle teenager was sentenced in Clinton County Court Tuesday afternoon to 18 months probation and 118 days in jail, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty last month to stabbing his father during a June argument. Kole P. Koehler pleaded guilty to Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery and misdemeanor...

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    Amtrak has record year in nation, Ill.

    by  • October 15, 2013

    Officials say nearly 5.2 million people boarded and disembarked from Amtrak trains in Illinois in the year ending Sept. 30, contributing to record ridership nationally. The nation’s passenger railroad network announced Monday it carried 31.6 million riders during the 2013 federal budget year. That marked the highest annual ridership in the railroad’s history. In...

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    Program to provide assistance for poor in civil cases

    by  • October 15, 2013

    A new program is aimed at helping the poor in central and southern Illinois in court. The Diocese of Springfield is asking for volunteers to provide legal services to assist people who can’t afford representation in civil cases. Steven Roach, executive director of Catholic Charities for the diocese, says that could cover everything from...

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    Guards injured in fight at Big Muddy

    by  • October 15, 2013

    According to WSIL-TV, two correctional officers were injured during a fight between inmates at Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina. Tom Shaer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), says a fight between three inmates broke out Sunday morning as they were on their way to the dietary building. Two officers were...

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    Weekend rally to show support of Murray and corrections

    by  • October 15, 2013

    Just a reminder that the prison worker support group My Brother’s Keeper will be holding a rally this weekend in Centralia as a show of support and solidarity for the efforts to keep open the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, as well as for the workers at Centralia Correctional Center. Marsha Griffin, the organization’s...

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