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Sheriff investigating 'suspicious' death of man whose body was found at West Frankfort mine

According to a news release from Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones, the death of a man whose body was found "badly decomposed" over the weekend is “suspicious."The release said an autopsy was conducted Monday and that no cause of death has yet been determined. The body was found at the Old Ben No. 9

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-14 15:47:00

Man killed after his truck’s tire blows out near Nashville

Police said the truck’s tire blew, causing the truck to skid off the road and hit a tree. Waltrip was trapped inside the truck, which caught fire.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT - 2018-08-14 07:32:00

Boil order remains in effect for part of Pinckneyville and is lifted for another area

A boil order is still in effect for Charlotte Hills, Mink Road, Fairground Road south of Charlotte Hills, Red Bud and Cedar Point lanes, Cripple Creek, and Dalmation and Cottontail roads.

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-14 19:35:00

Addieville Man Dies After Crash on I-64 Monday

An Addieville man died as a result of a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 Monday night.Zachary Waltrip, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near Mile Marker 47.5 in Washington County.

OKAWVILLETIMES.COM - 2018-08-14 19:30:00

5-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Carbondale

A 5-year-old boy is dead after he was hit by a car in Carbondale on Monday evening.According to a news release from Carbondale Police Department, officers responded just before 8 p.m. Monday to the scene of the crash, in the 500 block of North Wall Street.

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-14 16:53:00

VA town hall designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders

During confirmation hearings, Wilkie said he will "shake up complacency" at VA, which has struggled with long waits in providing medical treatment to veterans.

PLAINVIEW DAILY HERALD - 2018-08-14 09:39:35

Twilight Parade kicks off Du Quoin State Fair

DU QUOIN, Ill. — Taking center stage this year at the Du Quoin State Fair is the Illinois bicentennial.The Du Quoin fair kicks off Aug. 24 with the Twilight Parade following a new route this year.The Twilight Parade will begin at the corner of Pacer Avenue and Midway Drive. It will head east on Midw

AGRINEWS-PUBS.COM - 2018-08-15 16:41:30

Mobile Device Repair Business Opens In Nashville

Vonder Haar, a SIUE marketing graduate, also works in sales and accounting for a medical benefit business based in California

OKAWVILLETIMES.COM - 2018-08-14 19:16:00

Southern Illinois woman celebrates 101st birthday at Taco Bell

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -A Southern Illinois woman celebrated her 101st birthday at her favorite spot, her local Taco Bell.Ruth Parker says she moved back to Southern Illinois from Florida around 18 years ago. When she did, she needed a new place to drink coffee and read her newspaper at and she found

KFVS12 - 2018-08-15 00:00:00

Opinion | Kenneth E. Whittington: Vote your intellect, not your instincts

After reading Daryl Ice’s Guest view published in The Southern Illinoisan, I decided to respond with a different perspective. It is much easier to vote with your emotions than to use your intellect. The use of intellect requires studying the issues and looking at the actual results that a candidate

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-15 07:00:00

Decomposed body found at old mine near West Frankfort

Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones confirmed Monday a badly decomposed body was found Saturday near the entrance of the old No. 9 mine, east of West Frankfort. The identity of the deceased is not known.Jones said a private individual found the body and contacted authorities.Franklin County Sheriff’s


Carbondale Police investigating fatality related to traffic crash

CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Police Department is investigating a fatality related to a traffic crash, according to Deputy Police Chief Stan Reno.Carbondale Police were called to 500 W. Main St. at about 8 p.m. Monday, and were still on the scene at around 10:20 p.m.Reno said more information would b

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-14 03:23:00

Suspect Confesses To Killing, Dismembering Victim With Chainsaw, Pruning Shears & A Pocketknife - CrimeFeed

DESOTO, IL — A suspect charged with first-degree murder of a 76-year-old man has shared gruesome details about how he and the victim’s wife dismembered the body with a chainsaw and pruning shears, according to court documents.

CRIMEFEED.COM - 2018-08-13 19:49:22

Boil order still in effect for Pinckneyville water customers

Because of a water leak caused by contractor damage, some Pinckneyville area water customers are currently without service. When water service is restored, a boil water order is in effect for customers in the following areas:• Charlotte Hills Subdivision• Mink Road


Illinois woman charged in fatal hit and run crash

DUQUOIN, Ill – A woman has been arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash on I-64 near Nashville, Illinois. Illinois State Police say that Caitlin R. Happach, 26, of Woodlawn, Illinois is charged with two felony counts of failure to report an accident and one count of reckless homicide.


Shelters pitch in to help 91 dogs found in Illinois home

Buy NowBENTON, Ill. (AP) — Animal shelters across Illinois are pitching in to care for 91 dogs found in a home authorities describe as having "deplorable" conditions.The Southern Illinoisan reports Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control discovered the dogs after responding to a complain


Ridership up for Southern Illinois public transportation provider

HARRISBURG — Rides Mass Transit District saw an increase in the number of riders during the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a news release from the transportation provider.Almost 718,300 passengers utilized public transportation on RMTD's routes in the fiscal year, which ended June 30.RMTD

THE SOUTHERN - 2018-08-13 21:54:00

Outdoors: Benton's McKinney claims Bassmaster national title

Trey McKinney, 13, of Benton, cut a significant notch in his angling belt last week, winning the Bassmaster Junior Championship Aug. 1 at Carroll County Lake in Tennessee.McKinney; his partner, Carter Wijangco, of suburban Chicago; and boat captain Rick Cheatham, of Herrin, weighed in 17 pounds, 6 o


Decomposed body found near old mine in West Frankfort, IL

WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -A body was found in Franklin County on Saturday, Aug. 11.According to Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones, a body was found near the old Ben Coal #9 mine.Jones said the body had been there for a while and was badly decomposed.He said the mine has not been in operation for 50


Carbondale commission wants to host open forum on SIU enrollment; city says it will insult the university

CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Human Relations Commission is interested in hosting a public forum to talk about the impact of falling enrollment at Southern Illinois University.HennrichJerrold Hennrich, chairman of the committee, said on Thursday that the commission has heard from university professors