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Principal of West Frankfort High School charged with driving under the influence  Belleville News-Democrat

The principal of West Frankfort High School in Illinois has been charged with driving under the influence. The school is investigating the incident as he was ...



Crews battle house fire near 2 schools in West Frankfort  KFVS

Crews battled a fire at a West Frankfort home divided up into apartments Friday morning.



Candy Cane Lane to be featured on 'Great Christmas Light Fight' in 2019  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — Candy Cane Lane is getting a lot more attention this year, thanks to “The Great Christmas Light Fight” show on ABC.



Decomposed body found at old mine near West Frankfort  The Southern

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 ...



Candy Cane Lane will compete in national Christmas light competition  WSIL TV

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Another season of ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight ended Monday night, but one area display is already on the the schedule for ...



Police need your help after identifying type of truck in fatal hit-and-run accident  Belleville News-Democrat

Police have narrowed down what kind of vehicle killed a man walking Saturday night along Illinois 37, but need the public's help in finding the specific truck.



Investigators work to ID body found near coal mine; cause of death unknown  Belleville News-Democrat

Authorities have conducted an autopsy on a badly decomposed body found near an old mine east of West Frankfort, Illinois, in Franklin County, Illinois, ...



Frankfort Community High School on lockdown after gun found in locker  KFVS

Frankfort Community High School is on lockdown on Wednesday after a weapon was found in a locker and a student was arrested.



Matt Donkin named Superintendent of West Frankfort Schools  WSIL TV

WEST FRANKFORT -- Regional School Superintendent Matt Donkin is set to become the new Superintendent of West Frankfort Schools.



Belleville West, Collinsville open season with impressive tournament championships  Belleville News-Democrat

The Belleville, Illinois West High School Maroons, Highland Bulldogs and Collinsville Kahoks IHSA basketball teams won Thanksgiving holiday tournament titles ...



West Frankfort board aims for new high school  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — A new high school could be in the future for West Frankfort.



Former West Frankfort woman dead in a murder-suicide  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — A former West Frankfort resident was the victim of an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday in Creve Coeur, Illinois. At approximately 3:55 ...



Betty L. McCarty  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — Betty L. McCarty, 83, passed away peacefully at 10:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Integrity Rehabilitation Center in Marion.



Granite City dance team’s photos with a police vehicle ‘crossed the line,’ superintendent says  Belleville News-Democrat

Members of the Warriors High School dance team's racy photo with a police car in Southern Illinois is being called inappropriate by the district after it aired on ...



Storied high school football rivalry continues this year  Belleville News-Democrat

History news: The rivalry between Illinois high school football teams, including the East St. Louis Flyers from East St. Louis, IL in Southern Illinois near Belleville, ...



ISP trooper claims PTSD after abuse from boss in DuQuoin, IL  Belleville News-Democrat

Police news: Illinois State Trooper is believed to be the first to get workers' compensation for PTSD because of verbal abuse from boss in DuQuoin, IL, in Perry ...



Here are 8 movies you probably didn’t know were filmed in Illinois  Belleville News-Democrat

Maybe Illinois has produced so many cool movies because it offers such a vastly diverse spectrum of locations to tell highly visual stories. Or maybe our state ...



Candy Cane Lane back open for Christmas in West Frankfort, IL  KFVS

It's a Christmas display that's years in the making and the creator said the hard work is worth it.



Former Vice President Joe Biden to campaign in metro-east with Kelly, Pritzker  Belleville News-Democrat

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to campaign for Democrat Brendan Kelly in East St. Louis, Illinois, alongside JB Pritzker in the Illinois governor ...



Firefighters battled 20-foot flames from silo fire in Troy  Belleville News-Democrat

Crews battled flames that shot up 20 feet in the air after a grain silo caught fire around 7 p.m. Thursday in Troy. Troy Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Ed ...



Beloved pet bobcat seized from Swansea home. The owner is fighting to get it back.  Belleville News-Democrat

A Southern Illinois woman is being investigated after IDNR removed an exotic pet from her house because it is on the state's dangerous animals list. The family ...



School canceled after Belleville police say teen took mom’s gun to confront girlfriend  The Kansas City Star

School News: Belleville West and East High Schools in Belleville, IL, closed after an armed student threatened a peer in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO a ...



Person of interest arrested in threats made against Granite City High School  Belleville News-Democrat

Granite City Police arrested a person of interest after students reported threats being made against the high school in Southern IL. They remained in custody and ...



Clinton County candidate caught mocking Hispanic girl. He says it was just a joke.  The Kansas City Star

A video posted to Facebook showing a stumbling woman who holds a beer as she crashes into a girl riding a bicycle has caused a social media stir in Clinton ...



82-year-old veteran accused of using toy gun to rob Southern Illinois bank of $12K  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime news: An 82-year-old Marion, IL, man has been arrested and accused of robbing a Benton, IL, bank after a police investigation in Southern Illinois near ...



Charges brought against Granite City man accused of threatening high school  Belleville News-Democrat

An 18-year-old Granite City man was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making threats against the Southern Illinois high school. He remained ...



Timothy Summers  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — Timothy Louis “Tim” Summers, 40, passed away suddenly at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, in Heartland Regional Medical Center of ...



Victim identified in fatal truck versus train accident in Southern Illinois  Belleville News-Democrat

A Southern Illinois man was pronounced dead at the scene when his pickup truck hit a train tank car carrying a flammable, hazardous liquid. Homes in the rural ...



Prep Football Staff Picks - Week 2  The Southern

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Multiple shootings injure 4 in Cahokia; police investigating  Belleville News-Democrat

Police officers are investigating three shootings this week that have injured four people in Southern Illinois. The firearm crimes are being investigated by cops ...



18-year-old shot dead in East St. Louis  Belleville News-Democrat

A man was shot and killed near a housing complex in Southern Illinois, according to Illinois State Police. Officers are investigating and have not released more ...



Police investigate threat at O'Fallon IL elementary school  Belleville News-Democrat

Police investigate graffiti threat spray painted on Hinchcliffe Elementary School in District 90 in O'Fallon, IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.



Police ask for public’s help finding person of interest in attempted bank robbery  Belleville News-Democrat

Waterloo police are looking for a man they say attempted to rob a bank in Southern Illinois. According to the police, no money was exchanged and no one was ...



Belleville approved $737K for two development projects that are behind schedule  Belleville News-Democrat

Belleville city leaders have spent $737,000 to help kick-start two westside housing projects that have missed construction goals, including one development ...



Man who shot 3 people in Taylorville taken into custody after manhunt  Belleville News-Democrat

Police say an "armed and dangerous" man was taken into custody after a massive manhunt in central Illinois after shooting three people in Taylorville, IL.



Alorton IL mayor investigated for impersonating police officer  Belleville News-Democrat

Illinois State Police check complaint about cop car using emergency lights with a Mayor Jo Ann Reed sign on Interstate 64 near Caseyville in Southern Illinois.



Man, 62, shot while riding bike dies on resident’s front steps  Belleville News-Democrat

Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed while riding his bike in Southern Illinois. Officers say he stumbled onto a porch after being shot before he ...



You can tell state lawmakers what you think will solve SIU’s ‘turmoil.’ Here’s how.  Belleville News-Democrat

Illinois state lawmakers plan visit to Southern Illinois, including Edwardsville, IL, and Carbondale, IL, to talk to professors, students and residents about the ...



Gym dandies: 20 best high school basketball venues in Illinois  Chicago Tribune

Gym dandies: The Tribune preps staff picks its 20 favorite basketball venues in Illinois.



School districts seek ways to keep kids safer at bus stops  Belleville News-Democrat

Southern Illinois school district wants to make it safer for students to get on and off school buses by installing additional cameras on buses. They join a national ...



Darien Hayes  The Southern

WEST FRANKFORT — Darian Ashe Hayes, 17, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at his grandmother's house in West Frankfort.



David Fields released from jail after being found not guilty in Belleville murder  Belleville News-Democrat

David Fields, who was accused in a homicide that occurred in Belleville in 2016, was being held for a possible hearing before the Illinois Parole Board, but was ...



Lebanon man charged with stealing protein bars from O’Fallon High School  Belleville News-Democrat

A Lebanon, Illinois man has been charged with retail theft after police say he stole protein bars from O'Fallon Township High School and beer from a Moto Mart ...



Collinsville voters will decide the fate of debt-ridden park district this November  Belleville News-Democrat

A measure asking voters if they want to dissolve a local park district is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot, a move that could lower property ...



Her battle with a brain tumor was seen around the world. Her funeral will be on YouTube.  Belleville News-Democrat

The 10-year-old Whittington girl's journey has just begun, her obituary reads, and will continue when her funeral is live-streamed Wednesday afternoon for her ...



Godfrey Village Board trustee found dead in Alton  Belleville News-Democrat

Eldon “Twirp” Williams, a former Godfrey Township assessor in Southern Illinois, was found dead in Alton. Cops are still trying to figure out how the politician ...



Ousted Scott AFB colonel plans to retire after taking plea deal in sexual misconduct case  Belleville News-Democrat

A former commander at Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL took a plea deal and plans to retire following an investigation into sexual ...



Memorial East moves forward on construction of new Siteman Cancer Center building  Belleville News-Democrat

Memorial Hospital East has begun work on a medical building that will house the Southern Illinois branch of Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh as well as ...



Decatur man held on $1 million bail had 2 pounds of meth and bag of ammo, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime news: A Decatur, IL, man is being held on $1 million bail in Franklin County, IL, in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO. He is facing nine ...



Police search for suspect after Collinsville bank inside store is robbed  Belleville News-Democrat

Police are looking for a man who robbed the U.S. Bank Thursday inside of the Schnuck's in Collinsville. According to a news release from Collinsville Police, ...



Father’s live-in girlfriend charged with abuse after child found bruised in O’Fallon  Belleville News-Democrat

Kayla M. Kite was charged with the physical abuse of a kid after the St. Clair County sheriff and DCFS found the boy with a large bruise on his back. She now ...



Southern Illinois man playing pivotal role in rescue mission of Thailand soccer team  Belleville News-Democrat

News: A Marion, IL, man is using his skills to help in the rescue mission of a Thailand soccer team trapped in a cave. The man, from Southern Illinois near St.



Illinois man among 8 arrested as police seize more than $700K of meth in multi-state bust  Belleville News-Democrat

Officers arrested eight people during a multi-state meth bust over the course of a month, including the arrest of a Southern Illinois man accused of supplying the ...



Man charged after Godfrey trustee found shot dead in car  Belleville News-Democrat

After a Southern Illinois trustee was found shot to death in a car police charged a man with first degree murder in the shooting. The suspect was arrested and ...



This Fairview Heights store will close in January. But it’s just temporary.  Belleville News-Democrat

Here Today, a discount place to shop for gifts, groceries and electronics, will temporarily close its business in Southern Illinois in January. The store has 10 ...



Belleville man pleads guilty to firing gun into Carbondale crowd  Belleville News-Democrat

A Belleville, Illinois, man who was shot by a Carbondale police officer last year when he fired his gun into a crowd there has pleaded guilty to a felony in ...



Cover | Make your Christmas merry: 25 days of holiday cheer to add to your family traditions  The Southern

While the months of November and December are normally filled to the brim with planning, decorating and cooking, taking time out to experience one of the ...



Biden backs Kelly, Pritzker. ‘It’s’ all about character.’ They ‘have that character’  Belleville News-Democrat

Former Vice President Joe Biden is visiting East St. Louis, Illinois, to speak at a rally for Brendan Kelly in his race against Republican Mike Bost for Congress ...



Belleville man fired semiautomatic weapon into crowd at Shiloh park, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime news: Shiloh, IL, police arrested a Belleville, IL, man in connection with shooting into a crowd with a semiautomatic firearm weapon. The gun was found ...



Top fun things to do this winter with kids in Illinois  Belleville News-Democrat

From St. Louis Science Center to Belleville Christkindlmarkt and Breakfast with Santa, get a list of the best activities for kids and families to do during winter ...



Defending Class 4A state champs Belleville West open with Urbana at Washington Tournament of Champions  Belleville News-Democrat

The Belleville, Illinois High School West Maroons IHSA boys basketball team will open defense of its Class 4A state championship against Urbana High School ...



Man accused of exposing himself in front of kids at Mascoutah park  Belleville News-Democrat

A man accused of showing his penis at Scheve Park in Mascoutah, IL, in Southern Illinois now faces misdemeanor charge after he was arrested but faces a ...



This Southern Illinois couple was married 62 years. They died three days apart.  Belleville News-Democrat

News: Elderly married couple in Elkville, IL, died within three days of each other in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO. The two will have a ...



Man goes missing after receiving ‘bad news’ from doctor; multiple agencies searching  Belleville News-Democrat

Multiple agencies were searching for a 71-year-old Columbia man Tuesday night after reportedly received some “bad news” from a doctor. Authorities had been ...



Man charged with murder after Belleville mayor’s daughter finds body in street  Belleville News-Democrat

A drug deal gone sour preceded the death of a 65-year-old man in Belleville on Tuesday, police said. Two suspects have been arrested, one of them charged ...



Man stole cash register from Belleville Walgreens, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime news: Police say a man stole a cash register from a Belleville, IL, Walgreens on North Belt West after they responded to investigate the a robbery in ...



Edwardsville men tried to move almost $400,000 in drug money cross-country, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

Two Edwardsville men have been accused of trying to move almost $400,000 of drug money through Illinois to California in an RV, according to documents filed ...



Club’s valet struck and killed in hit-and-run while working, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

A man working as a parking lot attendant died after being hit by a car while working at a night club in Southern Illinois. Police are investigating and working to get ...



Man impersonates a U.S. Marshal to get his gun back from police  Belleville News-Democrat

A man has been arrested for allegedly pretending to be a U.S. Marshal when he walked into the Johnston City Police Department attempting to retrieve a gun ...



Family arrested after police say they found 91 dogs in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Southern Illinois  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime News: A family was arrested in Macedonia, IL, accused of abusing, neglecting dogs after police say they found 91 being kept in deplorable conditions in ...



This is what Belleville wants to do to get rid of the city's vacant homes and buildings  Belleville News-Democrat

Real estate News: Belleville, IL, city council in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, to target vacant empty homes, houses, buildings for sale near me as effort to ...



Southern Illinois bookstore's beloved cat dies two days after store closes  Belleville News-Democrat

Business news: The Bookworm, an independent book store in Carbondale, IL, closed after 17 years so the owners could retire. The resident book store cat, ...



Police arrest two people after finding drugs and weapons in their car  Belleville News-Democrat

Police arrested two people when they found drugs and weapons in their car during a traffic stop. Both are accused of attempting to distribute meth in Southern ...



19-year-old shot, killed in what police say is 20th homicide this year in East St. Louis  Belleville News-Democrat

Cops say a 19-year-old man was shot and killed in East St. Louis, Illinois in Southern Illinois. Officers said they have not identified the man but said a person of ...



Teacher who stole $300K from district and used it for plastic surgery found guilty  Belleville News-Democrat

A former teacher accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a Southern Illinois school district and using the money for plastic surgery and a boat has pleaded ...



O'Fallon coach made 'unauthorized' changes to press box that could cost school $80,000  Belleville News-Democrat

It was through a partnership with O'Fallon High School District 203 and aggressive fundraising by its baseball program that the city-owned Blazier Field at ...



Columbia and Freeburg get rematch of Week 6 thriller, this time in the playoffs  Belleville News-Democrat

The Freeburg, Illinois Community High School Midgets football team will play the Columbia High School Eagles in an IHSA Class 4A playoff game in Columbia, ...



This boy just sold three chickens for $4,000. He says he now has a nest egg for college.  Belleville News-Democrat

Three cornish cross chickens raised by Southern Illinois teen sold for $4000 during the Governor's Sale of Champions and were named the Grand Champion in ...



Woman struck, killed in hit-and-run accident in East St. Louis  Belleville News-Democrat

Officers says a Southern Illinois woman died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in the road. Cops are investigating to identify the car and the coroner ...



Mother killed 6-month-old son and buried him in wooded area, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

A 22-year-old mother and her friend are charged in connection with the death and concealment of her six-month-old boy, in a case where she and the infant had ...



Man accused of being drunk, using phone in crash that killed mom on motorcycle  Belleville News-Democrat

A Southern Illinois man has been charged with DUI in fatal motorcycle accident that killed a mom and orphaned her son. Officers investigated the crash and cops ...



Ken Bone's son suspended from Belleville, IL, school after tweet  Belleville News-Democrat

School officials say they contacted police about a photo of Ken Bone's son shooting a gun at a range because “there was ambiguous language that raised our ...



Charges say employee took thousands from Wood River Levee District  Belleville News-Democrat

The secretary and treasurer of the Wood River Levee and Drainage District was charged Wednesday with theft of more than $10,000 and official misconduct.



Here's why some lawmakers and candidates want Illinois to switch to a progressive tax  Belleville News-Democrat

Election 2018 news: Illinois candidates, lawmakers opinions on progressive tax proposed by Democrat JB Pritzker in governor's race against Republican Bruce ...



Madison County Board slashes budget by 5% and almost every fund will take a hit  Belleville News-Democrat

The Madison County Board in Southern Illinois decreased its annual budget for 2019, making cuts to the historical museum and to the bridges department.



Metro-east mayor’s house destroyed by flames; she believes someone set home on fire  Belleville News-Democrat

A metro-east mayor's home ignited in flames Monday morning in Southern Illinois. The elected official was able to escape the fire safely but the residence is ...



A Belleville stranger gave her his kidney. They finally met at a Cardinals game.  Belleville News-Democrat

Health news: Belleville, IL man became kidney donor after watching a video of 2 Pennsylvania kids pleading for their sick mom, who needed a kidney transplant.



Convicted murderer accused of stealing stack of poker chips at Casino Queen  Belleville News-Democrat

A Southern Illinois man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a stack of $100 poker chips from Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois after his girlfriend called ...



Officer shoots dog in own yard while cops chase man through neighborhood  Belleville News-Democrat

Police shoot an aggressive dog while they chase a suspect wanted on traffic charges in a Fayetteville IL yard. The suspect is in St. Clair County jail and the dog ...



Man hospitalized after crash on Illinois 161 at Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville  Belleville News-Democrat

A vehicle crash closed down lanes on Route 161 and Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville, Illinois in Southern Illinois early Thursday morning. At least one man was ...



Southern Illinois well represented in bass fishing finals Benton, Crab Orchard, Nashville, Pinckneyville and West Frankfort  The Daily Republican

Benton, Crab Orchard, Nashville, Pinckneyville and West Frankfort high schools qualified for the state bass fishing tournament May 19-20 at Carlyle Lake, with ...



Wood River man charged with injuring boyfriend, puppy  Belleville News-Democrat

Crime: A Wood River man faces two felony charges alleging that he injured his live-in boyfriend and a puppy during a domestic argument on Friday. The puppy ...



Man accused of robbing courier in Millstadt restaurant’s parking lot is arrested  Belleville News-Democrat

Millstadt cops say a suspect approached a courier in the parking lot of Breadeaux Pizza and demanded the money otherwise headed to the restaurant's video ...



Man, woman charged in fatal May crash into Mississippi River  Belleville News-Democrat

Two Chester, Illinois, residents have been charged in connection with a Randolph County, Illinois, car accident that killed a 57-year-old man on May 30 in ...



Medical examiner, cousins testify in murder trial; defense asks that case be dismissed  Belleville News-Democrat

The first-degree murder trial against David E. Fields continued Thursday as a medical examiner took the stand and testified about the fatal injuries Carl Silas ...



Mother shot and killed in East St. Louis; police questioning a person of interest  Belleville News-Democrat

Officers are investigating after a mother was shot and killed outside a building in East St. Louis, Illinois, in Southern Illinois. Cops are talking to a person of ...



Kentucky man arrested in Southern Illinois after high-speed chase on U.S. 40  Belleville News-Democrat

An 19-year-old wanted on a fugitive warrant in Kentucky was taken into custody in Southern Illinois after Highland police engaged in a high-speed chase on U.S. ...



Person shot multiple times outside Belleville apartment building, police say  Belleville News-Democrat

Officers say a person was shot multiple times outside a Southern Illinois apartment complex and they arrested two people in connection to the crime. The person ...



His release from federal prison was less than 2 years away. Then he shanked an inmate.  Belleville News-Democrat

An inmate who was set to be released from federal prison in about a year could have as much as another 35 years added to his sentence for stabbing a fellow ...



Man found dead in East St Louis IL vacant apartment building  Belleville News-Democrat

As Illinois State Police were in the grassy courtyard of the Norman B. Owens public housing complex investigating East St. Louis' 14th homicide death of the ...



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