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Benton Woman Dies after Falling into Burning Leaves Wednesday

BENTON(WQRL/WISH/WMCL) – An elderly woman died after falling into pile of burning leaves in a semi-secluded area of her property in the area of East Taylor and 10th Street in Benton Wednesday afternoon.

According to Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum, firefighters went to that area just after 4:30 p.m. and learned that a neighbor saw the woman and made an immediate call to 911.

Upon firefighters arrival, the woman was found semi-conscious with severe burns. An immediate request for Air Evac was made by Benton Fire and Abbott EMS personnel.

The woman was treated on scene for life threatening burns and transported by air to an appropriate facility where she succumbed to her injuries later that evening.

The incident is still under investigation. Names have been withheld until family members are notified.

The incident was handled by the Benton Fire Department, Benton Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Abbott EMS and Air Evac.

No further details are available at this time.

Open Registration Begins for Southern Illinois Made Expo

Open Registration Begins for Southern Illinois Made Expo

MARION – Open registration begins today for interested businesses and employers to sign up to become a vendor for the highly-anticipated return of the 2022 Southern Illinois Made Expo. After two years of postponement due to COVID-19, this year’s event is set to take place at the Marion Pavilion on October 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…Continue Reading

Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon City leaders braved threatening skies Friday morning to turn dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD). Mayor John Lewis confirmed the project being built by Holland Construction Services will be completed by this time next year. Lewis noted problems the current facility has had with efficiency…Continue Reading

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Saturday’s DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Building in Marion. The service is free and anonymous. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription…Continue Reading

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband Wednesday announced $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state through the second round of Connect Illinois, the state’s broadband expansion plan. Round Two funding includes $23 million in Connect Illinois grant awards matched by $24…Continue Reading

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law legislation that will allow midwives to go through a new licensing process to provide care before, during and after the delivery of babies. The governor said he hopes the bill he signed into law last week will prevent pregnancy-related deaths. Under the law,…Continue Reading

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) on Thursday announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 million in funding for this grant period. Local communities who received…Continue Reading

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Seven southern Illinois communities are among 13 across the state receiving a 2020 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Official said Carterville, Sesser, West Frankfort and Orient will receive $500,000 with Herrin, Marion and Valier to receive $542,000. Through the program, DCEO…Continue Reading

SIC MIG Team Caps Off Record-Breaking Season With 12th State Championship

SIC MIG Team Caps Off Record-Breaking Season With 12th State Championship

HARRISBURG – Southeastern Illinois College’s (SIC) Model Illinois Government (MIG) team was named Outstanding Large Delegation at a recent legislative competition – the highest honor bestowed on a delegation of 10 or higher. MIG is a legislative simulation and moot court with students filling roles as legislator, lobbyist, journalist, attorney, judge and party positions of…Continue Reading

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