Archive for April, 2012

James H. Shellnutt, Jr

James H. Shellnutt, Jr, 52, of Goreville, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM in Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah,KY as a result of a car accident. It was Mr. Shellnutt’s heroic decision that his viable orga...


Consolidation, elimination proposed by Quinn

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is looking at a proposal to consolidate 20 ISP communication centers down to four, putting a call center in Ullin on the chopping block in another budgetary maneuver proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn lo...


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Summer temps allow early start to hiking season

    Cincinnati, Ohio native Josh Gordon, 25, made his way through Goreville Monday on his way west to Fort Collins, Colo. after starting out from his home nearly three weeks ago and hooking up with the River-to-River ...


Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy Robert Bradley gives voice guidance to vision-impaired-goggle wearing Goreville Freshman Morgan Potocki as she takes out another cone on the course at the fourth annual Williamson County Traffic Safety Days held at the Pavilion in Marion Friday afternoon.  More than 1,000 students from 22 high schools throughout Southern Illinois attended the program that helps teach soon-to-be drivers about the importance of traffic safety.  ~ photo by Joe Rehana

Goreville students participate in Traffic Safety Days

The Goreville drivers of tomorrow spent Friday afternoon attending the fourth annual Williamson County Traffic Safety Days held at the pavilion in Marion. Students between the ages of 15 and 16 who are about to start driving or...



Clayboy Shadowens prepares to steal second at the bottom of the 8th and Elgin (Westminster Christian) High school is ahead by two Thursday evening, March 29,  at the Goreville High School.  The Blackcats managed to tie the game again taking it into a tenth-inning overtime where the Blackcats won the game 7-6 while hanging on with two outs.

Blackcats baseball week 3 roundup

March 31 vs. Carterville The baseball Blackcats picked up a 4-2 win over Carterville last Saturday at Goreville. Junior Dayton Tripp pitched the complete game for the victory. The Cats were ahead 1-0 after three innings. They m...


Truman Merriman Jr.

Truman Merriman Jr.

Truman Merriman Jr., 81, of Goreville, died on April 1, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services were held at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville on Tuesday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Mr. Merriman was born on Aug. 5, 1930, t...


Illinois state rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) speaks at a pre-hearing press conference held at Shawnee Community College in Ullin Monday afternoon in support of keeping Tamms Correctional Center open.  Gov. Pat Quinn proposed the closure of Tamms to provide for an expected annual savings of $26.5 million to the Illinois budget.  In accordance with the Illinois State Facility Closure Act, which requires a public meeting of the commission for any state facility slated for closures that employs 25-or-more people.  Bradley was joined by elected officials from both parties in support of keeping Tamms open. The commission will submit its report to the governor by early May in a non-binding resolution that Quinn may choose to accept or not.  ~ photo by Joe Rehana

State Commission holds hearing on Tamms closure

Illinois state officials sit before the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability panel at Shawnee Community College Educational Center in Ullin Monday afternoon to argue in defense of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal ...