Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
Updated at 7:42 AM

Mary Zumwalt Jophlin, the West Frankfort mother charged with murdering her young daughter in July 2011, was present for a brief hearing on Wednesday morning with her attorney Terry Green, as the circuit court's chief judge tried to gauge how much time is needed to get the state's murder case to trial.

Updated at 7:36 AM

Benton Grade School 5-8 teacher Brian Crisp brought four of his photography students to the district school board meeting on Tuesday night to show off their work and talent.

Updated at 1:24 AM

The Carterville Lions and West Frankfort Redbirds advanced into Friday's Illinois High School Association Class 2A West Frankfort Regional Final.Carterville defeated Benton 60-35 before West Frankfort got past Anna-Jonesboro 59-50.

Posted at 1:01 AM

WEEK IN RELIGIONIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that his government is encouraging “mass immigration” of Jewish people to Israel, following several terror attacks targeting Jews in Europe.

Updated at 10:19 PM

There's no need to blacklist cheese from a healthy diet.

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Given his romantic track record, one might think that The Following's Ryan Hardy (

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu intensified Wednesday as top administration officials condemned the Israeli prime minister's plan to address Congress next week, while Netanyahu accused six world powers, including the United...

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Bill O'Reilly and Fox News seem to have decided that the best defense is a good offense. A lot of offense.

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

One of Hollywood's toughest tough guys is going to be elbow deep in dirty diapers pretty soon! (That sounds like the plot for a bad comedy.) Fast and Furious star

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