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Franklin County Handing Out Free Face Masks

Dec 11, 2020
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Franklin County is giving away 20,000 free face masks.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency is handing the cloth masks out to Franklin County residents to help combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The masks will be provided in packs of five.

The following are distribution sites for the county:

Franklin-Williamson County Health Department

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Franklin and Williamson County.

Franklin County Courthouse
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The Franklin County Courthouse is unoccupied for the first time is 150 years.

Franklin County Board Moves Forward On New Courthouse

Jul 31, 2019
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The franklin county board is one step closer to their new courthouse.

Wednesday the board interviewed three architect firms to design and build the new courthouse.

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a West Frankfort man in the October 2014 mailing of two threatening letters to officials in Franklin County.

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Franklin County has started the process of replacing their 150-year-old court house on the Benton Square.


After nearly 20 years of discussions and 2 failed referendums Franklin County can start the process of replacing the court house.

Congressman Mike Bost Listening Tour
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Over the last part of April Congressman Mike Bost is hosting an Infrastructure listening tour around district 12.

Congressman Bost wants to take an assessment of the priorities and needs as Congress prepares to create a federal transportation infrastructure bill.

Franklin County authorities have identified the woman whose body was found near Zeigler on Saturday.

The sheriff's office says she is 30-year-old Brandy Hughes of Zeigler.

No one was injured in a minor train derailment in Ziegler.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency says one car derailed Sunday evening on the Union Pacific line when a section of wheels left the rails.  The train was carrying maintenance rock for the tracks.

Ameren will conduct a planned power outage starting late Tuesday night in the Franklin County village of West City.

Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with a fraud investigation.

Deputies say the case involves a Franklin County resident that was traveling and stopped at a gas station in Princeton, Kentucky.

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Two southern Illinois courthouses re-opened Wednesday after a bomb threat.

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Franklin County voters will get a chance to decide if they want a sales tax increase to build a new courthouse.

The county's Board of Commissioners approved placing a one percent sales tax increase on the April 4th ballot.

After a long absence, students in Franklin County will once again have access to training in the construction trades.

Franklin County officials are warning local businesses to watch out for counterfeit checks.

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Authorities in southern Illinois say a man and his 13-year-old grandson are dead after a boating incident on Rend Lake.

Hazardous materials teams were called to an accident in Franklin County Wednesday, and remained on the scene early Thursday morning trying to contain and clean up the spill.