Two southern Illinois cities will receive $3 million for development - The Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion will receive $3.2 million in federal funding for a new terminal. The current terminal is 40 years old. The airport connects southern Illinois to St. Louis with 8 daily flights. Mount Vernon will receive a $3.25 million grant to construct a new industrial park. The project is expected to create 500 jobs.
The 2015 US News and World Report list for Best Colleges has come out, and once again Southeast Missouri State University has been named one of the best Midwest colleges. The rankings are determined by graduate and retention rates, faculty, finances, and alumni giving. The full listing is at usnews.com/colleges.
State Representative Kathy Swan has been named a "Champion for Children" by the Missouri Children's Leadership Council. She was one of four representatives awarded the inaugural #KIDSWIN Award. Swan was the sponsor of House Bill 1689, which allowed for state funding for prekindergarten programs.
The Jackson Indians boys soccer team retired number 16, the number Nolan Weber wore as an Indian before he died last year from cancer. His brother, Colton Weber, currently wears 16, and will be the last Indian to do so.