Top local news stories of 2021
12/28/2021 | 7:00 p.m.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY - 2021 has been another busy year for local news. As we approach the New Year, it is time to take a look back at some of the most influential local news stories we have covered over the past year.
In no particular order, here is that list...
December "Quad State Tornadoes"
Underground fire at Sugar Camp Mine burns for months
Three SIU Carbondale students killed in 2021; two murdered
Walker's Bluff Casino Resort finally breaks ground
Local officer killed while attempting to stop vehicle in Metro East
Bear sighting gets attention from local residents
Marion coach terminated for alleged "insensitive remark" torwards student
Southern Illinois Miners baseball team folds
Other stories we followed in 2021
Rich Herrin; local renowned basketball coach
Ray Fosse; MLB star and sports broadcaster who grew up in Marion
Gene Alexander; local principal and educator known for his "good deeds" around the region
Ron Nesler; founder and longtime owner of Nesler's Polar Whip in Energy
David Bunch; co-owner of Walker's Bluff
- All photos are archived material. Please visit our archives for original links and attributions. A special thank you to everyone who supports local journalism through 2021 and beyond!