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BenGil Post: the future! Your guide to keep up with the latest news

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Different people have different understandings of the word “news” but we can pretty much all agree that news needs to be up to date, current, and inviting. Because otherwise, ew.

Do you feel out of the loop? Do you not check Facebook every 5 minutes? Or do you want to be the first person on your block that can see the latest news, pictures, or reminders? I bet you do too. We want you to be the person standing on your front porch screaming to all the other lonesome neighbors that you found out something before they did.

Think about it. They will envy you as they wait for their newspaper to arrive in the mail. This is your chance… be the neighbor that receives the news first. The neighbor that has to explain everything to your other, out of the loop, neighbors.

So, how do you get in on this? All you have to have is an email. Oh, and a computer. No outdoor mailbox is needed for this one. No light is needed to read our news in the dark. And no, you won’t have to work tirelessly to fold it back together right.

Join our email program! You will receive a weekly email newsletter that wraps up of all the stories published and even includes the links to the articles so you can reread them, or forward them to your neighbors. You will also receive reminders of events going on in the community. Like car washes, fundraisers, sporting activities, and all the other stuff you used to miss because you were one of those people waiting for the newspaper on Saturday.

Above all else, you will receive an email when new pictures are uploaded to our Facebook page. Because, we know you like to be noisy and look at everything. Hey, maybe you might even see a picture of your neighbor! You could even print it out and show them, and then what will they think of you. Don’t get any strange ideas here.

Everything you know about the BenGil Post is… still right. We just are adding a lot more of exciting features to our website. It’s like when the nerdy girl becomes the belle of the prom just by taking her glasses off – except we’re leaving the glasses on. Read on to see the dance moves you didn’t know we had in us…

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Daily news. News will still be posted each and every day featuring the latest happenings around the BenGil area, all for free. News will still be updated throughout the day. It isn’t “news” if it arrives every 7 days. Gone are the days of being confined to a limited number of pages.

Email program. This is how you will keep up with us, or at least try to. We will beam your inbox as soon as we post pictures, finish the news week, or get a notification of something happening in the community. Just call yourself privileged.

And speak up, jeesh. Don’t hold back. How will you ever go to sleep at night if you wish you would have said something you didn’t say? Share opinions and advice with our no-holds-barred community with the updated Disqus feature on our website. Just type what is on your mind. There is a discussion area at the bottom of each and every article. It’s easier than cheating at Solitaire.

We’d love to tell you more about the redefined Post, but you’ll have a lot more fun discovering it for yourself. If we may be so bold, we think our site is an exponential explosion of awesomeness. If you have any questions, let ‘em rip in the discussion below. But know this: we’re still not taking off those glasses.

What are you waiting for? Subscribe to our email program by clicking here. You can also scroll to the top of the homepage and click on “subscribe by email”.

Thank you for reading!

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Thunderstorms, winds, snow, freezing rain coming to BenGil area

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Another major winter storm is forecasted to blanket the BenGil area in heavy rains, flooding and snowfall starting Wednesday night through Thursday.

The mixture of precipitation and rapidly changing weather likely will produce the potential for sudden icing on roads, with high winds leading to blowing snow and reduced visibility.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation’s snow-and-ice teams will be prepared and out in force, but the public needs to be ready for conditions to change quickly and worsen if they are out on the roads,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “As always during periods of extreme weather, the safest option is to postpone any unnecessary trips and stay home. If you must travel, prepare for very slow and potentially hazardous conditions. And please slow down around our plows and other emergency vehicles, giving them plenty of room to do their jobs.”

The National Weather Service is predicting a wintry mix of precipitation to start with thunderstorms and heavy rain in much of the state this evening, converting to freezing rain overnight before turning to snow Thursday morning. In addition to localized flooding, ice and sleet accumulations are likely, creating extremely slippery surfaces and slick conditions.

Due to the rainy conditions ahead of temperatures falling overnight, the effectiveness of pretreating and salting surfaces in advance of significant snowfall will be limited. The public should anticipate icy conditions even when roads appear clear and greatly reduce speeds. 

“As the Illinois State Police plans to take on the unpredictable Illinois weather, we would like to remind motorists to do their part in keeping the roads a safe place,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly.  “ISP, alongside IDOT and other agencies, will be working in hazardous weather conditions. Please remember to slow down, stay vigilant and move over for ANY vehicle on the side of the road.”

Statewide, IDOT has available more than 1,800 trucks and equipment to plow, treat roads and respond to weather emergencies. If you encounter a plow or any maintenance vehicle during your travels, please slow down, increase your following distance and remain patient. Do not attempt to pass – conditions in front of the plow will be worse than behind it.

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Police investigating death of Bunker Hill woman

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Police are investigating the death of a Bunker Hill woman who was found dead at the end of her driveway near the roadway on Monday morning, January 31.

Nancy Blycker, 91, had multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to the 2900 block of Wood Hill Lane around 7:40 a.m. on Monday.

The initial suspicion was homicide, according to a release by the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis who said approximately 20 investigators were working the investigation, but the autopsy contradicted that suspicion.

The Major Case Squad said on Tuesday it is “highly unlikely” Blycker’s death was the “result of homicidal means.”

The Major Case Squad turned the case back over to the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department. The official cause of death is pending further lab analysis.

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Winter storm warning issued for BenGil area

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the BenGil area, southwestern Illinois, and the St. Louis area.

The warning was issued early Tuesday taking effect at midnight tonight until noon on Thursday, February 3 calling for a “wet, heavy” snow. The forecast also calls for ice prompting a warning about possible power outages.

“All indications continue to point to a disruptive, impactful, and dangerous winter storm impacting the region starting late tonight and lasting through Thursday night,” the National Weather Service said in its Area Forecast Discussion.

The BenGil area is expected to receive heavy mixed precipitation including snow accumulations between 6 and 10 inches, sleet accumulations around three-quarters of an inch, and ice accumulations around two-tenths of an inch. Wind gusts will be as high as 35 mph on Thursday.

The storm is expected to start with rain most of the day today before transitioning into a mixture of freezing rain and/or sleet Tuesday night, then all snow Wednesday morning or as late as Wednesday afternoon continuing until about noon on Thursday.

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