The night sky will offer some rather unusual phenomena tonight. Not only is the full moon what is known as a Supermoon, but there will also be a total lunar eclipse along with a Blood Moon. The total lunar eclipse will begin this evening shortly after 8:00 p.m. with the moon totally eclipsed by 9:11 p.m. The SIU Stadium in Carbondale and Bald Knob Cross in Alto Pass are both expecting many spectators tonight to view the phenomena.
Rome Grade School in Dix was placed on lockdown Thursday after a nearby manhunt for a suspect who allegedly attacked a woman at an old abandoned lumber yard in Dix, then fled on foot. Police later found the man and took him into custody. Charges are pending.
Salem police believe they may have an arsonist at work after two fires this week. The more than century old Brown Shoe Company building was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. Then, an early Friday morning fire destroyed the Pregnancy Care Center and Yohe Laundry buildings on South Walnut Street in downtown Salem.
43-year-old Jeffrey S. Townsend of Winchester, KY has been found guilty of robbing a Saline County bank last December. A jury found Townsend guilty of robbing the First Southern Bank in Carrier Mills on Dec. 10, 2014. Court records show he robbed the bank with a loaded revolver, making off with $7,877. Townsend was apprehended by FBI agents in May of this year in Midland, VA. Townsend remains in custody pending a November 18 sentencing.