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Unsung Hero: Steve Venable

MARION -- A Marion crossing guard saved the day after high water blocked the path to school for many students. Read more »

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Unsung Hero: La Fiesta Staff

WEST FRANKFORT -- The Taste of Hope event for Relay for Life in Franklin County was a huge success, not only because of diners, but also because of the staff of one restaurant. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Savannah Simpson

EWING -- A young girl from Franklin County asked for a list of gifts for her 8th birthday. Rather than keeping the toys and games, she donated all of them to a local hospital. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Shannon Wimberly

MARION -- A Good Samaritan steps up to help a homeless man find shelter from the winter cold. A friendship and a humanitarian effort has begun. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Fishing for Hope

CARTERVILLE -- A local fisherman died a few years ago, but his memory lives on through a fishing tournament in his name. The proceeds from that event will help two families in need. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Knifty Knitters

CARBONDALE -- A group of women is using their spare time to turn yarn into warmth and comfort. After two years of knitting hats and scarves the group is growing and helping even more children. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Jump Rope for Heart

BLUFORD -- A little girl is bouncing back after her fourth open-heart surgery in five years. She and her classmates are participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Helping Special Olympics

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is taking place this weekend to support Special Olympics in southern Illinois. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Community Helps Business Rebuild

CARTERVILLE -- One year ago a fire next to Create-a-Smile caused water and smoke damage to the thrift store, forcing them to close for several months. Now they're looking back on this past year with gratitude to the community for all of their help. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Saline County Farm Bureau

HARRISBURG -- The shelves of the Four C's Food Pantry were full Friday, thanks to a large donation from the Saline County Farm Bureau. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Franklin Co. Men Save Crash Victim

MULKEYTOWN -- A car crash last week in Mulkeytown nearly took the life of a Franklin County man. He's alive-- thanks to the quick thinking and heroic actions of two other brave men. Read More »

Unsung Hero: MJHS Unified Partners

MARION -- A group of students from Marion Junior High School are lending their time to help those with developmental disabilities. They're helping through sports and companionship. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Marion Helps Stranded Bus Passengers

MARION -- After a group of 40 passengers were stranded in Marion because their bus caught fire, the community came together to help them. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Alyssa Dawson

BENTON -- A Franklin County girl didn't keep her Christmas money for very long. She donated it to sick kids who need it more than her. Read More »

Unsung Hero: 2013 Year In Review, Lifesavers

WSIL--We take a look back at some of our Unsung Heroes credited with saving lives. This is part two of our Unsung Hero year in review. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Elaina Scerena

MARION -- A Herrin woman has been helping kids have a Merry Christmas for more than five years, by donating Build-A-Bear stuffed animals to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Santa's Candy Cane House

MARION -- At Santa's Candy Cane House in Marion, kids can get their picture taken with Old St Nick and help those in need. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Haleigh-Claire's Cupcakes

HARRISBURG -- Earlier this year Tonya Collins was looking for a way to make money when she decided to start baking cupcakes. Before she could sell the cakes, Tonya would give them away to anyone who was in need of a smile. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Tornado Volunteers

MASSAC COUNTY -- After deadly tornadoes tore through our region Sunday, victims were left to pick up the pieces of what was left. Almost immediately, friends, family, and even strangers lent a helping hand. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Carbondale Police Tackle No Shave November

CARBONDALE -- The Carbondale Police Department is using facial hair to support one of their own. "No Shave November" is a way for the department to raise money for a coworker battling breast cancer. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Early Trick-or-Treating

JACKSON COUNTY -- A young boy from Elkville was going to miss Halloween because of surgery. That's when members of the community decided to open their homes to Karsen so he could still be a kid on Halloween. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Anita Cosby

CARMI -- A White County family is lucky to be alive after their friend saved them from a fire. Not only did she save them from the fire, she also gave them a place to live. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Gayla Borgognoni

CARBONDALE -- A Jackson County grandma is trying to help find a cure for a disease affecting millions of Americans, including her own grandson. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Justin Wiseman

WSIL -- An Eldorado man lost hundreds of pounds to improve his health. He is now inspiring others to change their lives too. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Rich and Jane Henley

HERRIN -- A local couple is investing their retirement into coaching Special Olympics athletes. This year they added a new sport to their calendar which has been more successful than they imagined. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Maria McCormick

JACKSON COUNTY -- A Murphysboro woman turns her daily walk into community service. She collects liter from the main street in town nearly every day. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Mark Faulkner

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A Carterville man will spend an entire day golfing. He'll finish 100 holes for local and national charities. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Happy Feet

MT. VERNON -- A newly formed church is stepping out in the community hoping to provide help to elementary aged kids. They're providing gym shoes for hundreds of students. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Kile Britton

WEST FRANKFORT -- A West Frankfort boy suffers from a rare genetic disorder requiring frequent infusions. Kile Britton's family often holds blood drives or benefits for the young boy. Kile is now "paying it forward" in a special way. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Lisa Thompson

A Buncombe woman helps find homes for pets through social media. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Alan Geary

A Marion man finds a woman trapped for almost two days. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Helping the Homeless

Several people living near Mount Vernon help a homeless man and his dogs. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Year In Review

We take a look back at the Unsung Heroes featured in 2012. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Neighbor to Neighbor

HERRIN -- An Energy woman helps thousands of families in need despite experiencing tragedy herself. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Ellen Conte

Ellen Conte volunteers each year the Du Quoin Holiday Lights Fair Kids Corner making sure children enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Read More »

Unsung Hero: JC Thanksgiving Meal Volunteers

Thanksgiving is often associated with family, but across southern Illinois, community dinners make it possible for everyone to have a sense of togetherness. Read More »

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