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Unsung Hero: Tammy Conn Memorial Baseball Tournament

ELIZABETHTOWN -- A tragic car accident earlier this year claimed the life of a Hardin County teacher. The community is making sure her memory lives on and her children are taken care of. Read more »

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Unsung Hero: Jeannine Baxter

DU QUOIN -- A Du Quoin woman has spent a quarter of a century working at the fair. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Giveaway Day

CARBONDALE -- International students are among the thousands of students moving into SIU this week. But those international students arrive with much less than their American classmates. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Alan Chapman

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- One man is using exercise to clean up his community and help his church. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Jane Williams

MURPHYSBORO -- A Murphysboro woman is spending her retirement volunteering at a food pantry, devoting more than 50 hours a week to make sure thousands of families don't go hungry. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Progress Port and Tom Harness

WSIL -- A southern Illinois newlywed says the kindness of strangers helped save her special day. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Lowe's Delivery Drivers

CARBONDALE -- Lowe's in Carbondale is responsible for bringing happiness to a young boy simply by giving him empty boxes. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Evelyn Fuqua and Khrissy Hollister

CARTERVILLE -- When a little boy had to have brain surgery, his father's hometown showed their support with a hugely successful benefit. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Ashlynn Walters

MARION -- A young girl is spending her summer at Marion Animal Control rather than the swimming pool. She's helping homeless pets who just want a friend. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Hannah's Jar

HERRIN -- A Herrin woman recently lost her battle with cancer. Through their hard time, the family is trying to honor her memory with one of the youngest family members leading the charge. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Alabama Church Builders

SESSER -- A Franklin County church will be able to start services in a new building much sooner thanks to volunteers from Alabama. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Jimmy Wells

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A racecar driver is being hailed as a hero after saving another driver's life. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Christi Thompson Merritt

NASHVILLE -- A Nashville native is celebrating her mother's life through a fun walk raising thousands of dollars for pancreatic cancer research. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Brenda Funkhouser

ELDORADO -- After 45 years as director of the Eldorado Memorial Library, Brenda Funkhouser is retiring. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Josh Bartlow

HURST -- A local boy scout is working toward his Eagle Scout rank through a project titled "Homeless and Hungry." Read More »

Unsung Hero: Jaime Clark Verbeck

CARTERVILLE -- A local girls soccer team is enjoying a lot of success this season after going almost an entire year with no wins. The players and their parents say it's all thanks to their head coach. Read More »

Unsung Hero: Jamie Adams

MARION -- A local high school production of the musical Grease had a different twist after the lead character broke his leg. Read More »

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 »

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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