Friday, September 16, 2016

Williamson County Airport Authority receives $1.6 million federal grant

MARION — It’s been a busy couple of day for the Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion.

On Friday, the Williamson County Airport Authority was awarded a grant of $1.6 million for improvements to the runway at the airport, announced Congressman Mike Bost.

“This is a significant investment in an important hub of transportation for many thousands of residents in and around Williamson County,” Bost said in a statement. “This airport is seeing an increase in traffic and the improvements to the runway are another sign this expanding airport continues to add to the economic growth of Southern Illinois.”

The improvements could include rehabilitating the current runway surface and lighting. Bost says the grant money is being allocated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

That isn’t where the commotion stops at the airport.

On Thursday, the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois received a $10,000 donation from Peoples National Bank.

The check presentation took place at Williamson County Airport.

“Peoples National Bank is committed to serving our veterans and is proud to honor them by being a strong supporter of the Veterans Honor Flight,” said Bill Bonan II of Peoples National Bank.

The Veterans Honor Flight is a nationwide network dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials honoring their service.

Donations can be made to the Honor Flight online at, or by mail at Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois, 10400 Terminal Drive, Suite 200, Marion, or at any Peoples National Bank location in Southern Illinois.


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