After reading an article over at TechCrunch, there is a site called Trackle that when you sign up and enter your zipcode, among the simple name an email fill out form, you can be notified of several thinks like local crime, sports, stocks, store specials, local events and more.
You can choose to receive a daily digest or messages sent right to your cell phone. It kind of is a way to allow you to choose what you want to view instead of being blasted with everything that you do not want besides what you would normally read.
Right now the site is in beta mode, but I signed up and so far it looks promising as a useful resource for on-the-go information, especially for local stuff. I am not sure how well it would do for the area I live. I am sure there will be a lot more St. Louis and Chicago information rather than southern Illinois news.