• 2014 Trick-or-Treat Times

    by  • October 23, 2014

    2014 Trick-or-Treat Times Below are the official times for trick-or-treating in local communities in the Quad County region.  Please check with your local community leadership for official rules and regulations. Friday, October 24: Centralia, 6-8 PM Wamac, 6-8 PM Thursday, October 30: Kell, 6-8 PM Friday, October 31: Albers, 6-8 PM Alma, 6-8 PM...

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    Multiple fatalities in Vandalia train/car accident

    by  • October 30, 2014

    VANDALIA — It was a horrifying scene last night in Vandalia, as three siblings were killed when the SUV in which they were riding was struck by a freight train. A 10-year-old girl, her 13-year-old brother and 18-year-old step-sister were reported killed in the crash, while the 35-year-old driver and a 9-year-old passenger were...

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    Carbondale man handed 20 year sentence on burglary conviction

    by  • October 30, 2014

    JACKSON COUNTY — Carbondale man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for residential burglary. Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says 50-year-old Charles O. Keene was sentenced Thursday. Besides his sentence, Keene will serve a three year period of mandatory supervised release when he gets out of prison. Keen was convicted following...

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    FTC sues Gerber over false claims on baby formula

    by  • October 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children. That claim is bogus, and the company misled consumers by suggesting that its formula was the first to meet government approval for...

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    Father and son arrested for suspected meth lab

    by  • October 30, 2014

    WAYNE COUNTY — A 56-year-old Wayne County man and his 37-year-old son were jailed Wednesday night after police raided their home and seized a suspected meth lab. Steven L. Cook, and his son, Steven M. Cook were arrested after Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant shortly before 10 o’clock Wednesday night at...

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    Governor’s race set to top $100 million in spending

    by  • October 30, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat Pat Quinn are on pace to spend more than $100 million on the Illinois governor’s race, doubling the state’s previous record in a closely watched contest featuring heavy investment by business and labor. As of Wednesday evening, Rauner had collected $63.75 million and Quinn had raised...

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    Second round of medical marijuana registry to start soon

    by  • October 30, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Aspiring medical marijuana patients whose last names start with M through Z can soon apply to the Illinois Department of Public Health for a registry card. The department begins accepting applications from that group starting Saturday. Illinois has been processing paperwork from thousands of applicants whose last names begin with A...

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