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    Area fire departments issue burn bans

    by  • March 21, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The National Weather Service has predicted critical fire weather conditions are for today, with low relative humidity, very dry conditions and strong southwest winds. Because of these conditions, the Centralia Fire Protection District and the Kell Fire Department have issued burn banS for their fire districts until further notice. Since these red flag conditions...

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    Obit: Delphine Baldridge

    by  • March 20, 2014 • Obituaries • 0 Comments

    IRVINGTON — Delphine C. Baldridge, 89, of Irvington, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Centralia Manor in Centralia. She was born August 17, 1924 in Irvington, the daughter of Arthur and Sophie (Weber) Niemeier. She married Kenneth Troy Baldridge on October 5, 1947 in Irvington, and he preceded her in...

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    Man gets probation for child sex crimes

    by  • March 20, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to four-years sex offender specific probation Wednesday in Marion County  court, after pleading guilty to felony sex crimes. Nicholas A. Weikert was charged in July 2012 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13 and two counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse of...

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    Despite protests, senate approves reappointment of IDOC chief

    by  • March 20, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state’s director of prisons, voting 37-18 to consent to Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment over complaints from Republicans about the performance of S.A. “Tony” Godinez, who is also a Republican. Godinez has been criticized for a number of issues. He followed Quinn’s directive to close two prisons and...

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