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    Beckley formally charged for weekend shooting

    by  • August 28, 2014 • News

    MOUNT VERNON — A 43-year-old Dix man was formally charged in Jefferson County court Thursday afternoon, charged with aggravated battery among other charges stemming from a weekend shooting. Jefferson County State’s Attorney Douglas R. Hoffman filed charges against Charles A. Beckley, who remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash....

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    Illinois fracking rules to be made public Friday

    by  • August 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Long-anticipated rules that will govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to be made public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state’s shale rock in search of oil...

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    State program to study use of industrial hemp

    by  • August 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The Chicago democrat signed the measure Tuesday creating a pilot program. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana’s active ingredient. Hemp can be used...

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    Murray Parents file appeal of federal ruling

    by  • August 27, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO — As we reported earlier this month, attorney’s for the Murray Parents Association had filed a notice to appeal a federal judges ruling in the case against the state of Illinois and its efforts to shutter the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. The appeal has now been officially filed in the...

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    Obit: Edna Caraker

    by  • August 27, 2014 • Obituaries

    CENTRALIA — Edna Marie Caraker, 90, of Centralia, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Centralia Manor in Centralia. She was born December 3, 1923 in her home in Centralia, the daughter of Frank William and Rose Marie (Lolling) Hanseman. She married Donald Caraker on December 5, 1950 at the...

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