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    Obit: Marla Jean Willilams

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    SALEM — Marla Jean Williams, 56, of Salem, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at Salem Township Hospital in Salem. She was born May 18, 1957, in Flora, the daughter of Larry Logan, of Farina, and Geraldine (Lammers) Hoard.  She married Terry Williams in 2001, and he survives in Salem. In addition...

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    Obit: Henry “Hank” Peek

    by  • October 2, 2013 • Obituaries

    BREESE — Henry G. “Hank” Peek, 86, of Breese, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, with Fr. Patrick Peter and Fr. William Hitpas officiating. Interment will...

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    Copper thief’s cigarette triggers house explosion

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    Central Illinois investigators say a would-be copper thief was injured during a house explosion that was likely sparked by his own cigarette. Monday night’s explosion heavily damaged a vacant Mattoon home. WAND-TV reports the man likely opened a gas line while stripping copper wire from the property. Then he lit a cigarette, which investigators...

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    Motor Club says Illinois gas prices dropping

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    Gasoline is getting cheaper. The Triple-D Daily Fuel Gauge report finds the Illinois average at $3.46, down from $3.76 a month ago, and from $3.93 last year at this time. Beth Mosher of the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club, says it’s dropping pretty quickly, and that’s really good news for all those traveling out there....

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    Trial scheduled in murder of Bonnie woman

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    The murder trial of a Jefferson County woman is scheduled to start in Franklin County Court Tuesday. Donald Lee, 39, is charged in the death of Brittany Andrews, 23, of Bonnie. Andrews was found in the parking lot of a Benton business at 10:30 p.m., May 17th, suffering from a gunshot to the head....

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    Madigan warns of health insurance scam artists

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people shopping for health insurance on a new online marketplace not to become  the victim of scam artists. The new marketplace opened Tuesday in Illinois and other states across the country. Madigan says scam artists may try to take advantage of the new program. Some may try to...

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