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    Charges dropped against Odin man in meth bust

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    The state Tuesday elected to not pursue felony charges against a 31-year-old Odin man arrested in December on multiple methamphetamine related charges. Robert Corrie was facing two Class X charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing in Marion County Court. One aggravating factor of the charges said more than 400 grams of meth was...

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    Save Murray effort finds an ally in Washington

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    The fight to save the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia has found a powerful friend in Washington, D.C. U.S. Congressman John Shimkus has joined in the effort. Shimkus has submitted a letter opposing the planned closure Murray to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. In his letter the southern Illinois congressman...

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    Seniors and disabled can get help with Medicare enrollment

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare. Agency director John. K. Holton says the counseling assistance is available for participants and their caregivers through Dec. 7. Open enrollment began Tuesday. Counselors from the agency’s Senior Health Insurance Program will help beneficiaries and caregivers understand...

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    Pastor found unfit to stand trial for sex abuse

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    A former Union County pastor has been found mentally unfit to stand trail in a sexual abuse case. Reports indicate 75-year-old Bill Vandergraph is still required to register as a sex offender even though he wasn’t convicted. Vandergraph had been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13...

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    Southern Ill. voters favor reform, term limits

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    Reform, reform, reform – that’s what southern Illinois voters say they support in a new poll. According to the poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, voters are solidly in favor of term limits, open primaries, and changing the redistricting process. John Jackson, co-director of the poll, says,...

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    Centralia tornado sirens sound after power outage

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    An early Wednesday morning traffic accident resulted in many people in Centralia waking up to the sound of tornado sirens. According to Centralia police, at approximately 5:45 Wednesday morning, a man driving in the 600 block of South Hickory struck a power pole, knocking out in power in the area, including to the police...

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