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    Dodds and Ina again look at school consoliation

    by  • June 10, 2014 • News

    Two of Jefferson County schools are working on a new plan for consolidation. Last year, Dodds and Ina tried merging with Opdyke Belle Rive but the referendum didn’t get enough votes. Under the new plan, the districts want to drop Opdyke and try a two-school consolidation. Budget cuts in recent years have forced both...

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    Council approves moving city hall to former CRC building

    by  • June 10, 2014 • News

    The Centralia City Council Monday night unanimously approved during work session a proposal to move City Hall and its offices to a downtown location. Mayor Tom Ashby had previously proposed the move to the former Community Resource Center building on Locust and Broadway, which would leave the current City Hall available to house police...

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    Jury convicts Ill. state rep of bribery

    by  • June 10, 2014 • Breaking News

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator. Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days. At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70...

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