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    Illinois schools’ test scores dip under new scale

    by  • September 10, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Test scores for Illinois elementary students dipped significantly in 2013 in both reading and math. But the state board of education says the changes are due to tougher scoring criteria, and students are still making gains. State education officials announced the results today. The overall percentage of students meeting and exceeding...

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    Children’s Safety Expo to be held Saturday in Centralia

    by  • September 10, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Safety demonstrations and fun activities highlight the Children’s Safety Expo on Saturday, September 14,in Centralia . The event is sponsored by State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) “I hope families will take advantage of this event, bring the kids and enjoy all the activities that are planned and get some critical safety information,”...

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    Uncle of missing Willow Long arrested, facing murder charge

    by  • September 10, 2013 • News

    The uncle of 7-year-old Willow Long is in the Effingham County Jail this afternoon, and is expected to be formally charged at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Effingham County Court with first-degree murder. The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office says additional charges could be pending. We have confirmed that 22-year-old Justin Dale Deryke, the brother...

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    Massive search for Willow Long continues

    by  • September 9, 2013 • News

    A massive search continues in Effinngham County for a missing 7-year-old girl. More than 400 to 500 volunteers, including local firefighters and other first responders from our listening area, have been searching near Willow Long’s home in Watson in Effingham County. Police say Willow’s mother had a headache and lay down for 60-90 minutes....

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    Murder trial postponed until October

    by  • September 9, 2013 • News

    A murder trial for an Elkville man accused of the murder of a Jefferson County woman has been pushed back a month due to a change in attorneys. Trial was to begin in Franklin County tomorrow for 39-year-old Donald Lee of Elkville but has been reset for October 8th. Lee has pleaded not guilty...

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    Multiple injuries in SCT bus accident

    by  • September 9, 2013 • News

    According to Centralia police, at approximately 3:30 Monday afternoon, a South Central Transit bus carrying approximately 12 grade school students was involved in a traffic accident with a car. The accident took place at West Broadway and Brooks Avenue, which is near Hardee’s and Ace Hardware, when the front of the bus struck the...

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