• Bail at $100k for Centralia man charged with domestic battery

    by  • July 4, 2014

    SALEM — Bail has been set at $100,000 for a 54-year-old Centralia man charged in Marion County court with domestic battery that allegedly involved strangling of the victim. Samuel Burr was charged Thursday with Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery involving strangling and misdemeanor domestic battery causing bodily harm. Burr was free on $500...

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    Hawkins named interim superintendent; special meeting Saturday

    by  • July 4, 2014

    CENTRALIA — Former Centralia City Grade School Superintendent Tom Hawkins has been named interim superintendent until the board finishes its search for a new superintendent to replace David Rademacher. Rademacher resigned effective June 30th to become superintendent at the Meridian School District in Mounds, Ill. Radamacher had replaced Hawkins when he retired. The board...

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    Menard inmates attack 5 staff. Prison on lockdown

    by  • July 3, 2014

    CHESTER — Five staff members at Menard Correctional Center were attacked by several inmates on Thursday, according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Ty Peterson, staff representative for AFSCME, said the attack happened at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 in the dietary department. According to Petersen, two food supervisors,...

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    Another Quinn appointee resigns from IDOT

    by  • July 3, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — A deputy director of the Illinois Department of Transportation has resigned days after the agency’s transportation secretary amid questions about hiring. IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin confirmed that agency deputy director of finance and administration Mike Woods resigned effective Wednesday. The 32-year-old Woods is a former agency personnel chief. Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn...

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    Centralia man to be honored for time in Negro Leagues

    by  • July 3, 2014

    CENTRALIA — An 85-year-old man from Centralia will be honored Friday night for his contribution to baseball as part of the Negro Leagues that were formed before the major leagues were integrated. Melvin “Buck” Duncan will throw out the first pitch Friday night at Rent One Park in Marion. Raised in Centralia, Duncan spent...

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    Centralia woman gets prison time for animal cruelty

    by  • July 3, 2014

    SALEM — A 44-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced to prison for animals cruelty, after she allowed two dogs to starve to death when she left them behind in a rental home from which she had moved. Christy Schmidt was sentenced to two years in the Illinois department of corrections for felony aggravated cruelty...

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