• Breese man alleges Ondessonk church camp sex abuse

    by  • April 1, 2014

    A Breese man has filed a lawsuit against the Belleville Catholic Diocese alleging a priest sexually abused him when he was a boy attending church camp in the early 1970s. The man, referred to as J. Christ in court documents, alleges former priest Robert J. Vonnahmen abused him at camp Ondessonk in Ozark, Ill.,...

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    Orphans again compete for Best Mascot title

    by  • March 31, 2014

    Do the Orphans have what it takes to bring in another win in the USA Today Best Mascot contest? Last year the Orphans brought in more than 25 million votes in the final round to win the title of America’s Best High School Mascot. Voting in this year’s contest began Monday, with 408 of...

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    Fiery crash in Centralia sends three to the hospital

    by  • March 31, 2014

    Two people had to be extricated from their vehicle Monday, following a fiery crash on South Poplar Street in Centralia. According to reports, an SUV driven by 20-year-old Chelsea Branch, of Centralia, collided with a UPS semi-truck driven by 36-year-old David Schaefer, of Bonnie. Details into what led to the collision are still not...

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    April spring cleaning planned in Salem

    by  • March 31, 2014

    Spring is definitely in the air and April is about spring cleaning in Salem, with multiple events scheduled throughout the month. Starting April 1, and running through April 5, is Neighbor to Neighbor. Keep Salem Beautiful volunteers will be working in the yard of an area resident. Then from April 7th, rough the 12,...

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    Centralia traffic stop results in two felony drug arrests

    by  • March 31, 2014

    Centralia police arrested two people Saturday night, after a traffic stop resulted in the alleged discovery of a controlled  substance. According to reports, 21-year-old Ricosha Young, of Centralia, was arrested after she was being walked away from the vehicle and reportedly dropped a baggie holding multiple other baggies that contained a substance that field...

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