• Abraham Lincoln handwriting verified on book about race

    by  • August 6, 2014

    CLINTON — Historical experts say they’ve found Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting inside a tattered book justifying racism that he may have read to better understand his opponents’ thinking on slavery. “Types of Mankind” was published in 1854 and circulated for decades by the Vespasian Warner public library in Clinton. Director Joan Rhoades brought the 700-page...

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    Highland teachers file notice to strike

    by  • August 6, 2014

    HIGHLAND — Teachers in a southern Illinois school district have filed a notice of intent to strike as contract negotiations are ongoing. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Tuesday that a teachers union in Highland filed the notice with the Illinois Labor Education Relations Board last week. Roughly 10 area school districts are negotiating contracts. Highland...

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    Assessor measure dies in Marion County committee

    by  • August 6, 2014

    SALEM — An item regarding the future of the Marion County Supervisor of Assessments office died in committee Tuesday night, due to a lack of action. Because so many people attended Tuesday night’s committee meeting, it had to be moved from the county board room at the courthouse to the large courtroom upstairs. The...

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    Stoops gets 180 days for injuries to infant son

    by  • August 5, 2014

    SALEM — A 26-year-old Central City was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to 180 days in jail, after he pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge of reckless conduct resulting in the bodily harm of his infant son. Jeffrey A. Stoops pleaded guilty to Class 4 felony reckless conduct resulting in great...

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    Pair charged with meth related child endangerment

    by  • August 5, 2014

    HERRIN — Two Saline County residents are facing meth charges after a traffic stop in Herrin. It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of south Park Avenue. Energy police say they found an active meth lab, along with a 10-year-old child, in the vehicle. Misty L. Rector, 34, and Joshua...

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