• Ford recalls more than half-million vehicles

    by  • May 9, 2014

    Ford says it’s recalling more than 692,000 vehicles in North America for two safety problems. The first case covers 692,500 Escape SUVs and C-Max hybrids from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says a software glitch can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in some rollover crashes. The company says it...

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    Centralia mom gets probation in infant battery case

    by  • May 9, 2014

    After pleading guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery to a child under 13, a 20-year-old Centralia woman was sentenced to 30 months probation for failing to stop her infant son’s 21-year-old father from harming the child last summer. Margaret Overstreet was initially charged with the same Class X felony as the child’s...

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    Bail set for Sandoval man in child sex abuse case

    by  • May 9, 2014

    Bail has been set at $100,000 for a 43-year-old Sandoval man charged in Marion County with sexually assaulting a minor. Michael E. Hunt Sr., was charged Thursday morning in Marion County court with Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault. According to Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach, hunt admitted to sheriff’s detective Anthony Decker...

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    Use of food stamps grows in Marion County

    by  • May 8, 2014

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema The use of food stamps in Marion County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. The proportion of Marion County residents receiving food stamps hit 22.0...

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    Vandalia police locate man reported as suspicous

    by  • May 8, 2014

    Vandalia police say they have located the white truck and the driver of the truck that was reported earlier this week to have asked two children to get into his truck. According to police, they are still investigating the incident, but wanted to thank those who came forward and provided information in the case....

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    Organic farm sales more than triple in Illinois

    by  • May 8, 2014

    Sales at organic farms in Illinois more than tripled over a five-year period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s organic farms tallied $26.2 million in sales in 2012, up from $8.6 million in 2007. Kendra Schilling, the local food liaison for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, believes those sales won’t level off...

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