• House measure would give interest-free student loans

    by  • March 4, 2014

    An Illinois state lawmaker says he’s sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to  college students. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea tells the Belleville News-Democrat that House Bill 5323 would direct the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study a pay-it-forward type of loan program. Under it, students attending...

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    Ill. pension lawsuits ordered consolidated

    by  • March 4, 2014

    The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered that four lawsuits challenging Illinois’ new pension reform law be consolidated. The March 3 order transfers the case filed by a group of retired teachers in Cook County Circuit Court to Sangamon County Circuit Court, where the three other cases were filed. The court says all of the...

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    Murphysboro man gets federal time for meth conspiracy

    by  • March 4, 2014

    A 33-year-old Murphysboro man has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months in prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Michael R. Jines, a/k/a “Mikey,” “Pill Mike,” had previously pleaded guilty to the methamphetamine offense, the 96 month sentence is to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $400 fine. The...

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    Family displaced after Monday fire, needs new home

    by  • March 4, 2014

    Friends and family are working to help a Centralia family after they lost everything in an early Monday morning house fire. Jason Crawford and his three children were able to escape the home safely, and Red Cross responded to help the family with clothing, food and temporary shelter. But the two adults and three...

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    Centralia man charged with felony for severe spanking

    by  • March 4, 2014

    A 25-year-old Centralia father was charged Monday in Marion County court with aggravated battery, for an alleged severe spanking of his 5-year-old son. Joshua Ruscher was arrested after an investigation into an incident alleged to have taken place February 25, when Ruscher reportedly spanked the boy, leaving hand prints on the child. Ruscher was...

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    Weather closings and cancellations

    by  • March 3, 2014

    Due to  inclement weather and dangerous road conditions the following have altered their schedules: Closures and cancellations for Tuesday, March 4: A Ashley Grade School – Closed B Bethel Grade School – Closed Bluford Grade School – Closed C Carbondale Elementary School District – Closed Carbondale High School – Closed Carmi-White County Unit 5...

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