• Salem retailers compliant in tobacco checks

    by  • February 27, 2014

    All inspected Salem retailers were found to be compliant in a recent tobacco compliance checks, according to police Sergeant Susan Miller. A total of 18 retailers in Salem were inspected in the second of three rounds of compliance checks and all were found to be in compliance with the law by not selling tobacco...

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    Sanders ranked highest among judicial candidates

    by  • February 27, 2014

    According to a recent judicial advisory poll, Judge Ericka Sanders scored highest among the judicial candidates in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Sanders, a Salem democrat, is running unopposed in the March 18 primary election. She will be running against attorney Martin Siemer, a Teutopolis republican, in the November general election. The winner of that...

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    After three days, jury convicts Vandalia man on meth charges

    by  • February 27, 2014

    After three days of jury trial, a 40-year-old Vandalia man was found guilty of multiple felonies connected to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Michael T. Fickes was found guilty of aggravated participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class X felony; participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine, also a Class X felony; unlawful possession of...

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    McCarter drops effort to appeal gay marriage law

    by  • February 24, 2014

    Illinois state Senator Kyle McCarter, a republican, has ended an effort to repeal Illinois’ Gay Marriage Law approved by lawmakers last year. Following a federal judge’s ruling handed down Friday that there is no need for gay couples to wait for the law to take effect in June, McCarter announced that he was withdrawing...

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