• Councilman hired as Centralia police chief

    by  • January 28, 2014

    A Centralia City councilman has been named police chief, following the retirement of former police chief Larry Evans. Doug Krutsinger, a retired Illinois State Police detective was named to the post Monday night during the Centralia City Council meeting. As the police chief serves at the behest of the city council, Krutsinger had to...

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    Warming centers available locally as temps plunge

    by  • January 22, 2014

    With another dangerous cold snap in the works, area hospitals and agencies will open their doors to the public as warming centers. They include: Centralia St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital public areas Illinois Department of Human Services office at 800 South Locust in Centralia during regular office hours Mt. Vernon Good Samaritan Regional Health...

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    Nashville man charged with child sex abuse

    by  • January 22, 2014

    A 65-year old Nashville man is in the Washington County jail on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Allen L. Donnell, alleging he touched a female between the ages of 13 and 17. Donnell was formally charged Tuesday in Washington County court with aggravated...

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    Medical marijuana rules released

    by  • January 22, 2014

    A new Illinois law legalized medical marijuana, but until regulations are final, patients still can’t use cannabis without risking arrest. One state agency is giving patients a first look at its proposed rules. It’s an initial step toward sorting out how medical use of marijuana will work in the state. The Illinois Department of...

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    High court hears homecare union case

    by  • January 22, 2014

    The Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay “fair-share” union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their first amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions. The justices heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for Illinois homecare personal assistants who don’t want to be...

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