• Area fire departments issue burn bans

    by  • March 21, 2014

    The National Weather Service has predicted critical fire weather conditions are for today, with low relative humidity, very dry conditions and strong southwest winds. Because of these conditions, the Centralia Fire Protection District and the Kell Fire Department have issued burn banS for their fire districts until further notice. Since these red flag conditions...

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    Measure would name highway after fallen local firefighter

    by  • March 20, 2014

    State representative Charlie Meier is sponsoring a House Joint Resolution that would honor a fallen firefighter by naming a section of highway after him. On December 2, 2012, Bartelso/Santa Fe firefighters were dispatched to a report of a timber fire in their area with further reports that the fire was approaching a residence. Firefighter...

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    Man gets probation for child sex crimes

    by  • March 20, 2014

    A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to four-years sex offender specific probation Wednesday in Marion County  court, after pleading guilty to felony sex crimes. Nicholas A. Weikert was charged in July 2012 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13 and two counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse of...

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    Despite protests, senate approves reappointment of IDOC chief

    by  • March 20, 2014

    The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state’s director of prisons, voting 37-18 to consent to Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment over complaints from Republicans about the performance of S.A. “Tony” Godinez, who is also a Republican. Godinez has been criticized for a number of issues. He followed Quinn’s directive to close two prisons and...

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    Shobonier teen charged as adult in Vandalia shooting

    by  • March 17, 2014

    A 15-year-old Shobonier teen was charged as an adult Monday in Fayette County court, with the Feb. 3, shooting in Vandalia of another male teen. Nathan T. Wiseman has been held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center since the incident in a Vandalia residence, in which another teen suffered a non-fatal gunshot  wound...

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