• Nason man to be sentenced in violent robbery

    by  • January 21, 2014

    MT. VERNON — A 22-year-old Nason man is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for aggravated robbery after he filed an open plea of guilty in July to the charge. Jacob D. West entered an amended open plea in Jefferson County court to one Class 1 count of felony aggravated robbery. In exchange, charges of...

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    Two CORLHS students named State Scholars

    by  • January 21, 2014

    CENTRALIA – Two seniors from Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School in Centralia have been named as 2014-2015 Illinois State Scholars. Receiving the honor are seniors Celia Belli and Mariah Dunavan. The prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), recognized 17,515 high school students from across the state as this...

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    Grain bin fatality reported in Red Bud

    by  • January 20, 2014

    A 44-year-old man died late Monday morning after falling into a grain bin in Red Bud. Emergency officials were called to Guebert Farms off Griggs Road, east of North Prairie Road. The victim has been identified as Jeffrey Guebert. Officials say the victim had been missing for approximately 30 minutes before it was discovered...

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    Dillard would roll back portion of gas tax

    by  • January 20, 2014

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) would keep the per-gallon motor fuel tax in place, but would roll back 70 percent of the 5 percent state portion of the sales tax on gasoline. At today’s price ($3.39 average statewide), that would save consumers about 12 cents a gallon, assuming the saving is passed along to...

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    Carterville boy who fell through ice identified

    by  • January 20, 2014

    A 12-year-old boy died Sunday after falling through ice on a lake off arbor drive in Carterville. A second boy was rescued by neighbors. Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke said the boy drowned. He was pronounced dead 6:16 p.m. at Herrin Hospital. He has been identified as Justin Johnson-Stewart. Authorities said Stewart was...

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