• Centralia announces Paul Carpenter as new city manager

    by  • June 5, 2014

    Centralia City Manager Dan Ramey has announced the hiring of Paul “Mace” Carpenter as the new Assistant City Manager effective June 1st, 2014. “Mayor Ashby and the City Council have been individually informed and support my decision in hiring Mr. Carpenter,” says Ramey. “In interviewing “Mace” I was very impressed with his deep rooted...

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    Reward grows in fatal Vandalia arson case

    by  • June 4, 2014

    A Vandalia retailer has raised funds for reward money in a fatal arson case. Circle K has raised $204 to put towards the Crime Watchers reward for specific information leading to the arrest for the person or persons responsible for the fire at Central High Apartments on May 10th in Vandalia, that lead to...

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    Area veterans hospitals under scrutiny

    by  • June 4, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois members of Congress are increasing their scrutiny of veterans hospitals in the state after an internal review showing several dozen patients waited more than three months for appointments at two facilities. A letter from Veterans Affairs officials to two U.S. senators says problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists...

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    Cicada hatch to make for noisy western Illinois

    by  • June 4, 2014

    GAESLBURG, Ill. (AP) — Late spring is about to get a whole lot noisier in western Illinois. University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon says that cicada eggs laid 17 years ago are about to hatch. Nixon told the Galesburg Register-Mail that the noisy insects should start emerging this weekend. He says the males...

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    Parents urged to stop using recalled infant recliner

    by  • June 3, 2014

    A sixth baby has died while using a recalled “Nap Nanny” infant recliner, with safety experts again urging parents to stop using the product. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, the latest tragedy involved an 8-month-old girl from New Jersey. The baby suffocated while secured by a belt, trapped between the...

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    Du Quoin Fair announces 2014 musical lineup

    by  • June 3, 2014

    The iconic rock ‘n’ roll band Foreigner will be playing at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, and they’ll be getting a bit of backup help from local teenagers. Organizers of the August festival say Foreigner will perform at the southern Illinois fair on Aug. 23. The Du Quoin High School choir will...

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