• Caboose joins steam engine in Fairview Park

    by  • August 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Fairview Park in Centralia received a new addition to its railroad attractions this weekend. The City of Centralia officially dedicated Illinois Central Railroad Caboose No. 9415, which was donated to the city from Canadian National Railroad. The bright red caboose was newly renovated before its move to the park. It was in service between...

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    No injuries reported in weekend helicopter crash

    by  • August 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    There were no injuries in a Saturday night helicopter crash in Clinton County. The accident took place just after 6:15 Saturday night, with first responders finding the crashed helicopter north of Highway 161 near Albers. The pilot and his two passengers were uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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    Centralia Balloon Fest launches this weekend

    by  • August 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Attracting more than 40,000 visitors each year to the city’s Foundation Park, the annual Centralia Balloon Fest launches this weekend, with big crowds and ample entertainment expected. More than 40 hot air balloons from across the country are anticipated this year. Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, and the Centralia High School Marching Showcase...

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    Quinn says no Dem rally, speeches at state fair

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says Democrats will skip the traditional rally and speeches at this year’s Illinois State Fair. The Chicago Democrat says Wednesday’s Governor’s Day will instead feature music and family activities. Angry union members booed Quinn at last year’s event. He’s currently being sued by Democratic legislative leaders because...

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    Large bird causes Kell electrical fire

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Kell firefighters responded Thursday night to a call on Route 37 of an electrical fire. When crews arrived, they discovered a large bird had landed on a power pole and shorted out on the high voltage line. Reports note the bird was completely consumed in the ensuing electrical fire. Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld notes...

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