• BCMW ready to make LIHEAP appointments

    by  • August 28, 2014

    BCMW Community Services will begin making appointments for the low income home energy assistance program or LIHEAP, beginning next Tuesday, September 2nd for Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties. Only households with persons 60 years of age or older or households with someone who is currently receiving disability are eligible for an appointment at...

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    Lightning blamed for fire to 150-year-old Hoyleton church

    by  • August 28, 2014

    HOYLETON — Six agencies responded overnight to a fire in Hoyleton that destroyed a historical church. Brent Schorfheide of the Hoyleton Fire Department tells sister station WNSV in Nashville that a neighbor saw lightning strike Zion Evangelical United Church just before 8 p.m. as the storm rolled through the area Wednesday night. During an...

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    Beckley formally charged for weekend shooting

    by  • August 28, 2014

    MOUNT VERNON — A 43-year-old Dix man was formally charged in Jefferson County court Thursday afternoon, charged with aggravated battery among other charges stemming from a weekend shooting. Jefferson County State’s Attorney Douglas R. Hoffman filed charges against Charles A. Beckley, who remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash....

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    Illinois fracking rules to be made public Friday

    by  • August 27, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Long-anticipated rules that will govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to be made public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state’s shale rock in search of oil...

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    State program to study use of industrial hemp

    by  • August 27, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The Chicago democrat signed the measure Tuesday creating a pilot program. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana’s active ingredient. Hemp can be used...

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