• Area activities available for long weekend

    by  • October 11, 2013

    For many this is a three day weekend. Due to Columbus Day being recognized Monday, most government offices, schools and banks will be closed. But it’s a good weekend to enjoy some local events. On Saturday the city of Centralia is hosting “Celebrate Centralia” from 3 until 9 p.m. at the Bell Tower Park....

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    Illinois harvest much improved over last year

    by  • October 11, 2013

    Some Illinois corn farmers who faced a dismal harvest last year are seeing a big crop this year. Steven Niedbalski farms near Nashville and last year his best field delivered 40 bushels an acre. This year he’s seeing 150 to 170 bushels an acre thanks to new hybrids and better weather. The corn crop...

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    33 alleged gang members hit with drug charges

    by  • October 10, 2013

    Federal racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and other related charges have been filed against 33 alleged members of a Chicago street gang. The suspects were arrested in raids early Wednesday by local, state and federal agents. Chicago police superintendent Gerry McCarthy said those charged are members of the Imperial Insane Vice Lords, which operates on...

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    Man facing 20 years for tax fraud

    by  • October 10, 2013

    A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he wasn’t bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being convicted of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds. A federal jury convicted 47-year-old Destry Marcotte of Belleville on Wednesday of four counts of filing false claims for...

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    by  • October 10, 2013

    Health Facilities and Services Review Board officer Courtney Avery appears to be trying to wake board member Phil Bradley as he snoozes during Wednesday's hearing about the planned closure of the Murray Center. Bradley was the only member of the board to attend Wednesday's hearing.

    Health Facilities and Services Review Board officer Courtney Avery appears to be trying to wake board member Phil Bradley as he snoozes during Wednesday’s hearing about the planned closure of the Murray Center. Bradley was the only member of the board to attend Wednesday’s hearing.