• Centralia schedules trick-or-treat

    by  • October 3, 2013

    Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby has announced that this year’s trick-or-treat night for the city of Centralia will be on Friday, October 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. for children 12 years of age and under. Please be aware that rain does not cancel trick-or-treat; parents are urged to use their own judgment if inclement...

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    Woodlawn deacon indicted for child sexual assault

    by  • October 3, 2013

    A 68-year-old Woodlawn deacon and retired carpenter is free today on $25,000 cash bond, after having been arrested Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting children. Charles “Charlie” Sanders of Sanders Road in Woodlawn has been indicted in Jefferson County on three Class X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under...

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    Wamac woman gets almost four years on meth charges

    by  • October 2, 2013

    A 29-year-old Wamac woman was sentenced Wednesday in Clinton County Court to more than three years in prison, after she pleaded guilty to methamphetamine related charges. Nicole J. Evilsizer, also known as Nicole Short entered into a negotiated agreement in January, when she pleaded guilty to two Class 2 felony counts of possessing meth...

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    Obit: Marla Jean Willilams

    by  • October 2, 2013

    SALEM — Marla Jean Williams, 56, of Salem, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at Salem Township Hospital in Salem. She was born May 18, 1957, in Flora, the daughter of Larry Logan, of Farina, and Geraldine (Lammers) Hoard.  She married Terry Williams in 2001, and he survives in Salem. In addition...

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    Copper thief’s cigarette triggers house explosion

    by  • October 2, 2013

    Central Illinois investigators say a would-be copper thief was injured during a house explosion that was likely sparked by his own cigarette. Monday night’s explosion heavily damaged a vacant Mattoon home. WAND-TV reports the man likely opened a gas line while stripping copper wire from the property. Then he lit a cigarette, which investigators...

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