• Climatologist: August was dry across Illinois

    by  • September 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) — This August was the third driest August on record in Illinois. Illinois climate experts said Thursday that the statewide average precipitation for August was 1.38 inches. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says August’s precipitation was 2.22 inches below average. Illinois saw its driest August in 1952, when it rained just 1.12...

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    Churches warned of phone scam

    by  • September 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Area churches are being told to be aware of a scam operating in southern Illinois. Local churches have been getting calls from a person identifying himself as “Deputy Robinson” in Roseville, W.V. This person then relates a story, or puts another person on the phone to tell the story. The second person on the...

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    Capitol renovation includes $669,608 for three doors

    by  • September 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The $50 million renovation of the Illinois Capitol building includes three copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608. State officials released the price tag for the doors Wednesday in response to media inquiries more than a week ago. They had first said the cost could not be itemized. Capitol architect J. Richard...

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    Mt. Vernon man sentenced for drug charge

    by  • September 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 27-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced yesterday in Jefferson County Court, to 20 years in prison on a 2008 felony drug charge. Judge Barry Vaughn found Marventi D. Palmer guilty of Class 1 felony manufacture with the intent to deliver between 1-15 grams of cocaine. He also ordered Palmer to pay nearly $4,000...

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    Next Centralia open burn weekend scheduled

    by  • September 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The next approved open burn weekend will be on Saturday, September 7th and September 8th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. it is legal to burn landscape waste only. Landscape waste is defined as being dry leaves, trimmings from trees and shrubs, tree limbs and branches, vines and the like. Landscape waste does not...

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