• Girl allegedly killed by uncle eulogized as loving

    by  • September 16, 2013

    EFFINGHAM (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old southern Illinois girl who authorities say was killed by her uncle told mourners attending her funeral that she was “wonderful and perfect.” The Effingham Daily News reports Thomas Long was among those who addressed about 150 mourners who attended services Monday for Willow Long at Effingham’s...

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    Carlyle man killed in weekend ATV accident

    by  • September 16, 2013

    A Clinton County man died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle into a tree late Saturday night. According to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss, 47-year-old Kevin Simonton, of Carlyle, was on his way home just before midnight Saturday on Pollman Road near Carlyle when he crashed his ATV into a tree. Others who were with...

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    Fire marshal asked to review two Sandoval fires

    by  • September 16, 2013

    According to the Sandoval Fire Department, a barn fire on a farm north of Sandoval caused an estimated $120,000 damage late Saturday night.   Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says the residents of Pope Road discovered the fire after the 40 by 80 foot pole barn was already fully engulfed in flames. According to...

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    Smoking near oxygen results in Kell fire

    by  • September 16, 2013

    Kell Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says a bedridden man was extremely fortunate not to be burned when a flash fire occurred from oxygen he was using while smoking in bed.   The incident occurred at a  home on Morton Lane in Kell Friday night.  McDaneld reports the man’s caretaker was able to get the...

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    Hundreds of Ill. bridges outdated, insufficient

    by  • September 16, 2013

    Some 200 bridges throughout Illinois are in need of replacement or repair because of their outdated, insufficient design and their advanced deterioration. Those bridges range from spans over the Mississippi to overpasses around Chicago An Associated Press review of national bridge records found that some 7,795 bridges nationwide are classed as both “fracture critical”...

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    Ind. grandfather charged in 1973 death of Ill. baby

    by  • September 16, 2013

    An Indiana grandfather charged in an Illinois baby’s death more than four decades ago is expected in court. An extradition hearing is expected Monday in Porter County, Ind., where Gary Warwick was arrested last Thursday Prosecutors in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County last week charged 62-year-old Warwick in the 1972 death of 1-year-old Joseph...

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