• Centralia Balloon Fest launches this weekend

    by  • August 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Attracting more than 40,000 visitors each year to the city’s Foundation Park, the annual Centralia Balloon Fest launches this weekend, with big crowds and ample entertainment expected. More than 40 hot air balloons from across the country are anticipated this year. Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, and the Centralia High School Marching Showcase...

    Read more →

    Quinn says no Dem rally, speeches at state fair

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says Democrats will skip the traditional rally and speeches at this year’s Illinois State Fair. The Chicago Democrat says Wednesday’s Governor’s Day will instead feature music and family activities. Angry union members booed Quinn at last year’s event. He’s currently being sued by Democratic legislative leaders because...

    Read more →

    Large bird causes Kell electrical fire

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Kell firefighters responded Thursday night to a call on Route 37 of an electrical fire. When crews arrived, they discovered a large bird had landed on a power pole and shorted out on the high voltage line. Reports note the bird was completely consumed in the ensuing electrical fire. Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld notes...

    Read more →

    Arrests and overdoses plague Juggalo gathering

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    One man was arrested on drug-related charges and three more suspected drug overdoses were reported overnight at the 2013 gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after a “very large drug...

    Read more →