• State to honor late-Beatle George Harrison

    by  • September 16, 2013

    Illinois’ governor doesn’t want a southern Illinois city’s observance of its connection to late-Beatle George Harrison to be just a local thing. Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed Saturday to be “George Harrison Day” statewide. That coincides with Benton’s plans to unveil a historical marker to commemorate Harrison’s 1963 visit to the 7,000-resident city. Harrison’s...

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    Suspected Centralia burglar leaves behind sandals

    by  • September 16, 2013

    A retired Centralia police lieutenant broke up a burglary in progress in his garage Monday morning, resulting in the arrest of a 20-year-old Centralia man on multiple burglary charges. According to Centralia police reports, Bruce Humphrey woke up around 2:30 Monday morning and saw two people inside his garage. The two reportedly fled on...

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    Obit: Karen Foltz

    by  • September 15, 2013

    Karen Lee Foltz, 73, of Patoka passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at Odin Health Care Center. She was born the daughter of Dwight and Lena (Craig) Briscoe on July 24, 1940 in Centralia. Mrs. Foltz is survived by two sons Jeff Foltz and wife, Sheri of Patoka and Mark Foltz and wife Tammy...

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    1st West Nile virus death reported in Illinois

    by  • September 13, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State public health officials say an elderly central Illinois man is the first person in Illinois to die of West Nile virus this season. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the death Friday. They say the Logan County man was in his 80s and died in mid-August. The Macon County...

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    Third diagnosis given for rash of illnesses in IDOC

    by  • September 13, 2013

    A team from the centers for disease control in Atlanta is now in Danville to probe a rash of illnesses at the Danville correction center that has affected 102 prisoners. Department of corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says it has been determined that the illness was not caused by what was originally thought, commenting that...

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