• 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...

    Read more →

    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...

    Read more →

    Motor Club says Illinois gas prices dropping

    by  • October 2, 2013

    Gasoline is getting cheaper. The Triple-D Daily Fuel Gauge report finds the Illinois average at $3.46, down from $3.76 a month ago, and from $3.93 last year at this time. Beth Mosher of the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club, says it’s dropping pretty quickly, and that’s really good news for all those traveling out there....

    Read more →

    Trial scheduled in murder of Bonnie woman

    by  • October 2, 2013

    The murder trial of a Jefferson County woman is scheduled to start in Franklin County Court Tuesday. Donald Lee, 39, is charged in the death of Brittany Andrews, 23, of Bonnie. Andrews was found in the parking lot of a Benton business at 10:30 p.m., May 17th, suffering from a gunshot to the head....

    Read more →

    Madigan warns of health insurance scam artists

    by  • October 2, 2013

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people shopping for health insurance on a new online marketplace not to become  the victim of scam artists. The new marketplace opened Tuesday in Illinois and other states across the country. Madigan says scam artists may try to take advantage of the new program. Some may try to...

    Read more →

    Early paroled inmate accused of murder never monitored

    by  • October 2, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Associated Press has learned an ex-convict released from prison early and now charged with murder was never fitted with an electronic ankle monitor as ordered by prison officials. Joshua A. Jones was released from prison on May 3 under a new state early-release policy. He was accused of shooting...

    Read more →