• Special Olympics needs tournament volunteers

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Nearly 160 Special Olympics athletes will compete in the annual fall bowling tournament on Wednesday, September 11, at Nu-Bowl Lanes in Mt. Vernon. This is a very exciting day for the athletes, as bowling is one of the most popular of the 10 sports offered by the area 14 program. However, for this event...

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    Ill. pipeline explosion sends flames 300 ft in the sky

    by  • August 13, 2013

    ERIE (AP) — Federal officials and a Texas company are investigating a pipeline explosion in western Illinois that sent flames hundreds of feet in the air and left a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield. The blast occurred around 11:15 p.m. Monday near the town of Erie, about 27 miles northeast of Davenport, Iowa. There...

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    Large percentage of diabetics live in listening area

    by  • August 13, 2013

    In our listening area, only Marion County ranks below the national average of diabetes, falling just below the national percentage.  According to national center for disease control figures, Jefferson County’s rate is 10.7 percent, Washington County is 10.1 Fayette County is 10.2, and Clinton County is at 8.7, while the national rate is 8.3...

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    Debt ratings downgraded for 7 Illinois public universities

    by  • August 13, 2013

    (AP) Moody’s Investors Service downgraded debt ratings on seven public Illinois universities, including the University of Illinois, and warns more decreases could take place in the future. The bond rating agency took the actions Friday, about two months after it warned it was reviewing all public universities in Illinois because of the state’s precarious...

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    Appellate court rejects Schoolfield’s case; sentences stand

    by  • August 13, 2013

    According to Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth, , the Illinois Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon has entered an order affirming prison sentences imposed on Valerie Schoolfield in January, 2011. Following the death of her 3-year-old son, Joseph, on January 24, 2009, Schoolfield was convicted of felony offenses including endangering the life or health...

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    McCarter: $6 million for Rt. 50 Lebanon Bypass, local projects

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Federal transportation construction dollars once earmarked for a proposed highway interchange near Highland will instead be directed toward numerous other local projects, the largest of which is the U.S. Route 50 bypass at Lebanon, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon). Sen. McCarter announced the funding for the Lebanon project during a meeting of...

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