• Sunday house explosion kills 83-yo Du Quoin man

    by  • August 12, 2013

    An 83-year-old man was killed and more than a dozen homes were damaged after a weekend explosion in the southern Illinois community of Du Quoin. The blast was reported around 9:30 a.m. Sunday and leveled one home. The coroner pronounced Harold Pundsack dead at the scene. A second person suffered only a minor hand...

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    Springfield CILA home destroyed by fire

    by  • August 12, 2013

    A Springfield group home for people with cerebral palsy was destroyed by a weekend fire. The State Journal-Register reports the home operated by United Cerebral Palsy was destroyed Sunday afternoon. Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says the three people who lived in the home, along with a property manager, were at church when the...

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    Fayette County man mauled by captive bear

    by  • August 12, 2013

    BEECHER CITY, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man was mauled by his black bear at a farm in rural Fayette County. WNOI-FM reports Marion Julius suffered a broken hip and leg as well as bites to his arm when he went into the bear’s cage Sunday. He was airlifted to a St. Louis...

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    Caboose joins steam engine in Fairview Park

    by  • August 12, 2013

    Fairview Park in Centralia received a new addition to its railroad attractions this weekend. The City of Centralia officially dedicated Illinois Central Railroad Caboose No. 9415, which was donated to the city from Canadian National Railroad. The bright red caboose was newly renovated before its move to the park. It was in service between...

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    No injuries reported in weekend helicopter crash

    by  • August 12, 2013

    There were no injuries in a Saturday night helicopter crash in Clinton County. The accident took place just after 6:15 Saturday night, with first responders finding the crashed helicopter north of Highway 161 near Albers. The pilot and his two passengers were uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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    Centralia Balloon Fest launches this weekend

    by  • August 12, 2013

    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...

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