• Study looks for medication to cure hearing loss

    by  • October 21, 2013

    A study at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield is aimed at curbing or even preventing noise-induced hearing loss. A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Defense grant has helped Dr. Kathleen Campbell’s research. She hopes the study will prove her patented drug works in preventing hearing loss in troops. She said very loud...

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    Man on parole for burglary arrested in Odin for burglary

    by  • October 21, 2013

    A 25-year-old west Frankfort man remained in the Marion County Jail Monday, charged with Class 1 felony residential burglary. Scott M. Johnson was arrested Friday morning by Odin police for an October 16th residential burglary. An ex-girlfriend had told police Johnson was the only person who would know how to gain entry to her...

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    Courthouse drug scandal spurs bids for retrials

    by  • October 21, 2013

    The fallout from the courthouse scandal involving former St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook is beginning to take root. Fellow judges are weighing whether to grant retrials to defendants convicted under Cook, who’s been charged with possessing heroin and having a gun while on controlled substances. Cook resigned after federal prosecutors filed charges...

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    Train derails in rural Bond County

    by  • October 21, 2013

    Multiple freight train cars ran off the tracks Monday morning in a small town in Bond County. The derailment occurred just before 5 a.m. in Smithboro, near the intersections of Main Street and E. City Route 40. The Greenville fire and police departments are assisting the Bond County Sheriff’s Department and Smithboro Fire Department....

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    Fellowship and solidarity seen at weekend prayer rally

    by  • October 21, 2013

    It was an afternoon of prayer, fellowship and solidarity in Centralia  for a Saturday rally calling for the Murray Developmental Center  to be kept open. Parents, friends, and employees of the Murray Center, along with families, friends and employees of correctional facilities, are calling on a higher power to keep the home of more...

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    Second cousin apprehended in Harrisburg bank robbery

    by  • October 21, 2013

    Authorities now have both suspects in custody from last week’s bank robbery in Harrisburg. The second suspect, Casey Heflin, was apprehended last Friday in Missouri. Heflin’s cousin, 38-year-old Shawn Gregory, was charged with armed robbery in the hold up of the Old National Bank branch along Rollie Moore Drive last Thursday morning.  

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