• Jefferson County Courthouse to begin enforcing dress code

    by  • August 15, 2013

    If you’re thinking of wearing pajamas, house slippers, shorts or tank tops to a southern Illinois courthouse, guess again. Jefferson County Court officials will start enforcing a dress code at the courthouse in Mount Vernon on Monday. Sheriff Roger Mulch says “This has been a long time coming.” he says deputies make near-daily announcements...

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    New law bans teen indoor tanning

    by  • August 15, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that bans indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than age 18. The General Assembly sent Quinn the legislation in June. Its supporters include 51-year-old Donna Moncivaiz (mon-sih-VAY’-az) of Beach Park. Moncivaiz is a former tanner who suffers from late-stage melanoma. She testified at a Senate committee hearing...

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    Special shape substitutions for Centralia Balloon Fest

    by  • August 15, 2013

    There has been a change to the special shape balloons that will be seen at this year’s Centralia Balloon Fest. Neither the Rocket Man nor the Mr. Scarecrow special shape balloons will participate in this year’s Balloon Fest; however, the Space Shuttle and the flying lighthouse balloons will replace them. Both of these balloons...

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    IDNR proposes longer duck-hunting seasons

    by  • August 15, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing 60-day duck-hunting seasons for 2013 and 2014. The recommendations were made Wednesday and are subject to final approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later this summer. The IDNR proposes the 60-day duck hunts in all four waterfowl hunting zones in Illinois. It’s also proposing...

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    Group submits petitions to have bond issue on ballot

    by  • August 15, 2013

    A bond referendum will be on the March ballot, after a group of Centralia businessmen circulated petitions to have the measure placed before voters living in the Centralia High School district. According to Roger Campbell, he believes his group has well in excess of the 1,400 petition signatures needed to have the issue on...

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    Homeless man charged with home invasion

    by  • August 15, 2013

    A 31-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail this morning, charged with home invasion, domestic battery and criminal damage to property. According to reports, Brandon Kyle Black, who told police he was homeless, forced his way into a Centralia home Wednesday night and once inside began to batter one of the occupants....

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