• Large bird causes Kell electrical fire

    by  • August 9, 2013

    Kell firefighters responded Thursday night to a call on Route 37 of an electrical fire. When crews arrived, they discovered a large bird had landed on a power pole and shorted out on the high voltage line. Reports note the bird was completely consumed in the ensuing electrical fire. Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld notes...

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    Arrests and overdoses plague Juggalo gathering

    by  • August 9, 2013

    One man was arrested on drug-related charges and three more suspected drug overdoses were reported overnight at the 2013 gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after a “very large drug...

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    Annual meteor shower visible this weekend

    by  • August 9, 2013

    The annual Perseid meteor shower will blaze across the sky from tomorrow night through early Tuesday. Astronomer Larry Ciupik says it would be a good idea to face northeast and watch the show. You will have to stay up late to see the Perseids at their peak; the best viewing comes from midnight to...

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    Area hospitals included in $71.3 mil grant program

    by  • August 8, 2013

    Hundreds of hospitals are getting millions of dollars from the state. As a part of the Illinois Jobs Now program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $71.3 million in grants to hospitals. “These investments create hundreds of good construction jobs while helping these hospitals provide better service to the thousands of patients they serve every single...

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    Feds: Ex-state worker took $433,000 in kickbacks

    by  • August 8, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a onetime chief of staff to the former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health took $433,000 in kickbacks for steering grant and contract money to certain groups. An indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield says Quinshaunta Golden faces one count of bribery and...

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