• Experts warn of growing tick population

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Bug experts say they’re seeing an increase in the number of ticks crawling around Illinois this summer. Several species of the blood-sucking bugs are found in the state, but entomologists tell the Belleville News-Democrat that they’ve seen a particular rise in the American dog tick this year. The species can host the rocky mountain...

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    Odin man draws 5-year sentence for battering child

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A 35-year-old rural Odin man was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery to a 5-year-old child. Charles A. Royal had pleaded guilty May 22, to the felony charge of aggravated battery to a child. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Royal in October...

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    Chicago lawmaker takes active interest in Murray Center

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A state representative from Chicago has taken an interest in what’s happening at the Murray Center in Centralia, saying he will continue to monitor the residential facility. Greg Harris, a Chicago democrat, reached out yesterday to Withers Broadcasting regarding Murray. As chairman of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, Harris says he has asked...

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    White presents $1.9 mil in grants to Centralia library

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White was in Centralia Thursday afternoon at the Carnegie Library to present awards of $1.9 million in a public library constitution act grant, $4,500 in a back to books grant and $12,500 in a project next generation grant to the library district. White was joined by Centralia...

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    Law enforcement still looking for man who stole IDOT car

    by  • July 24, 2013

    Law enforcement is still searching for a man who reportedly stole and later crashed an Illinois Department of Transportation station wagon. Tuesday afternoon an IDOT worker looking at a culvert installation along Route 37 just south of Route 161 had stepped out of his vehicle and left the keys inside. Workers reportedly noticed the...

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