• Capitol renovation includes $669,608 for three doors

    by  • September 4, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The $50 million renovation of the Illinois Capitol building includes three copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608. State officials released the price tag for the doors Wednesday in response to media inquiries more than a week ago. They had first said the cost could not be itemized. Capitol architect J. Richard...

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    Mt. Vernon man sentenced for drug charge

    by  • September 4, 2013

    A 27-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced yesterday in Jefferson County Court, to 20 years in prison on a 2008 felony drug charge. Judge Barry Vaughn found Marventi D. Palmer guilty of Class 1 felony manufacture with the intent to deliver between 1-15 grams of cocaine. He also ordered Palmer to pay nearly $4,000...

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    Services set for Woodlawn man killed by tractor

    by  • September 4, 2013

    Services are set for a 70-year-old man who was killed in a tractor accident on his southern Illinois farm. Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks says Allen Dempsey was mowing hay Monday night on the man’s farm near Woodlawn when he stopped on a hillside and tried to get off the machine. That’s when...

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    Next Centralia open burn weekend scheduled

    by  • September 4, 2013

    The next approved open burn weekend will be on Saturday, September 7th and September 8th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. it is legal to burn landscape waste only. Landscape waste is defined as being dry leaves, trimmings from trees and shrubs, tree limbs and branches, vines and the like. Landscape waste does not...

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    One car accident sends two to hospital

    by  • September 4, 2013

    An accident on the 10,700 block of North Spring Garden Lane in Mount Vernon resulted in 2 individuals going to the hospital. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s report, they responded to a call of a vehicle on fire and found that the home owner, where the accident occurred, had put out the fire....

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    Cell phones smuggled into prison may reflect gang activity

    by  • September 3, 2013

    According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, an Aurora woman working at Stateville Correctional Center reportedly was smuggling cell phones into prisoners. A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of 47-year-old Beverly Turner, with bail set at $40,000. The charges were filed after what is being described by IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer as...

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