• Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • April 24, 2013

      April 24th, 2013 Drug Arrest Justin Heern, 32, of Centralia was arrested Wednesday night for alleged possession of a controlled substance and was cited for driving with a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Heern was taken into custody and transfered to the Marion County Jail. April 23rd, 2013 Warrant Arrest...

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    Wilken pleads not guilty to daughter’s shooting death

    by  • April 23, 2013

    The Centralia father charged with shooting his 21-year old daughter to death entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday afternoon during court proceedings which included a preliminary hearing in the matter. Charles E. Wilkin, 56, was charged just after Easter weekend with one count of murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter of a...

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    Miss. River stretch reopens after barge breakaways

    by  • April 23, 2013

    A stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis is reopened to shipping after the Coast Guard concluded 11 barges that sank last weekend in the rain-swollen waterway weren’t a hazard to navigation.   The 15-mile stretch was reopened Monday, while investigators continue trying to determine what caused 114 barges to break free Saturday night...

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    Secretary of State encourages online renewal

    by  • April 23, 2013

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says Earth Day is a good reminder that Illinois motorists can go green by registering to receive vehicle renewal notices via email. His office says registration tables are being set up in downtown Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center through Tuesday where the public can submit email information to customer...

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    Throw bums out? Try balancing Ill. budget online

    by  • April 23, 2013

    Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis? Now you can do more than cry, “Throw the bums out!” Two Chicago think tanks and Crain’s Chicago Business have developed an interactive online “Illinois Budget Calculator.” It puts the budget’s general fund — half of the state’s total spending...

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