• Snow could keep farmers out of fields

    by  • March 26, 2013

    Spring is off to a cold, wet start, and that has put off much of whatever outdoor work Illinois farmers have wanted to do. From the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois, Statistician Harvey Roemer says central Illinois was not all that moist, but that was before the record snowfall hit Sunday Roemer...

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    Brady seeks more aggressive federal firearms prosecutions

    by  • March 26, 2013

    State Sen. Bill Brady wants federal authorities in northern Illinois to more “aggressively pursue” prosecution of firearms offenses. The Bloomington republican, who’s mulling another gubernatorial run, says he’ll file a resolution in the state senate next week calling on both U.S. Illinois senators to consider that when making their recommendations for the next U.S....

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    Armed car jacking suspect arrested in Nashville

    by  • March 26, 2013

    In a joint effort, area law enforcement this afternoon arrested a suspect in an earlier armed car jacking. The Mount Vernon Police Department was investigating the reported armed car jacking and brought in the assistance of both the Jefferson County and Washington County sheriff’s departments to locate and arrest the alleged car jacker. Washington...

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    Spring storm blasts area

    by  • March 25, 2013

    In what sometimes seemed like a snow storm that just wouldn’t stop, mother nature left more than 8”-10″ of the white stuff in much of the area. While many area schools were already dismissed this week due to spring break, a list of others that are dismissed today due to the weather can be...

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    Orphans take huge lead in mascot contest

    by  • March 25, 2013

    The Centralia Orphans are leading the pack with an astounding 11 million plus votes in the USA Today Best Mascot in the nation contest. With just 2 ½ days left in the race, the Carbon Dinos of Price, Utah and the Kingswood Oxford Wyverns of West Hartford, Connecticut started to vote in slightly larger...

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    CPD investigates alleged rape

    by  • March 25, 2013

    A 15-year-old Centralia boy has been arrested by Centralia police for alleged criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint, after a 16-year-old Odin girl alleged he raped her twice over three days last week, while she was staying with him in a Centralia motel. While the girl claims the boy forced her to have sex...

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