• Tuesday last day to register to vote

    by  • March 11, 2013

    Tuesday, March 12, is the deadline for registration to vote in the April consolidated election. According to Marion County Clerk Steve Fox, Tuesday is the last day for registration or transfer of registration and Wednesday is the first day for grace period registration with in-office voting. March 25 will be the first day for...

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    AG to investigate Johnston City police chief

    by  • March 11, 2013

    The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is granting a petition from Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati to have someone from the AG’s office investigate recent allegations of criminal misconduct against Johnston City Police Chief Vernon Campbell.  Campbell stands accused by former Johnston City Police Officer Tim Patrick Jr., who says Campbell hit him in...

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    Help Orphans win: vote early, vote often

    by  • March 11, 2013

    We just want to remind everyone that the Centralia Orphans have made it to the second round of the USA Today High School Most Unique Mascot Contest. The Orphans now represent the entire state of Illinois and are asking for support to carry the competition into the national finals against five other schools from...

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    Police see increase in burglary of senior homes

    by  • March 11, 2013

    The Mt. Vernon Police Department says it has recently seen an increase in residential burglaries involving the elderly. Police believe the offenders are targeting elderly persons who live alone and have been contacting the residents prior to the offense by calling the residence and posing as an alarm company salesman. The police department reminds...

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    Envioronmentalists split on fracking debate

    by  • March 11, 2013

    Illinois’ environmental community is split on its support for proposed legislation that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling. Some environmental groups joined with industry to help draft a bill that would control hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” but others say they’ll push lawmakers for a two-year moratorium instead. About a dozen environmental and citizens...

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