• Help Orphans win mascot contest

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    The Centralia Orphans are in the running for a USA Today Most Unique Mascot Contest. Currently the Orphans are barely leading over the Cobden Appleknockers with the contest closing to new votes Tuesday afternoon. The top team from each state advances to National Finals, with the winning school receiving a $2,000 prize for their...

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    Half-million bail for alleged child predator

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    A 21-year-old Iuka man has been arrested for alleged predatory criminal sexual assault of a 6-year-old child. Dustin Michael Phillips was taken into custody Friday night following voluntary questioning by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies. He is accused of having sexual contact with the child on five different occasions in November and December. The investigation...

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    Bill would end captive hunting in Illinois

    by  • March 4, 2013

    The Humane Society calls it “pay-to-play shooting,” referring to the activity known as “captive hunting.” A bill under consideration in Springfield, sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Burke, an Evergreen Park Democrat, would stop any new “captive hunting” facilities from opening. The measure would establish a moratorium on the number of captive hunting facilities for...

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    Climatologist says “winter has arrived in Illinois”

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    The average temperature for February in Illinois was slightly colder than average, after three months of above average temperatures. That’s why Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel is saying winter has finally arrived in Illinois. The statewide average temperature for February was 29.3 degrees. that’s 1.5 degrees below average. and the statewide precipitation was 2.7...

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    Ill. Congressmen discuss senior benefits

    by  • March 4, 2013

    Democratic members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation say preserving Social Security and Medicare is on the top of their agenda. U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, of Naperville, Jan Schakowsky, of Evansville and Tammy Dduckworth, of Hoffman Estates, made that promise to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicaid at a senior citizens’ center in...

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    City has first murder in six years

    by  • March 4, 2013

    A Belleville man is jailed on $5 million bail after being accused in a southwestern Illinois city’s first homicide in seven years. Prosecutors in St. Clair County have charged 37-year-old Kristofer McDavid with first-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Carmen Boyd. Boyd’s body was found Friday by her landlord in her apartment in...

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