• Weekend fire results in meth charges for Centralia man

    by  • January 28, 2013

    A weekend mobile home fire off Raccoon Lake resulted in a 49-year old Centralia man being arrested on methamphetamine allegations. David Wesley Millner, was formally charged this morning in Marion County Court with felony manufacture of less than 25 grams of meth and felony possession of meth manufacturing material. Centralia firefighters were called to...

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    Illinois mental health care system overwhelmed

    by  • January 28, 2013

    As lawmakers debate ways to prevent another mass shooting, Illinois mental health advocates say more attention — and money — must be directed to a system they describe as overwhelmed. Between 2009 and 2012, Illinois slashed funding for community mental health programs by more than 30 percent. According to the National Alliance on Mental...

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    Shimkus nominates area students to military adademies

    by  • January 28, 2013

    Congressman John Shimkus has released his list of nominations to the four military service academies, including a number of students from our listening area. Meredith Daniels of Iuka was nominated to both the Air Force Academy and West Point. Deven Hudson-Greenlee of Centralia was nominated to the Air Force Academy; Lucas Foppe of Breese...

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    Area unemployment drifted upward in December

    by  • January 28, 2013

    While unemployment remained steady for the state as a whole, numbers in Southern Illinois counties saw increases. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the seasonally unadjusted numbers for Marion County went up from 10.8 to 11.3 percent; and Jefferson County went up from 7.9 percent to 8.6 percent. Washington County unemployment went...

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    Marion County coroner releases 2012 statistics

    by  • January 28, 2013

    Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon has released his annual summary for the 2012 calendar year. Cannon reports a total of 441 deaths in Marion County last year, down from 504 in 2011 and 544 in 2010. Of the 441 deaths last yr, the coroner’s office conducted investigations into 128 of them, three less than...

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