• BCMW looking for count on area homeless

    by  • January 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Marion County’s homeless and the homeless in three neighboring counties will be the subject of a headcount being conducted Tuesday by BCMW Community Services. BCMW hopes to be able to get a picture of how big the problem is and what local needs are. It will also help the group secure funding. The count...

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    Psych eval ordered in Centralia arson case

    by  • January 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 40-year-old Centralia man charged with residential arson has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Shawn A. Reichenbach is alleged to have set fire to his mother’s Chipwood Lane home on December 30th an incident reportedly witnessed by police officers. Police reports indicate Reichenbach then approached officers and asked them to shoot him....

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    Area native performs at inauguration

    by  • January 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Mount Vernon native, Major Brent Hampton marched as a member of the Marine Corps’ service staff during the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday. Hampton, along with four other officers and other Marine Barracks marching and musical units, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, passed the White House and arrived at the capitol before the inauguration...

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    Okawville Jr/Sr High school on lock down

    by  • January 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Okawville Jr/Sr High school was on lock down earlier this afternoon according to Senator David Luectefeld from what the superintendent told him the school was on lock down from 11:30 until 2 o’clock this afternoon after schools officials found a note that had a message that had the word “gun” in it. The police...

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    Expert calls for pension division decision

    by  • January 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Cutting future raises would damage the value of state pensions, according to a new University of Illinois study. Professor David Merriman, associate director of the University’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, cautions against considering the state’s flat 3-percent annual raise a “cost of living adjustment.” He calls it instead an “escalator,” and claims...

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