• Texico man accidentally kills self in tree stand

    by  • November 10, 2014

    TEXICO — According to Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks, a 76-year-old rural Texico man died over the weekend from what appears to be an accidental gunshot wound to the chest, suffered in his tree stand when he attempted to remove his gun from its holster. Authorities say when Robert Okraj of East Canton...

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    Authorities investigating apparent homicide in Sandoval

    by  • November 10, 2014

    SANDOVAL — Marion County authorities are searching for a suspect in what is being treated as a homicide in the Village of Sandoval. Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach is confirming this morning a fatal shooting in Sandoval early Monday morning that is being treated as a homicide. According to reports, the sheriff’s department...

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    Lawmakers sign off on “fracking” rules

    by  • November 6, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — State lawmakers have signed off on rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois at a legislative hearing. The 12-member committee approved the rules during a hearing Thursday in Chicago. It has the last word on whether the rules for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can take effect. The committee has...

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    Mayville wins reappointment to DNR mining position

    by  • November 5, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests is back on the job after appealing his firing months ago. Lee Enterprises’ Springfield bureau reports the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is appealing the Illinois Civil Service Commission’s decision favoring Tony Mayville of Du...

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    Dahlgren man killed in accident near Jefferson County line

    by  • November 5, 2014

    HAMILTON COUNTY — One person died and another was injured in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Hamilton County. Illinois State Police say the crash happened around 5:10 p.m. on Route 142 about a half-mile south of the Hamilton-Jefferson County line. According to the accident report, 23-year-old Joshua D. Jones of Mt. Vernon was...

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