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Various kinds of cancer claim 84 deaths in 2019; 7 each from accidents and drug overdoses     

Various kinds of cancer claim 84 deaths in 2019; 7 each from accidents and drug overdoses     

Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon has released his annual report. It shows 406 deaths were reported in the county in 2019, including 84 from various forms of cancer, seven for traffic-related deaths and 7 others from drug overdoses.  There was also one occupational death.  Three deaths were determined to be homicides.   There were 7 suicides.  …Read More »

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

A former Illinois state senator has pleaded guilty to accepting around $250,000 in bribes for protecting the interests of a red-light camera company. Martin Sandoval entered the plea in an agreement with prosecutors during a hearing in Chicago Tuesday, a day after federal prosecutors listed charges against him. Under the plea deal, the 56-year-old promises…Read More »

Two Jefferson County Sheriff’s officials honored with Life Saving Award while others are honored as officers of the year

Two Jefferson County Sheriff’s officials honored with Life Saving Award while others are honored as officers of the year

Deputy Kevin Rodriguez and Captain Ryan Weeks receive a Life-Saving Award from the Jefferson County Board Monday night.  Two Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputies have been presented with Life Saving Awards for their part in saving 4-year-old Ella Koenegstein of rural Dix after she was found in a pond near her home. They are Deputy Kevin…Read More »

Centralia City Council approves new liquor license for winery

Centralia City Council approves new liquor license for winery

The Centralia City Council has unanimously approved a new Class A Liquor License for a local winery to locate an establishment downtown. The request was made by the Crooked Creek Winery that has opened at 102 East Broadway. Councilman David Sauer who voted against two other recent requests for additional liquor licenses says this one…Read More »

SC FFA Hosted Successful Trivia Night

SC FFA Hosted Successful Trivia Night

South Central FFA Booster hosted a trivia night on January 25th. There were 12 teams that participated in the competition. The team that won was “Young and Old” and second place was “We’d Rather be on Cash Cab.” The most enthusiastic team title went to “Rip Cletus.” “Young and Old” took home the title of…Read More »

Local Sports

Franklin Park Falls At Breese

Franklin Park Falls At Breese

The Franklin Park Bobcats fell on the road at Breese on Monday night 38-36.  Sam Greene scored 8 points along with Gavin Zimmermann, Jairen Stroud and Noah Nix. The Bobcats shot 6-of-8 from the foul line compared to Breese going 9-of-15. Franklin Park falls to 13-11 on the year and will host Flora for 8th…

Carlyle Streak Of Losses To Columbia Extends With Girls Hoops Loss

Carlyle Streak Of Losses To Columbia Extends With Girls Hoops Loss

(By Bruce Hixon) It took a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer for Columbia to beat the Carlyle Lady Indians by a point the first time the teams met, but the Lady Eagles dominated the second time around with a 60-32 victory at Columbia Monday. It marked the fifth straight season Columbia has swept the season…

Wildcats Head To Columbia Tonight on WJBD

Wildcats Head To Columbia Tonight on WJBD

The Salem Wildcats return to Cahokia play tonight as they get set to travel to Columbia.  The Cats are coming off a 50-47 loss to Mt Vernon in the consolation title game of the SIT on Saturday night.  Salem is 9-12 overall with a road game at Wesclin on Friday. Last night in boys hoops,…