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Sandoval residents pleads guilty to Centralia burglary 

Sandoval residents pleads guilty to Centralia burglary 

A 44-year-old Sandoval resident has waived a preliminary hearing in Marion County Court and pleaded guilty to burglary. Stacy Pase of North Vine is accused of entering a car at the Burger King restaurant in Centralia in November.    She was placed on 30 months probation, given credit for time served and ordered to undergo drug…Read More »

Salem man charged with Centralia burglary    

Salem man charged with Centralia burglary    

A 30-year-old Salem man has been charged in Marion County Court with burglary. Cory Hodge of Rubel Lane is accused of entering a garage in the 700 block of South Poplar with intent to commit a theft on January 11th. Centralia Police say cash was allegedly taken. Bond is set at $5,000.  The public defender…Read More »

Illinois offers $100 million in loans to federal workers

Illinois offers $100 million in loans to federal workers

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Governor J.B. Pritzker announce low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers affected by the partial shutdown of Federal Government.   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state officials are offering $100 million in low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers going without paychecks during a record 33-day government shutdown. Gov. J.B. Pritzker…Read More »

Illinois ends participation in multi-state voter database

Illinois ends participation in multi-state voter database

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Elections has voted to end the state’s participation in a multi-state voter registration system that critics have said is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers. The board voted 8-0 Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting to withdraw from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, board spokesman Matt…Read More »

Illinois joins states committed to carbon-emission reduction

Illinois joins states committed to carbon-emission reduction

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered that Illinois join a group of U.S. states committed to following the Paris Climate Agreement on reducing carbon emissions. The Democrat signed an executive order Wednesday to make Illinois the 18th member of the U.S. Climate Alliance. It means Illinois will abide by the Paris agreement that aims…Read More »

Local Sports

Wildcats Fall At Home, Lose Sight Of Conference Title Defense

Wildcats Fall At Home, Lose Sight Of Conference Title Defense

The Salem Wildcats dropped a big Cahokia Conference home game to visiting Columbia 50-43 dropping Salem 2 games behind Columbia and Breese Central for the top spot in the conference.  Salem falls to 3-3 in the league and 12-10 overall while Columbia improves to 5-1 in the Cahokia and 12-6 overall. Salem was just 9-of-18…

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup From Tuesday

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup From Tuesday

Greenville won their 15th straight game and are 23-1 on the season following their 59-32 win over the Breese Central Lady Cougars.  Greenville raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first and never looked back.  Miah Weems scored 10 to pace the Lady Cougars.  Greenville’s Nancy Fritzsche scored 27.   (Photo’s – Bruce Hixon)…

Class L State Finals Set

Class L State Finals Set

The trophy games are set in Class L after semifinals of the state tournament were held at Rend Lake.  Hamilton County is into Saturday’s championship after their 21-19 win over Carterville.  They will play Massac County who defeated West Belleville 56-23.