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Semi-trailer strikes, seriously injures Illinois trooper

Semi-trailer strikes, seriously injures Illinois trooper

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured when a semi-trailer struck him and his squad car while he was responding to a multi-vehicle accident. State police say the trooper was hit while on foot, outside of his marked vehicle about 11 p.m. Wednesday along Interstate 55 in St. Clair County.…Read More »

Illinois State Police face 2nd suit over warehouse shooting

Illinois State Police face 2nd suit over warehouse shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against the Illinois State Police for issuing a firearm license to the convicted felon who killed five people and wounded several police officers when he opened fire at a suburban Chicago warehouse last month. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the family of Vincent Juarez, who…Read More »

Illinois unemployment 4.3 percent, unchanged since November

Illinois unemployment 4.3 percent, unchanged since November

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The unemployment rate in Illinois was 4.3 percent in February. Illinois Department of Employment Security officials announced Thursday that the rate has remained unchanged since November. Nonfarm payrolls decreased by 12,600 jobs over the month based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. January’s jobs gain was…Read More »

Several hundred attend Gordman’s Centralia Opening

Several hundred attend Gordman’s Centralia Opening

A crowd of several hundred waited in a long line to be one of the first in the new Gordman’s store in the Fairview Shopping in Centralia late Wednesday afternoon. After the ribbon was cut, Gordman’s presented a $1,000 check to Centralia High School Principal Reid Shipley who said the money would go to student…Read More »

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Wildcats Back In Action At Home Today

Wildcats Back In Action At Home Today

The Salem Wildcats return to action this afternoon with a bit of a schedule change.  Their game originally scheduled to be played at Centralia has been moved to Salem High School starting at 4:30.  Salem enters at 0-3 after falling to Benton on Tuesday afternoon 8-1.  The Cats could only muster 2 hits in the…

Carlyle Gets First Win Of The Year

Carlyle Gets First Win Of The Year

By:  Bruce Hixon Carlyle Indians pick up their first win of the season Wednesday as they knock off New Athens 9-4 in the home opener for the Tribe. Indians took a 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to two-run doubles by Brady Heinzmann and Zack Barnes. A two-run homer by Josh Guthrie in the…

Lady Indians Off To Best Start In Years

Lady Indians Off To Best Start In Years

By: Bruce Hixon: Carlyle Lady Indians improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2009 as they outslug New Athens 13-10 Wednesday in the home opener for the Tribe. Carlyle erased a pair of three-run deficits. New Athens took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Lady Indians rallied with three…