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Chicago police blame Facebook for illegal gun, drug sales

Chicago police blame Facebook for illegal gun, drug sales

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders, including Chicago’s new interim superintendent, also…Read more »

Winthrop president leaving SC to lead Southern Illinois

Winthrop president leaving SC to lead Southern Illinois

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Winthrop President Dan Mahony says he is stepping down after nearly five years leading the university in South Carolina and plans to become president of Southern Illinois University. Winthrop University said Tuesday that Mahony’s last day in South Carolina will be March 1 and trustees at Southern Illinois University are…Read more »

Police Beat for Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Police Beat for Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

A 31-year-old Farina man has been arrested by Salem Police for driving on a revoked license and illegal transportation of liquor. Kyle Heinzmann of North Appleton Road was arrested following a traffic stop at Main and Illinois. He was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remained Tuesday morning. 58-year-old Lamonte Mitchell of North…Read more »

Centralia Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting for new Route 161 bridge

Centralia Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting for new Route 161 bridge

The ribbon is officially cut to symbolically represent the opening of the Crooked Creek Bridge on Route 161.   Photo by Pat Hodges. The Centralia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for the new Route 161 Bridge over Crooked Creek. Executive Director Marcus Holland thanked Poettker Construction Company and the Illinois Department of Transportation…Read more »

Mission Salem provides update on their 2019 projects

Mission Salem provides update on their 2019 projects

The Salem City Council gets an update on Mission Salem from Brian Gansauer (at podium) and Angie Courtright at Monday’s meeting  Photo by Bruce Kropp. The Mission Salem organization has completed or approved 23 projects so far in 2019. The person heading the group, Angie Courtright, says they continue to operate under the Greater Salem…Read more »

Marijuana:  What Parents Need to Know about Legalization to be presented at Salem Community Theatre on Tuesday    

Marijuana:  What Parents Need to Know about Legalization to be presented at Salem Community Theatre on Tuesday    

The Marion County Coalition Against Drug Use is hosting a program entitled “Marijuana:  What Parents Need to Know about Legalization” at the Salem Community Theatre Tuesday evening. Aaron Davis of the Community Resource Center says doors will open at five for displays from a NARCAN trainer and information from drug rehab facilities, the Marion County…Read more »

State Scholars announced for Marion County High Schools   

State Scholars announced for Marion County High Schools   

The Illinois State Scholarship Commission has announced State Scholars for Marion County High Schools. The honor is for outstanding academic achievement. At Salem High Schoo1, there are 18 state scholars.  They are Cade Alberson, Jared Beasley, Alexander Clark, Olivia Daniels, Jasmine Devor, Molly Donoho, Taylor Gillett, Sada Graham, Katelyn Green, Holden Henson, Sonya Jha, Madison…Read more »