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New COVID-19 strain now confirmed in Illinois 

New COVID-19 strain now confirmed in Illinois 

The variant COVID strain found in the United Kingdom is now being confirmed in Illinois. The new strain was first found in Colorado about two weeks ago and has been popping up in several other states and has now been confirmed in a Chicago patient. State Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says it’s not…Read More »

Condemned Centralia home burns Sunday morning

Condemned Centralia home burns Sunday morning

What remains of a small vacant home at 1203 South Cherry that had been converted from a garage following a Sunday morning fire.  Photo by Tim Ferguson.   A single-story condemned home at 1203 South Cherry burned in a Sunday morning fire. Centralia City firefighters say the home was fully engulfed in flames when spotted…Read More »

Limited indoor dining now allowed in Southern Illinois Region 

Limited indoor dining now allowed in Southern Illinois Region 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday night that the Southern Illinois Region that includes Marion, Jefferson, and Wayne Counties is advancing to Tier 1 Mitigation. The change will allow indoor dining at 25-percent of capacity or 25 people per room effective immediately.   The guidelines also say reservations are required and limited to two…Read More »

Fire heavily damages apartment house in Centralia  

Fire heavily damages apartment house in Centralia  

Fire engulfs a vacant apartment house at 130 Condit in Centralia early Sunday morning.  Photo by Tim Ferguson.   A home converted into at least four apartments was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday morning. While the building at 130 Condit at the intersection of North Hickory was listed as abandoned, electricity and gas were…Read More »

Police Beat for Sunday, January 17th, 2021

Police Beat for Sunday, January 17th, 2021

A 19-year-old Irvington man is in custody at the Marion County Jail on multiple charges after leading Centralia Police on a chase that ended out of town early Sunday morning.   Isaak Clark of East Superior was arrested for aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, resisting or obstructing arrest and possession of…Read More »

Local Sports

Ohio State claims victory in physical game against Fighting Illini, 87-81

Ohio State claims victory in physical game against Fighting Illini, 87-81

E.J. Liddell scored 26 points and No. 21 Ohio State beat No. 14 Illinois 87-81 in their Big Ten matchup. The game was very physical, mostly in the second half, including one technical foul called on Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. The officials had to step in many times to avoid fights. Washington’s Justin Ahrens…

MLB Wrap-up:  Cardinals, Flaherty still without deal, swap arb figures

MLB Wrap-up: Cardinals, Flaherty still without deal, swap arb figures

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and ace Jack Flaherty have not agreed to terms on a 2021 contract and they have swapped figures for salary arbitration. The 25-year-old Flaherty has asked for $3.9 million and the team is offering $3 million. The sides can come to an agreement until an arbitrator hears…

Trice’s big second half sends No. 9 Wisconsin past Rutgers

Trice’s big second half sends No. 9 Wisconsin past Rutgers

UNDATED (AP) — D’Mitrik Trice had 13 points and five assists and turned in a strong second half to lead No. 9 Wisconsin past Rutgers 60-54. Trice scored eight points and assisted on another basket in a 12-0 run that gave Wisconsin a 54-44 lead with 4:19 to go. The game was a classic Big…