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Rural Odin man arrested for firing shots into church building

Rural Odin man arrested for firing shots into church building

 The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in connection with shots fired at the Bethel Baptist Church on Bethel Road in rural Odin. 53-year-old Joseph Busscher who lives next to the church is being held in the Marion County Jail for reckless discharge of a firearm and felony criminal damage to property. Sheriff’s…Read more »

Illinois revenues drop $1.1-Billion in fiscal 2020 due to pandemic

Illinois revenues drop $1.1-Billion in fiscal 2020 due to pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw a more than $1.1 billion drop in revenues in the fiscal year that ended last month due to the coronavirus’s impact on the state’s economy, according to state officials. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability found that the state ended the 2020 fiscal year with a $1.135 billion…Read more »

Centralia Police arrest two for robbery, looking for third 

Centralia Police arrest two for robbery, looking for third 

 Centralia Police have arrested two people and are looking for a third in connection with a robbery of a 21-year-old Centralia man on the Lincoln Liquors parking lot late Thursday night. 18-year-old Joshua Hanrahan and 18-year-old Darrion Walker of One Hope United were taken into custody a few blocks from the scene.  A 17-year-old juvenile…Read more »

Police Beat for Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Police Beat for Saturday, July 11th, 2020

A 34-year-old Wamac man has been arrested by Wamac Police for aggravated domestic battery and criminal damage to property.  Brandon Reynolds of Gilmore Street was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remained on Saturday. 20-year-old Matthew Whiting of West Warmouth in Salem was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on an outstanding Marion County felony…Read more »

Illinois State program plans virtual camp for music students

Illinois State program plans virtual camp for music students

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Aspiring string musicians in Illinois can sign up for a virtual camp offered by the Illinois State University String Project this month. The virtual camp is open to students of the violin, viola, cello, and bass who are entering grades four through eight. Students must have at least one year of…Read more »