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Marion County added to COVID-19 warning list     

Marion County added to COVID-19 warning list     

Marion and Wayne Counties have both been added to the COVID-19 warning list after their positivity rate jumped above eight percent.  Clinton, Effingham, and Washington County are repeating for another week. Marion County Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow says making the weekly warning list does not result in any new sanctions, but is a signal…Read more »

Marion County reports 18 new COVID-19 cases   

Marion County reports 18 new COVID-19 cases   

The Marion County Health Department is reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow says all are doing well and are on isolation.  Of the new cases, nine are community spread and nine are household/close contacts to cases.  There are now 134 active cases, including seven in the hospital.  Two of…Read more »

Truck driver brings down power line and seven poles along East McCord Street in Centralia  (Update 5 pm with road reopening)

Truck driver brings down power line and seven poles along East McCord Street in Centralia (Update 5 pm with road reopening)

Aerial photo of Ameren repair crews lined up to work on at least six broken power poles and downed power lines shutting down McCord Street through part of downtown Centralia.  Photo by Tim Ferguson.   Westbound traffic on Route 161/McCord Street through downtown Centralia was rerouted for around six hours on Thursday after a truck got…Read more »

Closings argument set in Lorenzo Patton murder case 

Closings argument set in Lorenzo Patton murder case 

The man accused of the September 2018 first degree murder of Precious Jones of Centralia took the stand in his own defense Wednesday afternoon.  The jury is now set to hear closing arguments Thursday morning before beginning deliberations. Defendant Lorenzo Patton told the jury he knew Jones and called her ‘his friend’ and denied any…Read more »

New COVID-19 deaths reported in Clinton and Wayne Counties

New COVID-19 deaths reported in Clinton and Wayne Counties

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting two new COVID-19 deaths in South Central Illinois. The daily report for Wednesday indicates 35 additional deaths, including a male in his 90s in Clinton County and a female in her 50s in Wayne County.   The death is the 20th in Clinton County and the fifth in…Read more »

Reverse: Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

Reverse: Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after postponing fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. The Big Ten plans to begin its season on…Read more »

Lake Centralia being closed due to bacteria outbreak  

Lake Centralia being closed due to bacteria outbreak  

Lake Centralia is being closed by Centralia city officials due to high levels of a toxin produced by cyanobacteria formerly known as blue-green algae. Centralia City Manager Lowell Crow says the bacteria is caused by the dry weather during the past several weeks.   Samples received on Wednesday show cyanobacteria levels at 10 parts per billion,…Read more »

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

CHICAGO (AP) — A former longtime Illinois state legislator has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Former Sen. Terry Link appeared in Chicago’s federal court Wednesday via video. The Democrat who first took office in 1997 resigned last week. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal…Read more »