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Wednesday toll:  986 more coronavirus cases and 42 more deaths

Wednesday toll:  986 more coronavirus cases and 42 more deaths

The number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to grow. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 986 new cases and 42 additional deaths.   That brings the overall total cases to 6,980 and 141 deaths. Of the new deaths reported, 34 were in Cook County or the immediate Chicago area, five in the…Read more »

City of Centralia going forward with Spring Clean Up Week next week  

City of Centralia going forward with Spring Clean Up Week next week  

Centralia officials say the Spring Cleanup Week scheduled for Monday, April 6th, through Friday, April 10th, will go on as scheduled. The curbside pickup service is provided by the City of Centralia Public Works Department. Participation is limited to single-family residences, townhomes, condominiums, and apartments that do not exceed four units per building. All items…Read more »

Illinois Corrections and Public Health officials work to control the spread of coronavirus   

Illinois Corrections and Public Health officials work to control the spread of coronavirus   

The State’s Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike says they are working with the Illinois Department of Corrections to control the coronavirus within the prison walls. The first death at a state prison was reported on Monday at the Stateville Correctional Center at Joliet.  A dozen more Stateville inmates are hospitalized including several requiring ventilators…Read more »

Marion County Clerk’s office to close to in-person visits in April  

Marion County Clerk’s office to close to in-person visits in April  

Marion County Clerk Steve Fox has announced the office will start being closed for in-person visits by the general public April 1st to April 30th. Both the County Clerk’s office and the County Recorder’s offices will be available by appointment for items like birth certificates, death certificates, marriage license certificates, marriage licenses, and document recording.…Read more »

Coronavirus upends high school seniors’ college decisions

Coronavirus upends high school seniors’ college decisions

CHICAGO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has made the nerve-wracking experience of picking a college all the more difficult for Illinois’ high school students as campus visits are canceled and admission deadlines get pushed back amid the school shut down over COVID-19 concerns. Colleges typically abide by a May 1 deadline for undergraduate students to…Read more »

SIU-C Fraternity suspended for violating in-person activities ban

SIU-C Fraternity suspended for violating in-person activities ban

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University has suspended the Delta Chi fraternity for violating the chancellor’s order banning in-person activities to slow the spread of COVID-19. Carbondale police over the past weekend responded to a house party hosted by Delta Chi which violated an administrative directive issued March 27 by interim Chancellor John Dunn…Read more »

Salem Police investigating burglary at Five Brothers Cafe   

Salem Police investigating burglary at Five Brothers Cafe   

An owner of Five Brothers Cafe on West Main at the Selmaville Road flagged down a Salem Police officer Tuesday morning to report his business had been burglarized. Initial information indicates after forced entry was made, a cash register was missing.    Salem Police report the investigation is continuing. The report was made at 9:03 Tuesday…Read more »

Alma woman receives minor injury in car-deer crash   

Alma woman receives minor injury in car-deer crash   

A 19-year-old Alma woman received apparent minor injuries in a car-deer wreck on Route 37 north of the Sullivan Road just south of Farina Monday night. Lewis Morgan complained of pain in her hands and knees following the crash.   She was treated on the scene by Kinmundy-Alma ambulance personnel and refused hospital treatment. The crash…Read more »

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Police Beat for Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

A 38-year-old Centralia man has been charged in Marion County Court with domestic battery.   Bond for Davy Middleton of South Sycamore was set at $1,500.  As part of a condition of bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or her residence.   The public defender was appointed to represent him.  Middleton…Read more »