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Centralia “pushes” new fire truck into service

Centralia “pushes” new fire truck into service

The Centralia Fire Department held a push in ceremony Thursday evening for its new pumper truck. The pumper truck was a demo model that was used briefly at the Daytona Speedway. Fire Chief John Lynch says by not custom ordering they were able to purchase the truck for 439,000, a $292,000 savings over having a…Read more »

Police Beat for Friday, September 18th, 2020

Police Beat for Friday, September 18th, 2020

A 31-year-old Centralia man has been arrested on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge. Centralia Police say Quinton Upchurch of Gragg Street was taken into custody during a traffic stop. He was taken to the Marion County Jail where he is being held…Read more »

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

CHICAGO (AP) — “Cheer” star Jerry Harris has been arrested on charges of felony production of child pornography. In a federal complaint filed in Chicago, the U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that Harris solicited pornographic images over a period of more than a year. The arrest of Harris comes days after twin Texas boys filed a…Read more »

More than 50 Chicago-area restaurants closed due to COVID-19

More than 50 Chicago-area restaurants closed due to COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 50 restaurants in the Chicago area have permanently closed their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chicago Tribune reported the figure as part of a snapshot of the city’s restaurant scene six months into a pandemic which has forced closures and caused job loss. Chicago officials have been drumming…Read more »

Parties dispute how far feds will let Madigan probe go

Parties dispute how far feds will let Madigan probe go

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. attorney investigating a state government bribery scandal that implicates involvement by the longtime House speaker on Thursday OK’d a separate probe by a House committee. U.S. Attorney John Lausch said the committee would not interfere with his ongoing investigation as long as it didn’t tie testimony to federal prosecutors’…Read more »

Lady Cats and Wildcats Win In Prep Golf

Lady Cats and Wildcats Win In Prep Golf

The Salem Lady Wildcats golf team remains undefeated (5-0) after its match-up on the back nine of the Salem Country Club Thursday afternoon against the West Frankfort Lady Redbirds. The final score was 202-215. The Lady Wildcats win was led by Kenzie Anderson who fired a 44 for low medalist honors. Lauren Ice posted a…Read more »

Salem HS Cross Country Runs Well At Fairgrounds

Salem HS Cross Country Runs Well At Fairgrounds

The Salem cross country teams welcomed Mt Vernon and Marion to the Marion County Fairgrounds. The varsity girls were led by Ivy Donoho who won the race in a season best time of 21:26.  Jaydeyn Goostree was 3rd in a season best time followed by Madison Smith, Hannah Richardson and Autumn Butts. The varsity boys…Read more »