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Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges

Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges

CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old boy was one of 105 homicide victims in Chicago in July, joining a grim roster of children who have been felled by the city’s gun violence. New statistics show that not only was July one of the deadliest months in the city’s history but the city is seeing more children…Read more »

Employee of Centralia Correctional Center tests positive for COVID-19

Employee of Centralia Correctional Center tests positive for COVID-19

One employee at the Centralia Correctional Center has tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The Illinois Department of Corrections reports the facility was immediately placed on medical quarantine with increased movement restrictions. Spokesperson Lindsey Hess says the Illinois Department of Corrections remains deliberate and aggressive in its response to COVID-19.  All staff and inmates…Read more »

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital honored with two awards

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital honored with two awards

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia has been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.  The award recognizes the hospital’s ongoing commitment to keep patients safe by lowering infections and streamlining processes that focus on putting patient care first. SSM Health President Damon Harbison says the award recognizes their team’s daily dedication to their patients…Read more »

Two Centralia men in custody following weekend chase

Two Centralia men in custody following weekend chase

Left to right:  Pierre Wilmington and Kenneth Dalton, Junior.  Marion County Sheriff’s Department booking photos. Wamac Police have arrested two men on multiple charges following an early Saturday morning chase through the Centralia and Wamac area. 37-year-old Pierre Wilmington of Hickory Ridge Drive in Centralia is being held in the Marion County Jail for armed…Read more »

Three days of free COVID-19 testing in Carlyle  

Three days of free COVID-19 testing in Carlyle  

The Illinois Department of Public Health will provide three days of free on-site testing for COVID-19 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Carlyle. The testing will be done from eight am to four pm each day. The only requirement is that you have a valid phone number. Individuals with or…Read more »