Beef Prices On The Rise

April 17, 2014 Comments off

(Springfield, IL)  –  It’s going to be a bit more pricey to put a burger on the grill this summer.  Reid Blossom with the Illinois Beef Association says beef prices are going up because of high demand.  The problem is there was a drought a-couple of years ago, so the supply is low.  

“We’ve had a very severe drought, and we saw the worst of it in 2012. These events cause a huge draw down in our herd numbers” said Blossom.

The price per pound has already gone up about 15-cents-per-pound.  That means people in Illinois are dishing out about three-55 for every pound of beef they buy.  Blossom says prices will start to do down once producers can replenish their herds and more cattle are available in the marketplace. 

Plan To Deny Firearms Cards to Medical Pot Users Is Nixed

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(Springfield, IL)  –   Medical marijuana patients shouldn’t have any problem getting a firearms ID card.   A proposed state rule that would not permit that to happen has been removed.  It’s not clear whether Illinoisans who own Concealed Carry Weapons Permits are affected.  Those rules are expected to be made public on Friday.  Federal law states that anyone who uses a controlled substance, including marijuana, is banned from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition.  The rules now head to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which would review and approve the rules following a 45-day public comment period. 

Two Car Head On Crash Injures Three in Iuka

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Three people complained of minor injuries following a two car head on collision on U.S. 50 a quarter mile east of Metcalf Road in rural Iuka on Tuesday afternoon.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say 28-year-old Joseph Thorpe of Kell Road in Kell had a driver’s side tire blow out, causing him to lose control, go into the other lane and hit a car driven by 22-year-old Jordan Coughlin of Middleton Street head on.  

Both drivers along with a passenger in the Coughlin vehicle, 19-year-old Taylor Coughlin of Middleton Street in Iuka, complained of minor injuries.  However, none required hospitalization.   

Iuka Consignment Sale Starts This Weekend

April 17, 2014 Comments off

A consignment sale sponsored by Iuka Community Development will take over the streets of downtown Iuka this weekend, on Saturday April 19th.

A huge collection of items will be auctioned off. You can bring items to be auctioned off starting at 8:00 am on Friday until sale time on Saturday. A backhoe will be available for the unloading of larger items.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on site. For more information, you can contact Daggs Auction service at 835-4416 or John Lambert at 323-6262, or visit daggsauction.com.

2 Men Charged in Southern Illinois Killing

April 16, 2014 Comments off

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) – Two men are accused in the weekend death of a man who authorities allege was punched and struck with a piece of lumber.

Union County prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Travis Turner of Dongola and 34-year-old Jessie Bell of Anna with first-degree murder.

Authorities say 46-year-old James Morrison of Anna was found injured early Saturday outside a home in Anna. He later died at a hospital.

Investigators allege Bell repeatedly punched Morrison in the head while Turner hit the victim with a board.

Turner and Bell are both jailed.

Online court records don’t show whether Turner and Bell have legal representation. They do not have listed telephone numbers.

Centralia Sets Sights on Building Demolitions

April 16, 2014 Comments off

More derelict houses are coming down in the city of Centralia. The Centralia City Council approved a list of 28 structures deemed by the City’s Code Enforcement Division and Image Committee as substandard at a City Council meeting on Monday night. The city plans to demolish the structures on the list over the next year.

Mayor Tom Ashby has called the presence of urban blight and substandard buildings one of the biggest problems being faced by the City of Centralia.

“I’ve been with the City Manager and checked out [these properties]. They are a detriment to local neighborhoods” said Ashby.

The City will attempt to gain control over the 28 properties or contact property owners asking for their cooperation in demolishing the properties. One of the properties, 415 West 4th Street, is owned by Centralia Resident Roy Smith, who is using the building as storage for his Window business. City Manager Dan Ramey offered to examine the property himself to determine if improvements are needed to take it off the list.

The demolitions are expected to be completed within the next year.

The properties included in the list are located at:

415 West 4th Street
131 S Hickory Street
218 West Kell Street
400 South Walnut Street
527 North Locust Street
614 East Rexford Street
1303 East McKee Street
615 North Lincoln Street
507 Rhodes
1223 ½ Hester
1309 Cedar
522 South Perrine
118 North Cherry
1106 North Maple
431 North Locust
460 Allison
224 North Hickory
129 and 135 North Maple Street
824 Howard Street
533 North Beech
1312 South Hickory
902 East Kell
327 North Beech
611 North Cherry Street
500 South Cherry
700 South Hickory
1002 East Rexford Street
116 West Broadway Street

Long Time Centralia City Clerk Retires

April 16, 2014 Comments off

Centralia’s longtime City Clerk wrapped up her final City Council meeting on Monday. Tanya Bundy has worked with the city for over 30 years and has acted as City Clerk since 1999.

“It’s been a long career. I’ve always tried to serve the Citizens of Centralia and be an advocate” Bundy said, “Sometimes people do not like to follow the rules but we follow them. It’s been a great opportunity and I’ve enjoyed my years with the City”

Mayor Tom Ashby says that Bundy will be remembered for her helpfulness and her insistance that the city follow ordinances to the letter. He said that incoming City Clerk and former City Administrative Assistant Kim Enke has some big shoes to fill.

But those big shoes are not expected to intimidate Enke, who has been shadowing Bundy for several weeks.

“Tanya has been a great mentor and has shown me a lot over the past several weeks. It’s going to be a good adventure and I look forward to working with the public and residents more” said Enke.

Friday is Bundy’s final day in the Clerk’s position. An open house bunch will be held at City Hall, and is open to the public, between 9 am and 11 am on Friday.

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