Centralia Expected to Approve 2015 Budget on Monday

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The Centralia City Council will discuss approving their operating budget for 2015 during a Monday Night City Council Meeting. 

During a budget work session earlier this week, City Manager Dan Ramey reported that the budget would have a surplus of $1.3 million.

The council will also consider submission of the City’s Transport Improvement Program to the Illinois Department of Transporation. The program will detail Airport Improvement plans at Centralia Municipal Airport.

The council will also recognize the passing of Arnold R. “Orphan Man” Gluck, during the meeting.

Details on Hit-and-Run Accident Released

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has released details on an hit and run injury accident that sent two people to the hospital for treatment earlier this month.  

Sheriff’s Deputies say a car driven by 18-year-old Jacob Hayes of West Third in Centralia was traveling eastbound on the Walnut Hill Road just after 11 pm on December sixth when a southbound van on Perrine Street Road pulled in front of him and the two collided at the intersection.  Hayes hit the rear of the van, spinning the hit and run vehicle around.  Hayes’ car came to stop in the roadway, while the van ran off the southwest corner of the intersection.  It then left the scene.  

Hayes and a passenger in his car, 22-year-old Cody Rigney of West Noleman in Centralia, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment.  

The van is described as a white mini van.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.  

Mount Vernon Man Held on Meth Charges Following Raid

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Another man is in jail following the latest in a slew of raids on suspected methamphetamine manufacturers in Mt. Vernon. 

43 year old Derek Nardone of 23rd Street in Mt. Vernon was arrested after a search warrant was executed on his residence. Mt. Vernon Police and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department found methamphetamine was being manufactured inside of Nardone’s home.

Nardone was arrested and housed at the Jefferson County Justice Center with bond to be set on charges of Unlawful Disposal of Meth Manufacturing Waste, Meth Manufacturing, and Possession of Drug Equipment.

Mount Vernon Man Dead Following Washington County Accident

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A Mt. Vernon man is dead after his car collided with a semi-truck on State Route 127 in Washington County, near Nashville.

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger pronounced 52 year old George O. Philips dead on the scene at 7:16 Friday morning, about 10 minutes after the accident that took his life.

Phillips was on his way to work, just blocks away at Republic of Tea, when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck the semi-truck head-on near Enterprise Avenue and Mockingbird Road.  

Illinois State Police are still investigating the accident.

Unemployment Down, but Households on Food Stamps at Record Highs

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State data released this week shows that while unemployment has dropped to 6.4% in the State, the number of households dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, has only gone up.

According to numbers released by the Illinois Department of Human Services, 1,053,277 Illinois households were dependent on food stamps in November; thats 22.1% of all households in the state.

The non-partisan Illinois Policy Institute blames the state’s slow economic recovery, compared to the rest of the country. The IPI has previously released numbers showing that Illinois is dead-last in the country in terms of payroll jobs created since 2008.

In Marion, Fayette, and Clinton Counties, which are combined into a single office, 8,078 households are on food stamps.

Car Crashes Into Jefferson County Bank

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WOODLAWN — Authorities say no charges are expected after a car accidentally ran into a bank.

It happened at 5:07 p.m. Thursday at the Community First Bank of the Heartland in Woodlawn.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says a 16-year-old driver hit the glass doors at the front entrance of the building.

The driver was not injured.

Jefferson County Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Shooting

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MT. VERNON — A Jefferson County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting another man in the back of the head.

Charles Beckley, 43, of Dix, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated discharge of a firearm, a class 1 felony.

Beckley was arrested in August after an argument with a woman at Prairie View Resort in rural Jefferson County. As she rode away with two other people, authorities said Beckley shot through the rear window of the truck, hitting the victim in the back of the head. The man was treated at a Centralia hospital.

Three other counts against Beckley, including domestic battery and aggravated battery with a firearm, were dismissed at the time of his plea.

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman says Beckley must serve 85 percent of his five-year sentence.

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