Ballot to Soon be Finalized in Centralia

November 24, 2014 Comments off

The time to turn in nominating petitions for four open positions in the City of Centralia has come and gone. 

Beating out the deadline were Warren Hynes turned in a petition for one of the open four year city council seats, incumbent Councilman Bill Smith, and incumbent Mayor Tom Ashby.

Also up for the two four-year city council seats are incumbent David Sauer as well as Jason Hunter, Brandon Gibson, Chris Williams, and Russel O’Bannen. 

Norm Schuchman and former councilman Danny Stover have filed to challenge Mayor Ashby.

The unexpired two year term currently held by Andre Marshall is also up for election. George Gish, Roy Allerman and Kathrine Riddle have all filed to challenge Marshall.

Centralia Native Killed in Northern Illinois Traffic Crash

November 23, 2014 Comments off

A 14-year-old Kewanee girl originally from Centralia has died in a single car wreck in Kewanee. 

Chalyssa Yokley was a passenger in a car driven by 19-year-old Rashawn Clark of Peoria that crashed near Kewanee on Thursday.   
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department indicates Kewanee Police had initially responded to the city’s Baker Park to a report of the vehicle being off the road and possibly involved in a wreck.   As the officer arrived on the scene, the Clark vehicle drove past the officer and left the park.  The vehicle then sped up as it headed westbound on Route 81 and eventually lost control, ran off the road, and hit a tree.  

Both Clark and Yokley were initially taken to the Kewanee Hospital before being airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.  Yokley was later pronounced dead by the Peoria County Coroner.  

Yokley was the daughter of Troy Allen Yokley and Carla Fay (Crain) Yokley.   She was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and was a member of the Brown Christian Church in Meacham Township.  Yokley is survived by several area relatives including paternal grandfather Max Yokley of Brownstown; step-grandmother Chris Carlock of Brownstown; and maternal grandmother Brenda Ham of Salem.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan.  Visitation will be from ten until the time of the service.   More information is available in the obituary section of  

Two Hurt In Centralia Crash

November 23, 2014 Comments off

Both drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment following a two vehicle crash Sunday morning in the 16-hundred block of East McCord Street in Centralia.  

Police say 87-year-old Maxine Beaver of West Fourth in Centralia had slowed to make a left hand turn.  Her car was hit in the rear by a pickup truck driven by 85-year-old Henry Reynolds of Nelms Street in Centralia.  

Reynolds was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Both Beaver and Reynolds were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of injuries.  

Centralia Firemen were called to the scene to help the accident victims.  They reported neither were trapped in their vehicle.  

The crash occurred at 10:24 Sunday morning.  

Judge Denies Bid to Halt State’s Fracking Rules

November 23, 2014 Comments off

Fracking generally uses a mixture of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground and release trapped oil and gas. Opponents fear it can cause air and water pollution and health problems. Industry officials contend the method is safe and will create needed jobs in southern Illinois.

Kinmundy and Cisne Women Hurt in Clay County Crash

November 23, 2014 Comments off

Both drivers received apparent minor injuries in a two vehicle crash at the Xenia-Iola and Kinmundy Road intersection in Clay County Saturday morning.

State Police say a van driven by 50-year-old Shiela Brown of Cisne was traveling northbound on the Xenia-Iola Road when she approached the stop sign on Kinmundy Road.  She reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and began making a left hand turn into the path of a pickup driven by 47-year-old Kathy Branch of Kinmundy.  Branch was traveling eastbound on Kinmundy Road at the time.  

Both Brown and Branch were taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment.  

Brown was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.  

Police Beat for Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

November 23, 2014 Comments off

Both the driver and passenger were arrested following a traffic stop on the River Road in Iuka early Sunday morning.  Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say the driver, 47-year-old Lee Klingler of Rural Irvington, was arrested for driving on a revoked license and on a Jasper County warrant.  A passenger, 38-year-old Mindy Bushue of South Rotan in Salem, remains in custody for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

A 39-year-old Taylorville woman was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges after Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of a rolling domestic dispute on U.S. 51.   Deputies removed the passenger allegedly causing the problem and arrested her for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.  

Two others remained in custody Sunday morning on outstanding warrants.  23-year-old Keith Charlton of East Broadway in Centralia was arrested on a felony failure to appear warrant.  33-year-old Jai Young of Maulding Drive in Centralia was arrested on a pending misdemeanor warrant.    

Centralia Home Heavily Damaged By Fire

November 23, 2014 Comments off

Centralia City Firemen estimate damage at $75,000 in a fire at the Aaron and Shelly Finley residence at 816 North Hickory Street during the noon hour on Friday.  

Fire Captain Gene Kracht says the fire appears to be electrical around a window air conditioner that was plugged in, but not turned on.  The cord to the air conditioner burned and the fire spread to some remodeling supplies under the air conditioner.  

No one was home when the fire was discovered by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the roof.  

Firemen were able to quickly knocked down most of the fire through the window of the room where the fire started.  They then moved inside the home.  While the fire caused little other damage, the heat is believed to have destroyed the outside metal shell of the manufactured home.  

In addition to the $40,000 damage to the home, another $35,000 in damage was done to the contents.  All available Centralia Firemen were called to help fight the fire.  

Firemen were on the scene for about an hour.  There were no injuries.   


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