MidAmerica Airport to announce changes with Allegiant Airlines

August 19, 2014 Comments off

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport plans to announce changes regarding services with the airport’s passenger airline.

A press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. is expected to reveal details about the service that Allegiant Airlines provides at the Mascoutah airport.

In June, the airport announced that Allegiant Airlines was taking a seven-week hiatus from flights between MidAmerica airport and Orlando, Fla., beginning this month –between Aug. 10 and Oct. 2.

The annual seasonal break helps Allegiant ensure 90 percent capacity on all flights, which the company has said helps it provide low-cost airfare.

Job Numbers Actually Not Great, New Data Suggests

August 18, 2014 Comments off

Despite Governor Pat Quinn’s insistence that Illinois is entering a phase of recovery, numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics are telling an entirely different story, showing a state whose growth rate is slow, and seriously lagging behind the rest of the nation.

Ted Dabrowski, Vice President of Policy at the non-partisan Illinois Policy Institute, says that while the unemployment rate in Illinois is the lowest it’s been in years, at 6.8%, that’s because people were halting their search for work and dropping out of the workforce entirely, not because they actually found jobs. In July alone, the Illinois workforce shrank by 17,000.

Dabrowski says a better indicator for Illinois economic state are private job creation numbers, and Dabrowski says they don’t look good.

“Illinois in the first seven months has lost 6,000 private sector jobs. That compares to Indiana, who has created 28,000 private sector jobs this year, and Missouri who has created 29,000. We’re dead last. That’s bad however you want to look at it” said Dabrowski.

According to BLS numbers, Illinois has 170,000 fewer payroll jobs today than before the 2008 recession and is dead last in the entire country in terms of job creation. 

The Illinois Policy Institute says that only two states–Illinois and Alaska, have lost payroll jobs in 2014.

Wamac Road Oiling

August 18, 2014 Comments off

The City of Wamac will be oiling roads on the east and west sides of town on Thursday, August 12st. Take care not to drive through freshly oiled roads.

Kell Men Crushed By Truck

August 18, 2014 Comments off

Two Kell teens working on a pickup truck in a pole barn were injured when the two jacks holding up the truck slipped and fell on them.  

Kell Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says 18-year-old Cody Johnson and 18-year-old Cole Dodson were taken to Good Samaritan Health Center in Mt. Vernon and Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon for treatment of chest pains.  Original plans were to air lift at least one of the two to a St. Louis Hospital, but weather conditions prevented the medical helicopters from flying.   

McDaneld says the incident occurred in a pole barn on the property of Johnson’s step-father Stan McCarty on the 54-hundred block of Kell Road.  McCarty was immediately notified by the girlfriends of the two victims who were watching them work.  McCarty was able to jack the truck back up so the two could get out.   

The heavy rain Sunday morning may have played a role in the accident, as the dirt floor in the pole barn had become slippery.   A sheriff’s deputy on the scene reports the injuries may have been worse if the truck had fallen all the way to the dirt floor.  Instead it fell onto the tires from the truck that had been shoved underneath the vehicle.   

The incident occurred around 8:30 Sunday night.  

Cardboard Boat Races Held

August 18, 2014 Comments off

The Salem Aquatic Center had several participants in the cardboard boat races in the pool on Saturday.  

Mallory Daniels in command of the SFAC Attack took first placein the 12 to 17 year old age division.  Ethan Eyman and Jonathan Eyman took first place in the 7 to 11 year old division with their entry Insta-Gator.  Eric Barham in SS Barham took second and also won the award for Fan Favorite.  

Dennis Wollin in the Silver Seal won the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking.   

Two Weekend DUI Arrests

August 18, 2014 Comments off

Two weekend non-injury accidents have led to driving under the influence arrests.   

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say 44-year-old Cynthia Brown of East 7th in Junction City was traveling southbound on Old U.S. 51 south of Sandoval on Saturday night when she ran off the west side of the road.  Initial reports indicate Brown was injured, but emergency personnel on the scene report she was sitting outside her car.  Brown reportedly told them she wasn’t injured, but was ‘drunk and disorderly’.  After a portable breathalizer indicated Brown had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit of intoxication, she was arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage.   Brown later posted bond and was released from the Marion County Jail.  

A 29-year-old Centralia man was arrested by Centralia Police on multiple charges after he allegedly ran into a parked car and left the scene.  Dale Wessel of South Pine was arrested for alleged driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked license, no insurance and leaving the scene of a non-injury accident.  Wessel is accused of striking a parked car owned by Matthew Shook in front of his home in the 600 block of South Sycamore.  The wreck occurred at 1:56 Sunday morning.  

22 States Honor Illinois’ Concealed Carry Permit

August 18, 2014 Comments off

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) – Officials say more states are recognizing Illinois’ concealed carry permit. 

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports 22 states honor Illinois’ permit. They include surrounding states, most of the Midwest and parts of the West and South. 

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson says the state’s 16-hour course is likely a factor. It’s among the longest. However, Illinois doesn’t have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn’t recognize other state permits. 

Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states. 

Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry. The bill approved in 2013 was due to a court order. 

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