Affordable Care Act Deadline Extended

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WSIL — If you missed the deadline to enroll in a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act, the deadline has been extended to April 30 in Illinois. But you must meet certain criteria.

Sarah Miller, the lead navigator at Shawnee Health shares more about this special enrollment period.

To view health insurance plans in the marketplace, visit Get Covered Illinois.


Police Beat for Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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A 19-year-old Kell man is being held in the Marion County Jail for criminal damage to property.  Donte Rush of England Road was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after allegedly breaking a window at his home.

A 27-year-old Central City man remains in custody for theft and resisting a peace officer.  Jacob Neff of Douglas Street was arrested by Central City Police while leaving the Citgo station with a bottle of liquor he allegedly had stolen from inside. Neff allegedly resisted being handcuffed after the bottle of liquor was allegedly found hidden in the front of his pants.

24-year-old Blake Shahan of East Broadway in Centralia posted $800 bond and was released on outstanding Marion and Washington County warrants.  

Centralia Holding Drug Symposium Tuesday Night

March 24, 2015 Comments off

The City of Centralia will be hosting a drug symposium Tuesday night that is open to everyone in the community.  It will be held at six Tuesday night in the Centralia City Council Chambers.  

Joe Richardson of the Awaken Project based in St. Louis will discuss drug addiction and the impacts it makes on young lives and families.   Others scheduled to speak are Centralia Police Chief Doug Krutsinger and School Resource Officer Gary Denton, Judge Ericka Sanders who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, Sheriff Rich Stevenson, and State Police Officer Brad Blackburn who is part of the State’s Meth Task Force.  Blackburn specializes in educating school staff about what to watch for among students.   

Over 2,500 students are scheduled to see the program in two presentations at Centralia High School during the school day on Tuesday.  

Kaskaskia College Awards Bid For Phase II of Veterans Tribute

March 24, 2015 Comments off

The committee is still accepting names and branches of service for veterans to place on the wall.  Those wishing to include names are asked to include the veteran’s full name, middle initial and branch of service.  This can be done on the Veterans Tribute website at, through any member of the Tribute Committee, or by calling 618-545-3177.  

In other action, the board approved the College to proceed with the bidding process for the Pedestrian Bridge Improvement project on the main campus.  BLDD Architects of Decatur, Illinois will proceed with professional services, construction documents, and the bidding process for the design of the Pedestrian Bridge Improvement project, funded by Protection, Health, and Safety tax levy funds.

The Board approved a resolution for the college to award the bid for the security system improvements to Phone Masters of Wood River, IL.  Funding for this project will come from a grant received from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and PHS Funds.

In personnel action, the Board approved the hiring of Wade Hunter of Sandoval as the new Maintenance Specialist and Terry Whipple of Iuka as the new TRIO Specialist.  The Board also approved the retirements of Library Services Technician Linda Wimberly and Adult Education and Literacy Volunteer Coordinator Pam Woefel effective June 30, 2015.

The Board accepted a donation of trusses for the Carpentry Program from Rehkemper and Sons of St. Rose.

Old Motel Building in Centralia To Be Torn Down

March 24, 2015 Comments off

“This is a premo piece of property on a main street.  I think this is an excellent way to take care of it.  I wish we didn’t have to take this chance, but I think we have to get this property in order to clean it up,” said Sauer.

The city first began court action over the property two years ago.  

The council approved a resolution authorizing the use of the city parking lot at the corner of Locust and Second Street for a Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.  The Farmer’s Market will be held from the end of May until October 24th.  The resolution also names Terry Herrell as Market Master.  

The Centralia Youth Commission made $370 donations to both the CCBA Food Pantry and the Pregnancy Center.  The money is the proceeds from the East to Compete Fund Raiser held at a recent Centralia-Mt. Vernon basketball game.

Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Heroin in Centralia

March 24, 2015 Comments off

WSIL — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in Centralia.

Dominique A. Burwell, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.

Federal prosecutors said the crimes occurred between Sept. 2012 and Oct. 2014 in Marion County. According to court documents, Burwell and two co-defendants took orders on a cell phone and then arranged to meet with buyers at a designated location.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

The FBI, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation.


Police Beat for Monday March 23rd, 2015

March 23, 2015 Comments off

Two Jefferson County men face charges after a stolen handgun was allegedly found in their possession during a Sunday traffic stop in Centralia.  Centralia Police say 26-year-old Daniel Irizarry of Opdyke was arrested on multiple charges.  They include driving under the influence no valid fireowners ID card, and possession of cannabis of under 2.5 grams as well as possession of a stolen firearm.  A passenger, 23-year-old Christopher Cobb of Jones State in Mt. Vernon, was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm.  The gun was reportedly stolen during an earlier burglary in Mt. Vernon.   It was unloaded.

An 18-year-old Iuka man was arrested Sunday for alleged domestic battery.  Gavin Meers of Thomas Street is accused of pushing his mother Joyce Meers into a kitchen table at their home.  

27-year-old David Horath of Salem Mobile Home Park remained in custody after being arrested by Salem Police on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.

27-year-old Eric Lloyd of West Third in Centralia was arrested by Central City Police on an outstanding Effingham County warrant.  He was released after posted $500 bond.

57-year-old Gregory Harris Senior of Rural Hill Road in Nashville posted $150 and was released after being arrested by State Police for driving on a suspended license.


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