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A Prayer Vigil has been planned for the Centralia community Sunday afternoon.

The event is being scheduled in the aftermath of the unresolved shooting death of Dustin Rhynes of Irvington on a northeast side Centralia street last Sunday night.

Organizer Lisa Atkins believes in the power of Prayer and that prayer changes things.   She started planning the event after Rhynes body was found in an alley behind her grandmother's home.  

"That was my first desire to bring the community together so we can pray for change and God's love will prevail in this community," said Atkins.

Atkins says a number of ministers will be on hand to offer the prayers for unity, peace as well as for the community and families.  

A family friend, former NBA star Anthony Bonner has agreed to come to Centralia to deliver a message to the young people of the Centralia community.  She hoping for a large turnout of young people along with their families to begin the transformation. 

Atkins says they need to return to family values and deal with the issue of fear in talking about what they know about recent crimes.

"For those who maybe aware of what has occurred, I believe you will find there is more support for you than against you in coming forth and sharing what you know.  The police need our help.  We have to break that code of silence and say that type of behavior is not going to be tolerated in our community any longer," said Atkins.

The prayer vigil is scheduled to begin at three Sunday afternoon in Laura Leake Park.  


Those who died as a result of suicide will be remembered on the Marion County Courthouse Square Sunday night.  

100 candle bags will be lit around 8:30 Sunday night as a memorial to represent the 96 suicides in the area in the last seven years.  Many will include the names of those who have died from suicides.  

Sarah Boyles of Salem, who is coordinating the effort, says Marion County has one of the highest per capita rates of suicide in the state.  She is pleased to see the Community Resource Center and area churches joining the effort as well.  

Boyles is hoping the prevention movement can spread to the schools.  She feels the most important information is that almost 100-percent of those who survived suicide attempts are relieved they lived.  

Information will be available at the memorial Sunday night on assistance to those contemplating suicide from the Community Resource Center.  Boyles also encourages those who are contemplating suicide to utilize the national suicide hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK.  


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lance Lynn pitched neatly into the eighth inning before leaving with ankle injury that's not considered serious, beating San Francisco for the first time in his career as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Giants 6-0 Saturday.

Lynn (11-8) awkwardly came off the mound to field Juan Perez's leadoff chopper in the eighth and twisted his right ankle trying to throw to first. That was Lynn's final batter, and he exited with a mild ankle sprain that will be reevaluated Sunday.

Lynn gave up six hits, struck out two and walked two. He had been 0-4 with a 6.33 ERA in his previous four regular-season starts against San Francisco and 0-1 in three postseason outings.

The right-hander outpitched Ryan Vogelsong (9-10) after losing to him 2-0 on Aug. 18 at Busch Stadium.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fifth. Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single for the lead and Yadier Molina capped it with a two-run single.


Salem Township Hospital is holding an open house from two to five Sunday afternoon for the new private patient rooms and new Intensive Care Unit.

While a previous open house was held, Hospital President John Kessler said not everything was finished and rooms were not fully furnished.  

"It will be completely set up and ready for them to experience what they can expect to experience during their time here as an inpatient.  It will be an opportunity for them to see the finished product one more time before we close it up," said Kessler.  "Once September 15th gets here, you will no longer be able to tour through that space because it will be a clinical space."

Kessler says there is no program and everyone is welcome to come and go as they please.  

Patients will move from the current shared rooms in the 'A' wing on September 15th.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.

The numerical locking devices will be similar to those used on gym lockers and will be placed on the pill bottles.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law this week. It takes effect in 2016.

The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

State Sen. Iris Martinez was one of the sponsors of the bill. The Chicago Democrat says "too many Illinoisans become addicted to these powerful medications."

She says the new program will help stop those without prescriptions from using the drug.




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