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The Odin Village Board reviewed plans for the annual Easter Egg Hunt that will be held at two Saturday afternoon.  The event is for Odin and Odin Township residents only.  There will be three age divisions, toddler through age 4; 5 to 7 years of age and eight to 11 years old.  

In other action Thursday night, the board approved the $2,000 budget request for summer recreation programs in the Odin Park submitted by John Spears.  The request is lower than in past years.  

Odin residents are reminded the Odin Village Hall will be closed on April 30th and May 1st for employee computer training.   

The Odin Redevelopment Council has scheduled a spaghetti dinner from four to eight pm on May 31st at the First Baptist Church.  Proceeds will go towards ORDC projects.  


The Wamac City Park will once again be the location for the Centralia area Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.  

Mayor Butch Mathus is once again coordinating the event.  He reports ten-thousand plastic eggs will be hidden, with multiple winners in each age bracket including bikes, Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies.  

There will be three age divisions, 0-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  Mathus says every child will receive a gift bag.  He encourages kids and their families to begin arriving around noon.  

Mathus credits area civic organizations, businesses and individuals for the donations that make the event possible.  About 500 attended the Easter Egg Hunt last year.  


Three people have entered guilty pleas in Marion County Court.

34-year-old Charles Hammond of Salem pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property for damaging a door on the Sarah Nibert home in Salem Mobile Home Park earlier this month.  Hammond was ordered to serve 30 days in the Marion County Jail, pay a $100 fine and court costs, and make a $25 contribution to the Marion County Crimestoppers.   A status hearing on restitution was set for May 29th.   

49-year-old Richard Cummins of South Maple in Sandoval pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon.  He was placed on one year conditional discharge, ordered to pay court costs, and have no contact with Daniel Hammer or Deena Wilson.   Cummins admitted having a .22 caliber revolver in his vehicle in August 2012.  

23-year-old Matilda Caples of Conger Street in Mt. Vernon was placed one 18 months court supervision, fined $100 and costs, and ordered to pay a $300 drug assessment after pleading guilty to possession of ten to 30 grams of cannabis.  


Salem Police are investigating criminal damage to the Christina and Devin Polanski home on Duffy Place.  A large plant was taken from the front porch and was thrown through a plate glass window.  A brick was also reportedly thrown through the window.  The Polanski's were home at the time of the incident just before five Friday morning.

18-year-old Nikkitta Campbell of East Jackson in Centralia was being held in the Marion County Jail Friday for felony criminal damage to property.  Campbell is accused of damaging a car owned by Hubert Charlton of East Broadway during an argument.

20-year-old Britton McCray of East Cormick in Centralia was arrested Thursday by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies on a drug court sanction.  


Another IDNR Official Departs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A top Illinois Department of Natural Resources official from DuBois in Washington County is the latest administrator to leave the agency.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports Tony Mayville was fired Monday from his position with the DNR's Office and Mines and Minerals.

Mayville says his unsuccessful bid for an Illinois House seat was carried out before the DNR's chief cleared him to run. Mayville says his handling of campaign donations from a coal company also was a factor.

Mayville's departure follows the resignation of another top administrator, Travis Lloyd of Kinmundy, who attended professional fishing tournaments while on sick leave.   The agency's acting director of Mines and Minerals quit after revelations a campaign fund he controlled accepted contributions from a coal company.

IDNR confirms Mayville's departure but won't elaborate.





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