• The Illinois Department of Natural resources has released preliminary numbers on number of deer taken during last weekend's three day shotgun deer hunting season.

    In Marion County, 1,081 deer were taken, up 30 from the first shotgun hunting season last year. In Clay County, 760 deer were taken, down 24. Clinton COunty had 495 deer harvested, 38 more than last year. In Fayette County 1,008 deer were taken, down 42 from last year. Jefferson County saw 1,328 harvested, up 52. In Washington County, 695 deer were taken, up 23. The take in Wayne County was down 58 to 977.

    Statewide, 51,365 deer were harvested. That's down from 54,452 taken during the first shotgun deer hunting weekend last year.

  • Most federal, state and local government offices are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday and Friday.

    In Salem, city hall is closed both Thursday and Friday. There is no garbage pickup on Thursday, with pickup on Friday instead. Thursday's landscape waste was picked up early this week, on Wednesday.

    In Centralia, city hall is closed on both Thursday and Friday. Thursday garbage and landscape waste will be on Friday and Friday's regular pickup is delayed until Saturday.

    Area courthouses are also closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Centralia City Fire Captain John Lynch says a child playing with a cigarette lighter apparently started a fire that destroyed one unit of a Marion County Housing Authority duplex early Wednesday morning.

    Sandra Norwood of 1045 Maulding Drive told firemen her six-year-old son woke her around 1:30 Wednesday morning to say his bed was on fire. Lynch says the fire quickly spread through the unit, which also received heavy smoke and heat damage. He reports the boy admitted setting a pillow on fire, which apparently started the blaze.

    Total damage is listed at $20,000. Lynch doubts Norwood will be to save anything.

    Lynch says they were able to save the other unit of the duplex, which received just minor smoke and water damage.

    All available Centralia City Firemen were called in to fight the blaze. There were no injuries. Firemen were on the scene for an hour and a half.

    Lynch says the fire is a good reminder of the importance of keeping smoking materials out of reach of young children to prevent fires from being set. He notes the department also emphasizes the dangers of setting fires in fire prevention efforts held in the schools.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say a 15-year-old Mt. Vernon male juvenile was treated and released at Salem Township Hospital after a stolen pickup truck he was driving crashed in rural Iuka.

    Reports indicate the truck was taken from Mt. Vernon Township High School on Tuesday morning. Mt. Vernon Police later spotted the truck but terminated an effort to stop the truck for safety concerns. The owner of the truck, riding with a friend, later followed the vehicle from the Bluford area to a rural area near Iuka.

    They also lost sight of the truck that was later found crashed and on its top by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies at the Bottom Road and Skillet Ford Road intersection. The boy had gotten out of the vehicle on his own and offered no resistance to police and emergency medical technicians called to the scene.

    After treatment, the juvenile was released to the custody of his guardians. Charges are expected to be filed in Jefferson County.

  • Salem Police say a vehicle owned by Nanette Basham was burglarized in the 11-hundred block of West Pine.

    A tablet computer and bag of change were stolen.

    Basham reported the theft occurred sometime between 5 pm on November 20th and 4:20 Tuesday afternoon.