Okawville beats Illini Bluffs in state championship
NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD)– The Okawville Rockets won the state championship after playing against the Illini Bluffs Tigers on Saturday. The Illini Bluffs lead 10-5 in the first quarter before Okawville narrowed the gap during the second quarter, leaving the Bluffs with just a one point lead at 15-14. After...
State Basketball |Okawville back-to-back state champions
Members of the Okawville basketball team celebrate with their state trophy at CEFCU Arena after defeating Illini Bluffs in the Class 1A championship game. The Lady Rockets defeated the Tigers, 48-36. More photos and game story coming soon.
Peoria Notre Dame wins IHSA girls basketball state title on buzzer-beating jumper
NORMAL — The Peoria Notre Dame Irish defeated the Nashville Hornets 48-46 to win the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state championship game Saturday at CEFCU Arena. Emy...
Police Beat for Friday, March 1st, 2024
Three people were taken to the Marion County Jail on Thursday on outstanding warrants. 31-year-old Cody Buchanan of the Odin area was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies on an outstanding Clinton County felony no-bond warrant. 42-year-old Jessie Beer of East 4th in Centralia was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies...
See Dozens of Hot Air Balloons at Illinois Balloon Festival This Summer
There's something whimsical about hot air balloons, and you can see dozens of them in Illinois this summer. There's something kind of whimsical about seeing a hot air balloon in the sky, and these days we don't seem to see them very often. Hot air balloons have been around since the 1700s and work on the heat-rising principle. Virgin Balloon Flights explains:
Okawville police chief charged with domestic battery
OKAWVILLE — A Washington County police chief was formally charged in court this week with domestic battery. According to court records, 40-year-old Thomas Adam Hall was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery causing bodily harm in connection with incidents on February 22 and 23rd. Charging documents say Hall allegedly grabbed...
Former Centralia Correctional Officer files lawsuit over masking termination
A former Centralia Correctional Center officer has filed a federal lawsuit over his dismissal for what he says is for failing to follow the mandatory masking policy during COVID-19. Garrett Rose of Salem cited religious grounds for not wearing a mask from March to May 2022 where he was denied...
Okawville, Nashville to play for state girls basketball titles
NORMAL, IL — On Saturday, two girls’ basketball teams from the area will compete for Illinois State Basketball championships. Okawville, the defending 1A state champion, defeated St. Bede 44-30 to advance to the state title game. The Rockets, with a record of 24-11, will face Illini Bluffs, who has a record of 32-4, to defend […]
Centralia woman handed 14 years on multiple retail theft charges
CLINTON COUNTY — A 55-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced in Clinton County Court to 14 years in prison for multiple retail thefts. According to Clinton County State’s Attorney J.D. Brandmeyer, Cindy Britt had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of Class 4 felony retail theft for incidents that occurred at Walmart and Buchheit’s in Centralia in late 2021 and early 2022.
Centralia Police trying to unravel shooting of 14-year-old in street fight
Centralia Police say a 14-year-old juvenile boy was shot once in the leg during a Tuesday night street argument at Gragg and McKee Streets. The juvenile was transported via private vehicle to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Initial information indicates three people in the...
Marcella R. “Sally” Gerdes
Marcella R. “Sally” Gerdes, nee Varel, age 85, of Bartelso, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2024 at her home. She was born January 2, 1939 in Bartelso, a daughter of the late William “Bill” and Margaret, nee Hemker, Varel. In addition to her parents, Sally was...
Gerald D. “Jerry” Becker
Gerald D. “Jerry” Becker, age 75, of Bartelso, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2024 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 4, 1948 in Breese, a son of the late Bernard and Adele, nee Voss, Becker. Jerry married...
Part Of College Avenue Closed Due To Falling Bricks
The City of Greenville closed a portion of West College Avenue Thursday night due to a collapse of the old FP Joy building. Second floor bricks fell to the sidewalk and out into the street. Mario’s Pizza, located adjacent to the building was open when the incident occurred, but then closed for the night. No one was injured.
Highschool Basketball | 04 March Meridian Boys Game Notice
The Meridian Boys Basketball team will have a Playoff game with Christ Our Rock Lutheran(Centralia, IL) on 04 March, 2024, 7 PM. As of now, Bobcats has won 6 games and lost 16 games, and the winning rate is 0.273.
‘This place is horrific’: Complaint details problems at southern Illinois funeral home
“This place is horrific, looks like something from a scary, filthy freak show,” a complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation stated.
More On Downtown Demolition
Due to Thursday night’s collapse of some of the south wall at the old FP Joy building in downtown Greenville, Greenville City Manager Jo Hollenkamp told WGEL Friday morning, that demolition work plans had been changed. The demolition of the former Marti Law Office building, on North Second Street,...
St. Bede Falls In State Semifinal To Okawville
A sluggish 3rd quarter doomed the St. Bede Academy Lady Bruins Thursday afternoon at state. State-ranked Okawville outscored the Lady Bruins 15 to 6 in the fateful 3rd to pull away from just a two-point halftime lead. St. Bede could never make a big run and fell in the state semifinal 44-30.
Fort Smith man sentenced for trafficking 40 pounds of meth in Illinois
A Fort Smith man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for tracking about 40 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Illinois.
Nelson Scores 71 Points In 2 Games Thursday To Lead Altamont To 1a 3rd Place…Okawvillle & Nashville Advance To State Title Games Repping Washington County
Altamont took 3rd place at the IHSA Class 1a state tournament splitting a pair of games yesterday at CEFCU Arena in Normal. Altamont lost their semifinal game in overtime 60-48. Nelson scored 32 points in the loss. In the 3rd place game last night, Altamont regrouped and came out with amazing energy winning 64-56 win over Peru St Bede with Nelson adding another 39. She scored 71 points on the day finishing 2 points shy of the State Tournament record as the Lady Indians finish their historic season at 28-7. Nelson will return to Normal next season as she is signed to play with Illinois State.
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