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Riverton Man Arrested For Petersburg Robberies

U.S. Marshals apprehended a Sangamon County man on Monday in relation to a month long investigation into a burglary out of rural Petersburg. On November 15th at 1:47AM, Menard County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at the Parkside Tavern in rural Petersburg. While en route, deputies encountered a vehicle they believed to be occupied by the suspects of the burglary. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle refused to stop and fled. Deputies pursued the vehicle into the City of Springfield with the assistance of multiple Sangamon County law enforcement agencies. The vehicle eventually stopped in the 2600 block of South College Street in Springfield and the occupants fled the scene on foot. Attempts to locate the suspects were unsuccessful. However, evidence from the suspect vehicle was obtained.
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Elkhart Hill Vineyard To Release Noveau Wine

On December 12th, Elkhart Hill Vineyard will release its first wine from grapes produced on Elkhart Hill. These Marquette grapes were picked by the Conn Family alongside family and friends on August 25, 2022. The New Kid Nouveau Wine is the first wine to be produced from Elkhart Hill Vineyard....

Flu cases, hospitalizations are on the rise

It's turning out to be a bad flu season. Memorial Health reports it is seeing a dramatic increase at its five area hospitals, following national trends. “This year’s strains of influenza are proving to be highly contagious,” said Raj Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health senior vice president and chief physician executive. “We don’t like to see this kind of increase this early in the flu season. We strongly encourage people to be proactive about protecting themselves and others from contracting the flu right now. People who are young, elderly and immunocompromised are especially at risk for dangerous complications.”

Teenager arrested for SUV theft in Stanford

STANFORD – Stanford Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile suspected of stealing a sport utility vehicle that was later found wrecked and abandoned in Urbana. Police Chief Dustin Carter said in a Facebook post that the SUV was stolen October 31. Police entered the report in a database that can be seen by all law enforcement agencies. Five days later, on November 4, Urbana Police said they recovered the vehicle.

Prep Sports Recap for Dec. 7, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Matthew Juergens scored 14 points and Pekin cruised to a 64-41 win over visiting Delavan on Wednesday. Elmwood and Peoria Heights also won in boys basketball. Lewistown and Princeville were among the girls basketball winners Wednesday. Enjoy the highlights.

Several central Illinois counties are at an elevated level for COVID-19

Health officials remain concerned that too few are getting the new COVID booster shots. The shots have been available since September. In Illinois, just over 16% of the eligible population have received the booster dose. Compare that to 70% who have completed their primary series of vaccines. The concern comes...
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County board reorganizes, elects new officers

CLINTON — New county clerk Kari Harris administered the oath of office Monday to new and returning county board members. Harris swore-in board members district by district. New members to take the oath on Monday included Kristina Deerwester, Tom Farris, Patrick Ryan, John Werts and Joe Witte. Returning members include Buck Carter, Terry Ferguson, Dan Matthews, Megan Myers, Jamie Prestegaard, Brian Riddle and Melonie Tilley.
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City tax levy 3.66 percent lower

CLINTON — Because the city has done such a good job of fully funding its pension funds, the annual tax levy approved Tuesday by the city council is 3.66 percent lower than last year. City treasurer Clint Lichtenwalter also told commissioners during Tuesday’s city council meeting the tax rate...
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Thank you to veterans and friends for providing Thanksgiving dinners

To those of you who heard about or enjoyed a dinner prepared and delivered, I know you would join me in thanking a group of our veterans, their families and friends, who stepped up and handed out meals. The aroma of good food from the American Legion building, in Clinton,...

Christmas trees look different this year. Here's why.

MT. PULASKI, Ill. (WAND) - Kelly Aylesworth and her husband have operated the North Fork Tree Farm in Mt. Pulaski for over 30 years. But this year, they’ve noticed the trees look a little different. On average, the pine and fir trees are shorter in height. She said drought...

Depot upgrades discussed at WV Village Board meeting

The Williamsville Village Board spent some time at Monday’s meeting discussing the old depot. Trustee Heather Hofferkamp noted that the stove from the Community Center will be moved to the depot after the new appliances arrive, and the carpet will be cleaned. There will also be a fresh coat of paint and some bathroom repairs.
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UPDATED: Niantic Cinema closes permanently

Dec. 5—EAST LYME — Niantic Cinema is closing permanently. The theater, located on Main Street in Niantic, shut its doors in September, citing a lack of quality films. The plan was to reopen in mid-December, when better movies would presumably be released, George Mitchell, whose family owns Niantic Cinema, said at the time.
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Lady Maroons’ varsity clobbers Lady Redskins

CLINTON — After going 1-3 in the homespun Turkey Tussle, the Lady Maroons have the regular season well in hand. The first regular season conference game was on a chilly Thursday, December 1, against the Lady Redskins of Sullivan. The varsity teams arrived on the hardwood with Clinton producing...

Farmer City offers lifeguard training for public pool

FARMER CITY, Ill. (WCIA) — To seek more lifeguards for its public pool this year, the City of Farmer City offers a group training class to local candidates. The city will hold the class at the Clinton YMCA over Christmas break. City officials said they will also distribute it at Blue Ridge High School. The city-funded […]
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Man Charged With Murdering Wife In Macon Co.

Bond is set at ten-million-dollars for a Macon County man charged with murdering his wife and attempting to kill himself. Authorities say deputies discovered Jeffrey Lourash with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head last Wednesday in a Warrensburg home on Durfee Street. His wife, Tabitha Lourash, was found shot...