Category Archives: Local News

Suit says Waffle House shooting suspect’s father negligent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil lawsuit against the father of the man accused of fatally shooting four people at a Waffle House in Nashville last year is moving forward. Shaundelle Brooks is the mother of victim Akilah DaSilva. She is suing Jeffrey Reinking for negligence and conspiracy because he returned several guns to his…Read more…

Bail set at $150k for Centralia man charged with child sex offense

MARION COUNTY — Bail has been set at $150,000 for a 49-year-old Centralia man formally charged in Marion County court with a Class X felony for the alleged sexual assault of a child. Carl L. Privatt was formally charged Friday with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. A Class…Read more…

101-year-old woman, avid deer hunter, bags 2 with 1 shot

MORGANTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot. The Clarion Ledger reports veteran hunter Bertha Vickers made the twofer during her first successful hunt at age 101. She says getting two in one a few days after her Jan. 9 birthday was…Read more…

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and…Read more…

Illinois unemployment up slightly, so is jobs growth

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 14,000 jobs based on preliminary data. The November unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. IDES also adjusted November jobs gains upward to 8,000 jobs…Read more…

Rural bankers in 10 states worry over farm loan defaults

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the Rural Mainstreet survey for January said they expect farm loan defaults to be the year’s…Read more…

Father of Waffle House shooting suspect wants suit dropped

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The father of a man accused of fatally shooting four people at a Nashville Waffle House last year wants a lawsuit against him by a victim’s mother thrown out. The suit accuses Jeffrey Reinking of negligence and conspiracy for returning several guns to his mentally unstable son. Illinois revoked Travis Reinking’s…Read more…

Bluford School Addition “Anchoring Point” for Future of Community

Bluford School Addition “Anchoring Point” for Future of Community

The Bluford School District is putting the finishing touches on their new high school wing being constructed to their school. The new addition will include four new classrooms, a new science lab, a media center, and a new gymnasium. Bluford Schools Superintendent Shane Gordon says along with more space, the new wing provides an identity…Read more…