Author Archives: Monica Seals

Chicago man receives life sentence for murder of Centralia woman

MARION COUNTY — A 46-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Monday in Marion County Court to life in prison for the 2018 murder of a Centralia woman in her home. A Marion County jury found Lorenzo Patton guilty in September of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Precious Jones. Judge Allan Lolie denied a defense…Read more…

4th teen dies after October crash in southern Illinois

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — A fourth teenager has died from injuries in an October car crash in southern Illinois. Max Koehler of rural Vienna died Thursday while in hospice care in Missouri. Max would have turned 16 on Dec. 7. Students and teachers at Vienna High School are encouraged to wear anything associated with one…Read more…

AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca and Oxford University acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their COVID-19 vaccine. A statement Wednesday describing the error came days after the company and the university described the shots as “highly effective” and made no mention of why some participants didn’t receive as much vaccine…Read more…

Kinmundy woman formally charged with child sex assault, child pornography

MARION COUNTY — A 31-year-old Kinmundy woman was formally charged Monday morning in Marion County Court with multiple Class X felonies accusing her of child sex crimes. Vickie Odem had been arrested in Clay County on a $500,000 Marion County warrant issued November 20 and remains in the Marion County Jail. The warrant charges Odem…Read more…

Man slain in Chicago dispute over hands in Thanksgiving food

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fatal fight that began when he put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers. James Dixon is charged with killing Vincell Jackson, who was the boyfriend of the Thanksgiving party host. A prosecutor says Jackson was trying to escort Dixon out of…Read more…

John Colton “EZ-Bake” Bounds Cluck

WALNUT HILL — John Colton “EZ-Bake” Bounds Cluck, 22, of Walnut Hill, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born August 21, 1998, in Kentucky, the son of Norman Cluck and Josie (Wood) Cluck. In addition to his parents: Norman and Josie Cluck of Walnut Hill,…Read more…

Sue Queen

CENTRALIA — Sue Queen, 81, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. She was born April 4, 1939, in Centralia, the daughter of Joseph H. Dailey and Norma Jean (Knight) Dailey. Sue married Howard “Buster” Queen on June 28, 1957, and he preceded her in death…Read more…

Betty R. Telford

CENTRALIA — Betty R. Telford, 94, of Centralia, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, at Fireside Nursing Home in Centralia. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may inquire for additional information.Read more…

Florence Smith

CENTRALIA — Florence Smith, 80, of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at SSM Health at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may inquire for additional information.Read more…

Betty Louise Corners

CENTRALIA — Betty Louise Corners, 96, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Funeral arrangements of Ms. Betty Louise Corners are in the care of Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois, where you may…Read more…