Author Archives: Monica Seals

Delbert W. Livesay

CENTRALIA — Delbert W. Livesay, 87, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Thursday, November 26, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, Illinois. Funeral arrangements of Mr. Delbert W. Livesay are in the care of Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois, where you may call…Read more…

Bail set at $500k for Kinmundy woman charged with child sex assault

MARION COUNTY — A 31-year-old Kinmundy woman has been arrested in Clay County on an outstanding warrant from Marion County charging her with sexually assaulting a child. Vickie Odem is being held in the Marion County Jail with bail set at $500,000. The warrant charges her with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under…Read more…

Chicago-area priest investigated for past child sex abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is investigating claims that a suburban priest sexually abused children about 25 years ago. Cardinal Blase Cupich wrote a letter Saturday saying he asked the Rev. David Ryan to “step away from ministry” after the archdiocese received the allegations. Ryan is pastor at St. Francis de Sales Catholic…Read more…

Deck the halls? Not at the Illinois Capitol due to virus

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus has extinguished some traditional holiday cheer at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. There will be no Christmas tree nor any holiday displays inside or outside the building. The Capitol for months has been closed to all but employees and others with permission. Tours were suspended months ago because of…Read more…

Legal group to help Illinoisans clear marijuana convictions

CHICAGO (AP) — A new legal group will help people with marijuana convictions clear their records. New Leaf Illinois launched earlier this month as part of the state’s law legalizing recreational cannabis. Under the law, people with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records expunged. New Leaf, a state-sponsored program, will help people do that.…Read more…

Charges: Indiana woman tried to conceal son’s role in deaths

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana woman whose son was convicted in the shooting deaths of two Lake County teenagers faces perjury and other charges for allegedly trying to conceal his role in the killings. Forty-seven-year-old Roxann Kerner of Chesterton is charged with felony obstruction of justice and perjury, and misdemeanor false informing. The…Read more…

Inmate from Arizona dies at Illinois prison after fight

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A 37-year-old inmate from Arizona has died at a northwestern Illinois prison after a fight with another inmate. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported the death of Edsel Aaron Badoni at Thomson prison on Friday night. Sauk Valley Media reports he died around 2:30 p.m. after the fight. The other inmate…Read more…

Illinois reports 57 more virus deaths among 7,178 new cases

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health officials in Illinois are reporting 57 more deaths from COVID-19, among 7,178 new confirmed and probable cases. There have been 720,114 COVID-19 cases in Illinois since the pandemic began. The death toll has reached 12,193 people. The state reported 62,740 tests in the past 24 hours with more than 10.4…Read more…

Centralia Fire responds to call of explosion, man on fire

CENTRALIA — Centralia City firefighters responded Friday morning to a report of an explosion and a man on fire in the 1900 block of Shook Lane. Reports indicate that around 9:25 Friday morning, an attempt to install a propane tank at the location resulted in the explosion and that people on scene were attempting to…Read more…

Barbara Louise (Bond) Gibson

CENTRALIA — Barbara Louise (Bond) Gibson of Centralia passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at the age of 80. She was born on January 1, 1940, the daughter of Forrest and Edna (Canall) Bond in Fairfield. She married Norman Tiemann (later divorced) and they had 2 children. She married Paul O. Gibson on September 22,…Read more…