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US, Russia try to end Ukraine crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-stakes talks on Friday aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion. Armed with seemingly intractable and diametrically opposed demands, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister…

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Poggenpohl announces run for State’s Attorney

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl has formally announced his candidacy for election to the office of Christian County State’s Attorney. Poggenpohl is seeking election in the November, 2022 special election caused by State’s Attorney Mike Havera’s recent resignation. Poggenpohl was brought into the office by Havera to get acclimated to the…

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Spears case drives California bid to limit conservatorships

DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disability rights activists and advocates for Britney Spears backed a California proposal Wednesday to provide more protections for those under court-ordered conservatorships, while promoting less-restrictive alternatives. Their move came as the volatile Spears case again boiled over in a Los Angeles County courtroom. The hearing to settle…

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Courthouse

Court appearances Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Jan. 20, 2022: James M. Assad, 20CF277, armed robbery and felon possession/use of firearm, had pre-trial continued until Mar.…

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Earlyne Jeanette Keel

March 27, 1932 — January 19, 2022 Earlyne Jeanette Keel, 89, of Taylorville, passed away at 7:28a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born in Chicago on March 27, 1932, the daughter of Earl Leroy and Albie E. (Kloboucnik) Burchfield. She married James Willard Keel on June 8, 1952 at…

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New Mo Willems ‘Pigeon’ book to be released in September

NEW YORK (AP) — An imprint launched last week by Barnes & Noble Inc. has signed up one of the country’s top children’s author-illustrators, Mo Willems, best known for his “Pigeon” picture books. Willems has a five-book deal with Union Square Kids, including for “The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!”, scheduled to come out…

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Coroner investigating death of Tennessee man

TAYLORVILLE — On January 17, 2022 at approximately 3:45A.M., 911 received a call that a male was unresponsive in a residence of East Adams. Emergency services arrived and requested the coroner. Deputy Coroner Gerald McPhillips identified the male as 37-year-old Kenneth Vest, of Camden, Tenn. An autopsy was held in Bloomington and preliminary results are…

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Alma Mae Murphy

Alma Mae Murphy is celebrating her first birthday today, Thursday, January 20, 2022. She is the daughter of Rick and Ashley (Pelichoff) Murphy or Blue Mound. Alma’s grandparents are Dean and Lauralee Pelichoff of Taylorville, Debby Murphy of Springfield, and the late Robert “Larry” Murphy, also of Springfield. Her great-grandparents include Bill Luttrell and Eileen…

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Gary Conner No. 2022-PR-10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CHRISTIAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS   ESTATE OF GARY CONNER     Deceased   No. 2022-PR-10   DEATH AND CLAIM NOTICE   Notice is given to claimants of the Estate of Gary Conner, Deceased.   Letters Testamentary were issued on January 14, 2022 to Dale Eggimann, as Executor, whose attorney…

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Taylorville CUSD #3 RFQ Architectural Services

 Request For Qualifications – Architectural Services   RFQ Notice No. 2022-TC1   Taylorville CUSD#3 will accept sealed proposals at the Unit Office, Taylorville High School, 815 Springfield Road, Suite B, Taylorville, IL 62568 for Architectural Services no later than Friday, February 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.   Specifications and instructions can be obtained from the…

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