Belleville News-Democrat reporter Don O'Brien was in Southern Illinois near Ava, IL looking at the aftermath of strong storms that ripped through the area late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Gary Fults' farm was substantially damaged during the storms. Fults' farm is located about a mile south of Ava, IL in Jackson County.
A look at the storm damage in Southern Illinois
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126th Air Refueling Wing honored
Flashing lights spotted in sky
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See how Marine helped start Illinois’s bicentennial celebration
Darneshia Williams, a 36-year-old mother of five, talks about losing everything in a house fire in Fariview Heights. Since Friday, she and the youngest four children have been staying in a room at the America's Best Value Inn, provided by the Red Cross.
Hipster parents of Baby Jesus would certainly take a selfie and get gifts from Amazon as the Three Wise Men rode up on Segways. That is one of the nativities from around the world available through Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, IL.
On Monday, Marine and many other communities throughout Illinois, sparked the start of a 365-day celebration leading up to the state’s 200th birthday by hosting an Illinois Bicentennial flag-raising ceremony.