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Ex-Lincoln woman gets prison for lies

SPRINGFIELD - A former Lincoln woman has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for lying about the proceeds of a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Karen Diane Cohen, 53, now of Edmonds, Wash., lied to federal bankruptcy officials in 2000 regarding two years' worth of payments for a jackpot won in 1984.

When Cohen and her husband, Steve Shanie, divorced in 1984, the settlement included a court order that Cohen pay him $9,000 from each annual lottery payment of $50,000

Cohen filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and sought to drop the lottery payments to her ex-husband, saying she hadn't received the checks in 1997 and 1998.

Poker charity tourney to aid 4 organizations

CLINTON - The Clinton Rotary Club and attorney Kevin Hammer will host a "Texas Hold 'em" charity tournament Saturday to benefit four local organizations.

The tournament will open to the first 50 contestants at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Elks Club.

The Clinton YMCA, the Holiday Food Basket Drive, the Write Stuff for Kids Inc. and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will receive proceeds. The top three contestants, and the first player eliminated, will receive awards.

To register, call (217) 935-3186.

Water main break closes junior high

BENSON - Students in the Roanoke-Benson school district got an unexpected two-day vacation from classes this week after a water line broke at the junior high school.

The school closed early on Monday, but classes are expected to resume today.

Water was seen spewing from the ground at the school around noon. The village turned off the water, and administrators began sending junior high students home about 1 p.m.

Officials said the leak was likely due to an aging water line, and repairs were hampered because the line was under thick concrete.

Superintendent Lynn Curtis declared Tuesday and Wednesday as emergency days for all students in the district, canceling classes.

Scholar fund-raiser set Feb. 27 in LeRoy

LeROY - The Scholarship Auction in LeRoy will be Feb. 27.

Donations, due by Feb. 21, may be dropped off at LeRoy City Hall or at Silver Moon Restaurant.

Tickets, at $12 each, are available at City Hall, Silver Moon, Busey Bank, Flanagan Bank, Triple Play Video, or the school district's unit office.

Bowling tournament to benefit Red Cross

BLOOMINGTON - Circle Lanes, 1225 Holiday Drive, and Monical's Pizza in Normal are hosting the second annual American Red Cross of the Heartland bowling tournament on Feb. 23.

Teams of five pay a $60 entry fee, which includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, and refreshments.

Teams must sign up by Monday. Call (309) 662-0500, Ext. 58.

Black Heritage Ball planned for Feb. 25

NORMAL - Illinois State University's Black Student Union will host the 25th annual Black Heritage Ball at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25, in the Brown Ballroom at Bone Student Center.

Dinner begins at 6. Tickets are $15 and are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the second floor of Bone Student Center, or on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Black Student Union, 130E Student Services Building.

The featured speaker is author Velma Maia Thomas. Entertainment includes two plays.

Call (309) 438-5686.

Taste of Twin Cities to help fund ODC

BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-based Occupational Development Center will host "The Taste of the Twin Cities" from 7 to 10 p.m. March 4 at The Chateau.

Gregg Carey, contestant from "Survivor Palau," will emcee. Carey works in Chicago and is a friend of an ODC board member.

Tickets are $50 per person or $70 per couple. The event includes food and beverages, live music and silent and live auctions.

Call (309) 820-0723, Ext. 307, or e-mail


Guitar, hand drum stolen from apartment

NORMAL - A Johnson-brand 12-string guitar and an African hand drum were stolen from an apartment in the 600 block of Hillview Drive between Feb. 10 and 13, according to police reports.

Setting it right


Podcasting - Two Web site addresses were incorrect in a story about podcasting in Wednesday's Pantagraph. The correct addresses are for the book "Raycrafts' Americana" and securityguardtheater. com for R.C. Raycraft's police-film clips.

The Pantagraph values accuracy. If you see something that is inaccurate, report it to the editor of the section. All corrections will run in this space, except Sundays. If you are not sure whom to call, contact Editor Terry Greenberg at (309) 820-3230 or or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or .


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