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Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a small earthquake Thursday night near Benton in Franklin County.  The magnitude 2.7 tremor was centered nine miles east/northeast of Benton at 10:02 Thursday night.  The quake originated from a fairly

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colcsilasFairfield City Police Chief Brad Winter has announced his retirement.  Mayor Chuck Griswold has appointed Det. Sgt. Keith Colclasure (left) as the new chief.  Sgt. Silas Eckelberry (right) will become the new assistant chief.  Current Assistant Chief

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The public library in Albion and the Frontier Community College library have been issued $5,000 grants through the Illinois Secretary of State’s “Back to the Books” program.  A $4,000 grant was issued to the Norris City Memorial Library.

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A Freeze Warning is in effect from 1 a.m. – 9 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures Wednesday morning are forecast to dip to as low as 27. New early season vegetation could be damaged or killed.

60-year-old Bernice D. Cole of Fairfield

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The National Weather Service has issued a “Freeze Watch” from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.  Temperatures are forecast to dip to as low as 28 in many areas of the region.  With little or no wind expected,

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The trial of suspended White County jailer, 38-year-old Phillip Lowery, ended in a mistrial late Friday night after the jury was deadlocked following nearly 12 hours of deliberations.  Lowery stood trial on a class-2 felony charge of aggravated criminal

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A mistrial has been declared in the sexual abuse trial of suspended White County jailer, 38-year-old Phillip Lowery.  More than ten hours of deliberations resulted in a hung jury.  Lowery was on trial for one count of aggravated

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Lowery, PClosing arguments and jury deliberations are slated today today in the criminal sexual abuse trial of suspended White County jailer Phillip Lowery. Lowery is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a 4-year-old girl.  Edwards County State’s Attorney Michael

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The aggravated criminal sexual abuse trial of a suspended White County jailer enters its third day today in White County Circuit Court at Carmi.  Phillip Lowery is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a 4-year-old Carmi girl. 

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Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold has appointed a four-person committee to take up the issue of unpaid utility bills in the city.  The committee will be made up of Aldermen Jim Griffith and Ralph Barbre, and property owners Diane Robinson

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