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Headlines for Friday, November 1, 2013

Strong thunderstorms moved through parts of the region overnight.  Officially in Fairfield, over two inches of rainfall was measured.  There were no reports of storm damage locally from the storms and rains.  Tornado warnings were issued for parts of far-southern Illinois last night as storms moved into northern Kentucky.  Some minor damage was reported in the Saline County community of Stonefort from an apparent tornado, with trees blown down and some roof and siding damage to homes.  A Tornado Watch had been in effect for the region for most of last night.  Cooler and drier conditions are expected the next few days.  Officially, 2.20 inches of rainfall fell Thursday in Fairfield, and .39 so far today.

36-year-old Brain D. Beck of Fairfield was arrested by city police Thursday night at the Budget Inn motel.  Beck was arrested on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI charge.  Bond was $150 cash along with a $75 failure to appear fee.  The arrest was made shortly before 8:15 p.m.

Governor Pat Quinn has announced a capital investment of over $628,000 for a bridge project in White County.  A bride carrying Illinois Route 1 over Flanders Creek about three miles south of Carmi will be replaced.  The project is part of the governor’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now program.

Illinois State Police in the District 19 post have announced several enforcements for November.  Troopers will be conducting Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement, or ACE, patrols in Wayne and Saline counties.  Special Traffic Enforcement Programs, or STEP, will be conducted in Wayne and White counties which will coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday period.  Occupant Restraint Enforcement patrols have also been scheduled in Wabash and Saline counties during November.

Frontier Community College students will be electing an FCC student this Tuesday to serve as the student board member to the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529 Board of Trustees.  The candidate for the position is Carrie Stephens of Fairfield, the daughter of Linda Stephens of Johnsonville.  The student representative will be seated on the IECC Board of Trustees in April of next year to serve a one-year term.

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