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Headlines for Monday, August 18, 2014

38-year-old Jamie Wilkins of Mount Erie was critically injured this morning when he was apparently overcome by fumes while working on a 4-wheeler in a small garage.  Wilkins was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis in critical condition.

50-year-old Donna Pollard of Maunie escaped serious injuries Sunday morning when the Jeep she was driving was struck by a train at the intersection of Main and Pumphrey Streets in Maunie. Pollard was shaken up but refused medical attention.

Members of the union representing workers at Airtex Products in Fairfield voted Sunday not to ratify the company’s latest contract offer. A union spokesman said that talks with the company will continue and that employees will remain on the job as negotiations continue.  United Auto Workers Local 543 represents approximately 240 workers at Airtex.

Illinois State Police rescued a McLeansboro man after his car ran into floodwaters on Ill. Rt. 14 in rural Hamilton County Sunday.  54-year-old Allen Klein collapsed after being pulled through the back window of his submerged Dodge Avenger.  He was subsequently taken to a hospital in Evansville.

tubbsFormer Fairfield mayor and city alderman Harold Tubbs died Saturday when a converted bus he was driving ran off a Gibson County highway and struck a tree. He was 72.  Mr. Tubbs  (pictured) was working for Frey Produce at the time of the accident, driving a bus that was converted to haul melons from farm fields in Indiana to a processing center.

Posey County Indiana Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to take over operation of the New Harmony Bridge.  The Wabash River span has been closed since May of 2012. Jim Clark, a member of the White County Bridge Commission says he doubts seriously that Posey County will accept the bridge.


The White County Republican’s Breakfast this past Saturday was a huge success.  The Republican candidates, Denton Aud, Pamela Armstrong and Doug Maier, greeted and served the large turn out.  The next White County Republican’s meeting will be at 7:00pm, Monday, August 25th at the GOP headquarters on Main Street.

 Smoking will be banned indoors and out on all Illinois public college and university campuses starting next summer under legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn.  The governor also signed a bill requiring that e-cigarettes be displayed the same as regular cigarettes and be sold from behind the counter or in an age restricted area.
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