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Headlines for Monday, June 17, 2013

The Wayne County 911 System is now up and running.  The system was fully activated after several hours of testing.  The cut over completes phase one of Wayne County’s Enhanced 911 system, meaning that all subscriber data and mapping location information is now automatically imported to the local 911 center as soon as a call is placed from any land line in Wayne County.

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The Southern Illinois Rebels won the 2014 Summer Sizzler at Rent 1 Park in Marion, IL over the weekend. The Rebels went 4-0 beating SE Stingers (Missouri) 7-6, Mt. Vernon Thunderbats (Indiana) 17-0, SI Sting (Marion, IL) 11-1, and the host team Diamond Dawgs (Harrisburg, IL) 6-4. The Rebels are an 11u baseball team with 11 members all from Wayne County. They are coached by Jeremy Carter and Jason Cherry. Pictured above – Row 1 (l-r): Wyatt Gilbert, McGwire Taylor, Kent Miller, Blake Pruitt, Cayden Taylor Row 2: Coach Jeremy Carter, Cade Carter, Kane Hixenbaugh, Max Puckett, Jake Kinney, Chandler Currier, Brenden Cherry, Coach Jason Cherry.

A third Illinois State’s Attorney says he won’t prosecute anyone for carrying a concealed weapon while the governor is considering whether to sign a bill that would allow it statewide.  Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz joins the State’s Attorneys in Madison and Randolph Counties in not prosecuting concealed weapons charges.

The Sears store at Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon will be closing in early September. The store’s lease is not being renewed.  Officials with Sears say a liquidation sale will start this Friday.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to buy fruits and vegetables that are produced in-state.  Quinn launched a new “Where Fresh Is” campaign. The campaign will provide grocery stores and farmers markets with stickers to place on locally-grown products to identify them as being produced in Illinois.

The Edwards County Community Unit School board meets tonight in the K-12 Band Room in Albion.  Members are expected to consider approving an amended budget for the new fiscal year.

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