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Headlines for Monday, May 20, 2013

Former White County Coroner Carl McVey has been hospitalized after suffering a major heart attack Sunday night.  McVey was taken first to the hospital in McLeansboro and later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. McVey retired last year after serving more than 32 years as White County Coroner.

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A compromise has been reached in the Illinois legislature on a bill that would regulate the practice of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. If approved, proponents believe an oil boom will be unleashed in Southern Illinois as producers target the oil-rich New Albany Shale formation.  Some out of state drilling activity has already started in Southern Illinois. Near Johnsonville, Ill., in northern Wayne County, SM Energy of Denver, Colorado has already started an exploratory well.  Les Wilson Drilling Company, Inc. of Carmi, Ill. is the contractor on the project. Wilson’s Rig 25 is pictured above at their Johnsonville drilling site.

One of the suspects arrested Friday for allegedly kidnapping a Fairfield teen had been released on his own recognizance  after being involved in the brutal beating of Reggie Shemwell of Fairfield last fall.  34-year-old John R. Robertson entered a guilty plea to a charge of burglary in the Shemwell case. In return, the state dropped charges of home invasion and attempted murder and released him from the county jail on his own recognizance pending sentencing next month. Robertson, 18-year-old Kevin LeMond and a 16-year-old juvenile are now in custody on charges they kidnapped and beat up 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield.

Retires FCHS

Six Fairfield Community High School Employees were honored last week at a special retirement party. They include: Glen Garrett (Bus Driver) 13 years, Dean West (Bus Driver) 12 years, Ed Gossage (Maintenance) 31 years, Linda Vaughan (Teacher) 15 years,  Barbara Williams (Teacher) 33 years and  Pam Robbins (Teacher) 33 years.  Pictured above left to right are – Glen Garrett, Dean West, Ed Gossage, Linda Vaughan, Barbara Williams, Pam Robbins

Top Democratic leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn are urging lawmakers to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. The push for gun control comes as lawmakers face a June 9 deadline imposed by a federal appeals court to legalize concealed carry.

The Fairfield Grade School Board meets tonight. Members are expected to hire a vocal music instructor and co-cheerleading coaches.

Frontier Community College is offering a 7-day intersession term May 22 – 31. A detailed intersession course listing with instructors, class locations and book rentals is available by calling the college at 842-3711.

Unemployment in Illinois has fallen to 9.3 percent. Officials with the Illinois Department of Employment Security report that Illinois added over 216,000 jobs since January of 2010. Most of those jobs were in the professional and business services sectors.

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