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Headlines for Monday, September 1, 2014

It could be another 90 days before the rules governing the practice of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing go into effect. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released the new set of rules on Friday.  However, the legislative committee assigned the task of reviewing the rules before they go into effect has 45 days to sign off on the documents. They can also ask for another 45 day extension as well. Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources say they still believe they can meet a Nov. 15 deadline to implement the rules.

47-year-old Bill R. Dobbs of Geff was arrested late Saturday night for disorderly conduct.  Dobbs is accused of urinating on an ice machine at the Hucks Convenience Store at First and Main Street in Fairfield.  He was arrested at about 11:30 Saturday night.

35-year-old Robert Allison of Fairfield was arrested Saturday night for burglary.  Allison is accused of entering the home of April Gibson in Fairfield where a blanket, pillow and some intimate ladies apparel were taken. The items were recovered at Allison’s home on W. Main Street.

39-year-old Amy Chitwood of Carmi was rescued Sunday after she became stuck in thick mud near the old dam in Carmi.  Police responded to a report of a body near the Little Wabash River and found Chitwood stuck in the mud. She was rescued and airlifted to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

University of Illinois crop specialists are investigating reports of a soybean crop infection in some parts of west-central Illinois.  The soil-based organism causes sudden death syndrome in soybeans.  Farmers are urged to scout their fields for the infection.

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