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Headlines for Saturday, August 16, 2014

A rural Edwards County farmer became entangled in a feed auger Friday afternoon on the Stumpy Hill Hog Farm south of Albion.  The victim was identified as Keith Roosevelt, one of the owners of the farm.  His foot was somehow drawn into the device.  Roosevelt was extricated from the device with help from the Edwards County Ambulance Service, Albion Police and the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department, and flown to an Evansville, IN hospital for treatment of major injuries.

For the second time in less than a week, Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown reports a fall at the Garden of the Gods recreational area Friday morning.  50-year-old Hines Basse of Laatzen, Germany, fell about 15 feet to a ledge near a rock formation known as the Devil’s Smokestack.  Authorities received the call for help around 10:30 a.m.  Basse suffered injuries to an ankle, knee and leg and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, IN.

White County Sheriff Doug Maier says his office was asked to search an area in southern White County near Dogtown Thursday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of 30-year-old Joelle Lockwood of Evansville, IN.  A heavily wooded area was searched in connection with property owned by a person of interest in the Lockwood disappearance.  Sheriff Maier said nothing was found Thursday as a result of the search.  Lockwood disappeared July 9th near Pigeon Creek.  At the time of her disappearance police said they had no evidence to suggest foul play.  Lockwood was described as 5’3″ and weighing around 125 pounds, and possibly driving a silver Chevy Malibu with Indiana license plate 2111 TYC.

Officials with “Citizens for Reopening the Harmony Way Bridge” say they have been informed that three Posey County Commissioners will vote next week on whether to take over ownership of the bridge, which has been closed for over two years.  The meeting and expected vote will take place Tuesday morning at 9 at the Hovey House in Mt. Vernon, IN.  A member of the citizens group says over 3000 signatures have been gathered on petitions signed in White and Posey counties supporting the effort to reopen the bridge.  It was reported that businesses on both sides of the river has lost anywhere from ten to 30 percent of their revenue since the bridge closed in May of 2012.

Carmi-based Elastec American Marine could likely play a role in helping curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak in Africa.  Elastec Sales Manager Jeremy Pretch says he’s been fielding questions about the company’s MediBurn device as a weapon in the fight to curb the spread of Ebola.  MediBurn is a diesel-fueled incinerator for the disposal of infectious and pathological waste in remote locations.  Elastec has manufactured over 600 of the devices since their inception, and have been used on every continent except Antarctica.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s directing state lottery officials to end the contract with Northstar Lottery Group, the firm hired to run the state’s lottery.  The move comes after Northstar has fallen nearly a half-billion dollars short of the revenues it promised to raise for the state over the past three years.  The contract requires the company to make up the difference between revenue projections and actual profits, but so far that hasn’t happened because, the company claims, the past three years numbers have not been audited.

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