Illinois State Police and White County authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body found Saturday night in a corn field about three miles west of Crossville. The body was found shortly after 7 p.m. by an aerial surveillance operation carried out by Illinois and Indiana State Police.  The death is believed to be related to a missing person’s case in Indiana.  The White County Coroner, Crime Scene Agents, Illinois State Police Detectives and White County Sheriff Doug Maier are investigating, along with Indiana authorities. The victim’s name and manner of death have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

A benefit cookout has been planned for Friday, August 30th to help with medical expenses for a local resident who is in an Indianapolis, IN hospital with a heart ailment.  Curt Wood has been hospitalized the past several days with a serious heart ailment.  The cookout will be held on the parking lot next to the Ellen Moore United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and SW 7th Street from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m, with Darrell Merritt preparing ribeyes, pork chops, chicken, polish sausage and pork burgers.  A bake sale will also be held, and advance orders and delivery is available by calling 847-5281.

A blood drive held Monday at the House of Prayer in Albion has been declared a success.  A total of 42 units of blood was collected, surpassing the goal of 35 units.  The drive was sponsored by the Hermitage Lodge #354.  The next blood drive in Edwards County is set for Monday, October 7th and appointments can be made by contacting Lisa Etheridge at (618) 599-9480.

Authorities have released the identity of the victim found near Memorial Bridge in Westport, IL in eastern Lawrence County Tuesday night.  The victim was identified as 32-year-old Jonathan Brenton of Vincennes, IN.  An autopsy was performed Thursday by Dr. James Jacobi, with identification made through dental records and personal effects.  The manner and cause of death are still pending.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving.  Motorists will have to pull off the road to make a call or face fines of at least $75.  Hands-free devices are exempt from the law, which will take effect January 1st.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state added 7100 private sector jobs in July, with the state’s unemployment rate coming in at 9.2 percent, up one tenth of a percent from June and up two tenths from a year ago.  The IDES also said the state has added 62,100 private sector jobs since July of last year.  The number of unemployed individuals increased by 4200, the second increase since March.

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