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Headlines for Saturday, August 3, 2013

The 17th annual White County Crop Tour has been set for Wednesday, August 21st.  Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. in the basement meeting room of the Farm Bureau Building in Carmi.  Teams will depart beginning at 7:30 a.m. with participants assigned to one of the ten townships in the county.  Data from at least ten different locations in each township will be collected, with the teams returning to the Farm Bureau Building by 11 a.m. for lunch and to compile the data.  For more information on the tour or to signup, call the White County Farm Bureau office at (618) 382-8512.

Nominations for the August Yard of the Month are due by noon Monday.  The Fairfield Beautification Committee will be judging the yards on Tuesday.  Yards must be within the city limits of Fairfield to be eligible to win.  Nominations can be made by calling 847-2921.

School districts in Illinois may have an easier time merging under a new state law.  The measure is intended to reduce barriers for school districts that want to voluntarily reorganize.  Districts with less than 750 students could be dissolved through a school board resolution or a petition signed by a majority of the district’s registered voters.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the first confirmed case this week of what is being called the H3N2v influenza virus.  Indiana and Ohio have also reported cases of the virus, which the Illinois Department of Public Health says is a variant form of influenza A and was first detected in swine in 2011.  The IDPH says its working with local health departments to alert the public on ways to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.   They say anyone who comes into contact with swine and experiences flu-like symptoms should contact their health care provider.  The Illinois case was recorded in Boone County.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a case in southwestern Illinois involving two workers from a nursing home who allegedly left a wheelchair-bound man at a truck stop without his medication or ID after he refused to submit to a mandatory background check.  56-year-old Thomas Hearty had been left at a truck stop 20 miles from the Lebanon Care Center in Alorton, IL, according to reports, and said the man had a history of diabetes and had suffered a series of strokes prior to this week’s incident.

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