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Headlines for Saturday, November 9, 2013

37-year-old Michael S. Wright of Broughton, IL was cited for driving suspended, operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to yield and failure to secure a child in a child restraint device following a two-vehicle wreck in Broughton early Friday afternoon.  State police said a semi driven by 47-year-old Kirk E. Scholes of Nokomis, IL was eastbound on Main Street in Broughton and approached an intersection, when his semi was hit by Wright’s vehicle.  The impact caused Wright’s vehicle to overturn and eject a three-year-old passenger.  Two passengers and Wright were injured in the crash, while Scholes was not hurt.

Wabash County authorities are investigating an apparent suicide Thursday morning.  The body of 20-year-old Dylan Bright of Mt. Carmel, IL was found around 9 a.m. Thursday.  An autopsy was scheduled Friday to determine an official cause of death, however foul play is not suspected.  Sheriff Joe Keeling said Sunday would have been Bright’s 21st birthday.

Former Wayne County States Attorney Kevin Kakac has been appointed Wayne County Resident Judge, filling the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Circuit Judge Joe Harrison.  The appointment was announced Friday morning by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.  Kakac will take office December 2nd and serve until the 2014 General Election.  Kakac is seeking the Republican nomination for Circuit Judge in the March 2014 Primary Election.

53-year-old Marla Raley of Flora was hurt late Thursday night in an accident west of Newton, IL.  Police said Raley was southbound on a county road about a mile west of Newton, IL when the pickup she was driving left the roadway, causing her to overcorrect and run into a ditch, where the pickup overturned.  A passenger in the pickup, 62-year-old Gregory Foreman of Rinard, was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, IL and later transferred to a Champaign, IL hospital.  Raley was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle and improper lane usage.

The annual Fairfield Veterans Day Parade is set for today.  The program begins with a flag raising ceremony at 1 p.m. in Freedom Park, followed by a performance of the National Anthem by Elizabeth Gonzales.  The Roasted Chestnuts will also perform.  Parade lineup will be on North First Street in front of the High Rise, and will start at 2 p.m.  The annual Veterans Day Service in Fairfield will be held Monday morning at 11 at the Vetrerans Section of Maple Hill Cemetery.  Elmer McDuffee will be the Master of Ceremonies and the speaker.

The 35th annual White Squirrel census in Olney has been completed, with the results indicating 100 white squirrels and over 100 cats, along with over 1000 grey squirrels.  The census is conducted over a three-week period each fall in the same areas.  Last year’s census showed only 80 white squirrels.  Olney municipal records showed there were around 800 white squirrels in town in the early 1940s.

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