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Headlines for Saturday, September 28, 2013

DunlapA Hamilton County, Ill. woman who family members say is likely in need of medical care has been missing since last Wednesday. Ruth Dunlap, 43 of Ollie Street in McLeansboro, Ill. was reported missing on Thursday, Sept. 26.  Family members tell police the last time she was seen was in the late afternoon of last Wednesday, Sept. 25. McLeansboro police say Dunlap left without her insulin and is very likely in need of medical attention.  She is described as a white female; 5’ 10”; 240 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. She wears glasses and was last seen wearing a calf length multi-colored dress. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Ruth Dunlap is asked to contact the McLeansboro, Ill. Police Department at 618-643-3621 or your nearest law enforcement office.

A full day of activities will be held today during the Wayne City Bean Days celebration.  Afternoon activities include a Bounce House and a Kids Pedal Pull.  On Sunday, a Wayne City High School All-Class Reunion will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a Fifth Sunday Sing at 6 p.m. at the Wayne City First Christian Church.

Liz Ann Woodrow has announced her candidacy for Wayne County Clerk on the Republican ticket in the 2014 election.  Woodrow worked for 24 years as Office Manager at Walters Buildings, and has worked the past three years at the Wayne County Soil & Water District as Administrative Coordinator.  She is in her second term on the Wayne County Board representing District 5, serving on the Finance, Policy & Negotiating Committees on the Board.

A benefit dinner for Curt and Judy Wood will be served Sunday at the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. til 1:15 p.m.  Darrell Merritt and others will be preparing a turkey and ham dinner, with proceeds going toward medical expenses.  Curt remains hospitalized in Indianapolis, IN with a serious heart ailment.  Carryouts will be available Sunday, and the meal is open to the public.  The cost is by donation.

Wayne County’s unemployment for August  was at eight percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, while Edwards County’s rate was 8.1 percent.  Both figures are lower than a year ago.  Unemployment rates for neighboring counties ranged from seven to 10.9 percent.  Franklin County had one of the highest rates in the immediate area, at 12.2 percent.

Indiana police were searching for two suspects Friday who evaded law enforcement after they crashed their vehicle into the Wabash River early Friday morning.  Published reports indicate the chase started around 5:45 a.m. on Evansville’s west side and ended when the suspects were able to swim across the Wabash River into Illinois at New Harmony.  The report said stop sticks had been deployed in an effort to stop the vehicle, but the suspects were able to continue down an access road in New Harmony near the New Harmony Bridge.  The report also indicated the suspects, who were not publicly identified, threw out several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine during the chase.

22-year-old Natasha M. Prather and a passenger, 17-year-old Brendan D. Tanner, both of Clay City, were injured Thursday morning in an accident south of Clay City.  State police said Prather was eastbound on Wilcox Bridge Lane when she ran through an intersection at Big Four Road and was hit by a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Michael K. Beals of Stewardson, IL.  Prather and Tanner were both taken to Clay County Hospital for treatment.  Prather was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

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