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Headlines for Saturday, September 7, 2013

Elastec/American Marine announced Friday the addition of two executives to their company which manufactures pollution control equipment.  Glenn Coleman has been named the General Manager of the company’s boom division, and Greg Gibbs has been appointed Director of Human Resources.  Coleman is a St. Louis, MO native and a longtime business owner and executive.  Gibbs previously spent 20 years with Airtex Products in Fairfield.  Elastec/American Marine has world headquarters in Carmi with facilities in Fairfield and Cocoa, Florida.

Firefighters from seven area departments battled a fire Friday morning at Papa Mike’s Restaurant and Bar at 728 South West Street in Olney.  Fire officials said flames were visible from the rear of the building when they arrived and quickly spread to the nearby Napa Auto Parts store.  A cause of the fire was not immediately determined.  One firefighter was treated at the scene for injuries when he was hit by a piece of metal as oil and other chemicals inside the Napa store exploded.  The fire was reported just after 4 a.m. Friday.

36-year-old Stephanie L. Parker of Carmi faces two escape charges after being arrested in Tennessee this week.  White County Sheriff Doug Maier says Parker was serving a 120 day sentence on a conviction of domestic battery and two counts of animal cruelty, when she failed to return to jail on August 16th after completing part of her sentence.  Sheriff Maier said Parker was arrested in Jefferson County, TN on the White County escape warrant, and apparently tried to flee from Tennessee authorities, resulting in the second escape charge.

The annaul Geff Frontier Days celebration continues through tonight.  Activities include the serving of the ham and bean dinner at noon, the Car and Truck Show awards at 1 p.m. and the big parade starting at 2 this afternoon.  Activities conclude at 6 tonight with a performance by Elvis tribute artist Scott Wattle.

A new 16,000 square foot rehabilitation center at the Marion VA Medical Center is set to open later this month.  The site will focus on treating post-traumatic stress disorder, physical therapy, mental health treatment and services for victims of sexual abuse.  The center serves veterans in portions of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

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