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Headlines for Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Flood Warning has been cancelled for the Skillet Fork River at Wayne City, but warnings remain in effect for the Little Wabash and Wabash Rivers.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City fell below its flood stage as of 5 a.m. today.  The Little Wabash at Clay City is forecast to crest at 22.5 feet today before falling, and at Carmi a crest of 28.7 feet is expected Wednesday morning.  On the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel a crest of 28.8 feet is expected this coming weekend, more than nine feet above flood stage, and at New Harmony, a crest of 20.7 feet is expected, more than five feet above flood stage.  Forecasters continue to indicate another chance of rain in the area on Tuesday.

At last week’s meeting of the North Wayne Unit school board, approval was given to the final amended calendar for the current school year.  The last day of attendance for students will be Tuesday, May 14th.  The board also voted to rescind a motion made at the February meeting to purchase a 2014 school bus, due to uncertainty in state funding.  The transportation committee was given authority to sell one of the district’s spare buses, and several other cost-saving measures along with an increase in fees for the next school year were also approved.

The Wayne County Coalition Against Drug Abuse will be participating in a nationwide prescription take-back initiative this Saturday.  Residents will be able to bring unused prescription medications to the Volunteer desk in the lobby of Fairfield Memorial Hospital between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for proper disposal.  It’s recommended that residents dispose of any old prescriptions that are not being used to prevent them from getting into the hands of young children or those who may abuse prescriptions.  Residents are also reminded that it’s no longer permitted to flush unused medications in toilets as it can affect the quality of drinking water and disturb the ecological system.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning those planning to donate to charities assisting with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings to be on the lookout for fundraising scams.  Madigan’s office has not yet reported any scams associated with Illinois residents, but is cautioning people in the state to research charities before donating, and to check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s Office.  Madigan also encouraged residents to contact her office’s Charitable Trust Bureau to report suspicious solicitations at (312) 814-2595.

This Thursday, April 25th is this year’s Tax Freedom Day for Illinois, according to Congressman John Shimkus.  The date is when workers in Illinois will have paid their federal, state and local taxes for the year.  The date is a week later than the national average.  He also noted that the total taxes combined amount to $4.22 trillion, or over 29 percent of the nation’s income, and that Illinois is tied for the fourth highest tax burden in the nation.

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