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Headlines for Sunday, December 22, 2013

Flood warnings are in effect along the Little Wabash River from Clay City to Carmi and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel as a result of recent heavy rainfall.  A Flood Warning is also in effect for today along the Skillet Fork River at Wayne City, which went above flood stage Saturday night, and is expected to crest today at 19.8 feet, nearly five feet above flood stage.  At Clay City the Little Wabash River is just under 20 feet this morning, and forecast to crest at 20.2 feet today.  At Carmi a crest of 34.8 feet is forecast today, nearly eight feet above flood stage.  On the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel a crest of just under 25 feet is expected Wednesday evening.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Friday and Saturday’s rainfall amounted to 3.86 inches here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ.

The Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield’s Festival of Lights Celebration will be held Monday night at Leo French Park.  The event was originally scheduled for last night, but was postponed due to the expected rainfall.  Special hosts for Monday evening will be the girls from the Clothes Line.  Mark Curtis will have carriage rides available for a fee, and the Grote family will have their miniature horses available.  Pictures with Santa will be available by donation courtesy of Misty Titzer Photography, and the C.P. Church Youth Group will present a live nativity.  Free corn dogs and hot chocolate will be available courtesy of Jan and Dean Linder.

Two Richland County residents have been sentenced to time in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine in unrelated cases.  32-year-old Timothy L. Garrard of Olney drew a 15-year prison sentence Friday after pleading guilty to a three count federal indictment.  32-year-old Carol R. Wille of Noble was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a single federal indictment charging her with possessing pseudoephedrine pills, knowing they would be used to make meth.  She was also ordered to serve another three years parole following the jail sentence.

Some projects to be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation have been announced.  Over $3.2 million has been allocated for projects in southern Illinois under the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! Capital construction program.  In Hamilton County, work will include the replacement of a bridge carrying a township road over Riley Creek about three miles east of Hoodville at a cost of just over $160,000.  In White County, a bridge carrying U.S. Route 45 over a creek north of Norris City is scheduled to be replaced, at a cost of about $67,000.

State police are reminding Illinois motorists of traffic law changes taking effect January 1st.  Among the changes is the increase in the state’s speed limit on rural interstates from 65 to 70 mph.  Counties that are exempt include St. Clair, Madison, Lake, McHenry, Will, Kane, DuPage and Cook.  Another change bans the use of hand-held cell phone devices behind the wheel.  Those exempt include law enforcement officers or first responders and drivers reporting emergencies, as well as those using electronic devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

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