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Headlines for Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. this evening until 9 a.m. Tuesday.  Wind chills as low as 30 below zero are possible late tonight into Tuesday morning.

Mt. Carmel, IL police arrested 57-year-old Michael W. Sisson of Mt. Carmel, IL Saturday after being called multiple times to a residence in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street on a report of a domestic disturbance.  Detective Ryan Turner says officers first spoke with Sisson, and said he had been in a verbal altercation with a family member and asked to leave.  Police said Sisson agreed to leave once officers arrived, but returned to the residence after they left.  When police were called to the residence a second time, they report Sisson tried to leave the scene again but was stopped.  As officers were attempting to arrest Sisson, he allegedly fought with officers.  Sisson faces preliminary charges of disorderly conduct, possession of cannibis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal damage to property.  He was taken to the Wabash County Jail and released after posting bond.  Police then report he allegedly returned to the residence on North Mulberry Street less than 15 minutes later, and was arrested again for disorderly conduct.  He is now being held without bond pending a court appearance.

The White County Farm Bureau is giving residents a chance to obtain their certification to conceal and carry a firearm in Illinois.  A One-Day training will be offered this Saturday, Janaury 11th from 9 a.m. til 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the White County Farm Bureau, with range testing at the Carmi Rifle Club.  The training will include firearms safety, review of applicable state and federal laws, weapons handling and a live fire exercise.  The fee for the course is $100 plus $15 for ammunition, with fees payable to the White County Farm Bureau.  Pre-registration is required, and can be made at the White County Farm Bureau at 304 E. Robinson Street in Carmi or by calling (618) 382-8512.

The 30th annual Corn Growers Seminar will be held this Friday, January 10th at the Ruritan Building in Geff.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. with the welcome by Gregg Barnard.  Speakers include Brad Richards, Executive Vice President of the Illinois Oil & Gas Association, WSIL-TV Channel 3 Harrisburg Chief Meterologist Jim Rasor, and a Legislative Update by Senator Dale Righter and Representative David Reis.  More information is availalble by calling 842-3702.

Published reports say the comment period on the practice of high-volume oil and gas extraction method known as “fracking” ended this past Friday.  The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources had planned to accept comments on its proposed rules to govern the practice, and then decide in the next few weeks if it will make any changes based on the comments it received.  The report said 18,000 comments were delivered to the IDNR by a coalition of community and environmental groups opposed to fracking, while an IDNR spokesman said another 5000 comments had been received online.

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