A McLeansboro man has been hospitalized after being stabbed in the back Saturday night during an altercation in Hamilton County. Alex A. Carr, 22 was stabbed around 10 o’clock Saturday night by a juvenile. The suspect’s name is not being released because of his juvenile status.  Carr was airlifted from the scene to a hospital in Evansville where his condition was not immediately available.  Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood says formal charges will be filed and a detention hearing will be held Monday morning for the juvenile suspect.

Governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation Saturday allowing online voter registration, making Illinois the 18th state to allow the practice.  The measure was first proposed by Governor Quinn during his 2013 State of the State address.  Quinn said, “Democracy works best when as many voters as possible raise their voices at the ballot box.  Online voter registration will encourage more people to fulfill their civic duty by making that first step of registering to vote easier and more accessible.”  The new legislation is also expected to cut down on paperwork.  Anyone with a valid drivers license or state identification card can vote online beginning July 1st of next year.

Two motorcyclists were injured Saturday afternoon in an accident in rural Richland County.  State police say 47-year-old William J. Vondervor of Olney and 57-year-old Brenda M. Koehler of West Liberty were both operating motorcycles on a county road north of Passport, when their motorcycles left the roadway and went into a ditch.  Vondervor was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney with minor injuries, while Koehler was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Wayne and most surrounding counties reported lower June unemployment rates compared to a year ago.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wayne County’s rate was 8.4 percent, a drop of two tenths of a percent from a year ago, while Edwards County’s rate for June was 8.3 percent, down a tenth of a percent from a year ago.  The IDES reported that construction activity remained at a high level on road and commercial projects during June, and that job openings were available in several sectors, including Food Services, Sales and Computer Operations.

The 5th annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive is set for Labor Day, Monday September 2nd.  Check-in will be at 9 a.m. with a planned departure time of 10 a.m. from the CPS/George Smith Ag Plant in Keenes.  Lunch will be provided at the Tim and Tammie Chambliss farm.  The route is around 30 miles in length, and all tractors 30 years old or older are welcome to participate.  Awards will be given in several categories.  A registration from can be downloaded by logging onto  www.waynecfb.com

Officials with Toyota announced Friday that over 200 jobs will be added at its Princeton, IN manufacturing plant to increase the production of its Highlander mid-size SUV by 15,000 vehicles per year.  Hiring to fill the new jobs is expected to start early next year at the plant, which will boost employment to 4700 workers when the expansion is completed.  The proposed expansion represents a $30 million investment.

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