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Headlines for Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mt. Carmel, IL firefighters were called to a trailer fire early this morning in Mt. Carmel, IL located at 11516E 920 Lane.  Upon arrival, flames were shooting out the east side of the structure.  The homeowner stated she and her grandkids were awakened by their family pig “Lucky” and escaped through a bedroom window.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Firemen were on scene for about two hours.

The wet and stormy pattern that has gripped the region for the past several days is expected to continue for most of this week, according to forecasters.  Chances of rain are in the forecast beginning Monday and continuing through Friday, with some heavy rainfall possible Monday night.  Officially, a quarter-inch of rain was recorded in Fairfield as rain and storms moved through Saturday evening, with another 42 hundreths Saturday night and into early this morning.  Much of southern Illinois had been under a Tornado Watch Saturday night, however there were no reports of any storm damage locally.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  During the meeting, the council is expected to discuss an increase in garbage collection rates for the city and the sale of excess property, including the old Red & White building on West Main Street.  The council is also expected to award bids for repairs to the Chamber of Commerce building and discuss brush clearing along Johnson Creek.

The Wayne County Board meets Thursday night at 7 for their monthly meeting.  The board will be asked to approve the transfer of $125,000 from the county’s General Fund to the County Highway Department.  The re-appointment of Dale Warren to a three-year term with the Wayne County Housing Authority, and the appointment of Keith Colclasure to a term on the Wayne County Emergency Telephone System Board to replace Brad Winter is also expected at Thursday’s meeting.

Several vehicles were involved in an accident in Williamson County Saturday afternoon that shut down the westbound lanes of Illinois Route 13 near Cambria for several hours.  Reports say two children and an adult were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.  The driver, 31-year-old Melissa Simpson of Herrin, IL attempted a left turn off of Route 13 onto Cambria Road and drove in front of another vehicle, police said, causing her vehicle to hit another unit.  Simpson was cited for failure to yield.  Route 13 was reopened to traffic late Saturday night.

Armadillo sightings have been on the increase in parts of southern Illinois and southern Indiana.  Reports say armadillos have been migrating slowly northward since the late 1800s, starting out in Central America.  Sightings have been noted in the Illinois and Indiana region as early as last year, mostly in the form of roadkill.  Armadillos are nocturnal mammals, and do not hibernate, making it more difficult for them to find insects to eat and dig burrows for shelters.

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