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Headlines for Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fairfield Community High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. today in the FCHS gym.  Principal Jill Fulkerson will give the welcome, with Senior Class President Daniel Altizer addressing the Class of 2014.  Principal Fulkerson will also recognize the honor graduates who maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  School Board President Larry Vest will present the diplomas.  Honorary ushers from the junior class will be Alexander Brake and Samantha Ochs.  The public is welcome to attend today’s graduation.

Cisne Middle School held its graduation Friday night in the Cisne Middle School Gym.  The Valedictorian Award was presented to four students, Josh Farris, son of Bill Farris of Cisne and Cathy Farris of Cisne, Noah Hill, son of Paul and Kim Hill of Cisne, Jordan Hosick, son of Shannon and Kim Hosick of Cisne, and Samantha Robertson, daughter of Robbie and Rhonda Robertson of Cisne.  The Salutatorian Award was presented to Karley Dagg, daughter of Wayde and Carrie Dagg of Xenia.

Minor flooding is expected the next couple of days along the Little Wabash River at Clay City and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel.  The Little Wabash at Clay City was at 19.4 feet early this morning, and should hold around that level today and fall below the 18-foot flood stage by Monday evening.  The Wabash at Mt. Carmel, IL was at 17.2 Saturday and should crest just above flood stage at 19.6 feet by Wednesday morning.

The northbound lanes of I-57 at the 127-mile marker in Marion County were blocked for a time following an accident early Saturday morning.  State police said 47-year-old James Wesley Bunce of Troutman, NC was southbound and lost control of his 2010 Freightliner semi, causing it to go through the median and overturn, blocking both northbound lanes.  Bunce and a passenger, 49-year-old Timothy Allen Schild of Portsmouth, VA were taken to the Salem hospital with serious injuries.

Area bicycle riders are being encouraged to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 7th for the “Tour de Teach”, a recreational bicycle ride that will begin and end at the one-room school museum behind the VFW on East Robinson Street in Carmi.  Participants will have four routes to choose from east and south of Carmi.  The routes can be viewed on the White County Retired Teachers Association website.  The cost for participants is $10 for youth 12 years of age and younger and $20 for those 13 and older.  To be guaranteed a t-shirt on ride day, registrations must be received by next Sunday, May 25th.  Forms are available at First Bank in Carmi.

Pet owners are being encouraged to prepare and stock a pet preparedness kit, as the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management agencies work together to increase awareness of pet preparedness during May.  IEMA Director Jonathon Monken says a pet preparedness kit should include at least a three-day supply of food and water and extra supplies of pet medicines, along with other items and pet idenfitication.  More information is available at

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