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Headlines for Sunday, November 17, 2013

Widespread storm damage is being reported in Wayne, Edwards and Wabash Counties.  The Mark and Jervaise McDaniel Home in Edwards County was destroyed.   The Andy Glover home near Mt. Erie has been damaged. Multiple structures destroyed in Wayne and Edwards Counties.  Temperatures at Fairfield hit 76 degrees at 2:15 p.m. THE TORNADO WATCH  WAS CANCELLED EFFECTIVE 3:40 p.m.  Wabash County Sheriff Joe Keeling says 7 homes were damaged in the Friendsville area and several residents injured – one seriously. Fairfield Mayor Charles Griswold says most damage in Fairfield was limited to an area around Lakeside Subdivision and N. First Street.  Power lines and trees were down around the Northside Baptist Church.

The Fairfield Community High School board meets Tuesday night at 7.  The board is expected to approve hiring a combination superintendent/principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  Other business includes the approval of a three-year contract for the school’s auditing services and a $50,000 maintenance grant.  The board is also expected to present the estimated tax levy for 2013, for taxes payable in 2014.

63-year-old Paul R. Kramer of Vincennes, IN was sentenced Friday to two years probation and six months home confinement after pleading guilty to two counts of making false statements to an FBI agent.  Kramer was indicted in November of last year along with former Bridgeport, IL mayor Max Schauf.  Schauf was charged with three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding the city of Bridgeport, IL.  In pleading guilty, Kramer admitted he lied to FBI agents on two separate occasions when federal authorities were investigating Schauf for financial fraud.

Illinois State Police in District 19, headquartered at Carmi, will be joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies in stepped-up patrols, looking out for drivers driving drunk and not buckled up.  The Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday and runs through December 1st.  Statistics showed that nine people died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, with three of those crashes involving a drunk driver.  700 people were also injured.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments and has scheduled public hearings on proposed regulations to implement provisions of the state’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act.  Once approved, the regulations will include the most stringent environmental protections in the U.S. for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing.  A public hearing will be held at Rend Lake College on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  Public comments can also be submitted to the IDNR at #1 Natural Resources Way in Springfield, zip code 62702, and addressed to the IDNR Office of Legal Counsel.

The Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction starts Monday morning at 10 and continues through 10 a.m. this Friday.  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says over 28,000 pieces of unclaimed property will be auctioned.  The sale price of each lot must reach at least 75 percent of the appraised value, and a two percent administrative fee will be assessed on purchases.  Those with questions about the auction can call (217) 785-6998.

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