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Headlines for Sunday, October 6, 2013

Drier weather is expected in the area beginning today after heavy rainfall fell Saturday in most of the region.  Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ, 1.08 inches of rainfall was recorded.   The National Weather Service said parts of Edwards, White and Wabash counties received up to two inches of rain in an hour, prompting flood warnings through early this morning.  Strong and occasionally severe thunderstorms also moved through the area Saturday afternoon and evening.  Cooler temperatures are expected for the coming week.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday from noon until 6 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Albion at 230 North 5th Street.  The drive is sponsored by the Samaria Missionary Baptist Church, and all blood types are needed.  Edwards County Red Cross Coordinator Lisa Etheridge says all donors during October will be eligible to win a $200 VISA giftcard, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

The Wayne County Board’s monthly meeting is set for this Thursday night at the Wayne County Courthouse.  Several Cisne citizens are scheduled to appear at the meeting.  Also on the agenda is discussion of the bridge construction in Leech Township.  A full-time employee has been hired and will begin duties on October 21st.  Several appointments are also expected to be made during Thursday’s meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

Alcohol was blamed for a crash Friday night on I-57 in Marion County.  State police say 18-year-old Seth Allen Barnhart of Cape Girardeau, MO was northbound at the 131-mile marker at a high rate of speed, and rear-ended a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Alexandria R. Ruhol of Dietrich.  The impact caused Ruhols’s vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest in a group of trees where it caught fire.  Barnhart’s vehicle skidded into the southbound lanes.  Ruhol was taken to the hospital in Salem following the crash, while Barnhart was taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  Barnhart was charged with DUI and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.

One of Illinois’ oldest licensed funeral directors died Friday.  86-year-old Alfred Charles “Charlie” Cox of Ridgway, IL had been a funeral director the past 66 years, and was Gallatin County Coroner for 12 years and a Deputy Coroner for 32 years.  He died at his home following an extended illness.  Funeral services will be held Monday.

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