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Headlines for Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Hamilton County, IL woman who family members say is likely in need of medical care has been missing since last Wednesday.  43-year-old Susan Ruth Dunlap of Ollie Street in McLeansboro was reported missing on Thursday.  Family members told police the last time she was seen was in the late afternoon of last Wednesday.  McLeansboro police say Dunlap left without her insulin and is very likely in need of medical attention.  She is described as a white female, 5′ 10″, 240 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  She wears glasses and was last seen wearing a calf-length multi-colored dress.  Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the McLeansboro Police Department at (618) 643-3621 or your nearest law enforcement office.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau will be offering a flu vaccination clinic on Tuesday, October 29th from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office in Fairfield.  The clinic will be administered by the Wayne County Health Department, and is open to the public, ages 18 and over.  The cost of the vaccine is $30, with members of the Farm Bureau receiving a $5 discount.  The discount coupon can be printed from the October edition of the Wabash Valley Ag News.  Pre-registration for the clinic is required and can be made by calling 842-3342.

Wayne County’s unemployment for August was eight percent, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Edwards County’s rate was 8.1 percent.  The IDES noted that many area counties’ rates for August were one to 1 1/2 percent lower compared to a year ago.

Despite few details, state officials say they plan to have a new insurance plan for Medicare-eligible retirees in Illinois in place by Tuesday.  The Department of Central Management has spent months working to implement a Medicare Advantage plan for Medicare coverage eligible retirees.  It was not immediately known when people will be offered more than one option for their Medicare coverage and when they’ll have to make their selections.

Saturday was World Rabies Day, a global campaign to spread the word about rabies prevention.  The Illinois Department of Public Health says in Illinois so far this year, 41 bats have tested positive for rabies in 17 counties.  Last year, 63 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois.  Rabies affects the nervous system of animals and other mammals, and can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected animal.  People who believe they may have been exposed to a rabid bat should contact their doctor or local health department.

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