High winds blew a semi over on I-64 at the 105 mile post westbound. The driver was injured and I-64 west bound was closed to traffic for a while Thursday afternoon.  Forecast severe storms failed to materialize, but heavy rain is still a possibility tonight.  A tornado watch was scheduled to expire at 5 p.m. for most of Southern Illinois.  National Weather Service officials report problems with their radio alert broadcast system.

Area rivers are on the rise after heavy rains in Central Illinois earlier this week. The Little Wabash at Carmi is expected to rise to nearly five feet above flood stage by next week. The forecast crest is 31.5 ft. The Wabash at Mount Carmel is expected to hit 27.8 feet by next Friday – over 8 ft. above flood stage.  More rain is in the forecast for today and tonight.

After 80 years in business, Southern Wholesale Lumber Company in Fairfield is closing for good with an auction this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. All remaining inventory and equipment will be sold.  The auction will include vehicles, trailers, trucking equipment and all remaining inventory.

The start of Illinois’s growing season is near and state climate experts say soil moisture levels are near normal.  Officials with the Illinois Water Survey at the University of Illinois say moisture levels were a little above normal for this time of the year.

Bond has been set at $1 million for a Clay City man accused of killing his 4-month-old son last July.  Denny D. Blanchard, 26 is accused of violently shaking his son, Kamden Dale Blanchard. The child died July 13 last year at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He faces murder and aggravated battery of a child charges in Clay County.

Thieves targeted E & S Metals in Cisne this week, making off with as much as $1,700 in cash. County police say a number of checks were also taken in the heist.

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