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Headlines for Thursday, August 25, 2014

The theft of wiring from utility poles has now spread into three counties.  Thieves have been using a chain saw to cut down power poles to steal the wiring contained within meter loops that serve grain bins. As many as 20 poles have been targeted in White County. Another six have been reported in Edwards County, and one pole was cut down in Wayne County. $6,500 in reward money has been established for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the thefts. Wayne-White officials say their losses are somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000.

Highly anticipated rules to regulate high pressure, high volume, hydraulic fracturing are set to be unveiled on Friday.  Once those rules go into effect, Illinois hopes to become the center of a long-anticipated oil boom.  Thousands of acres of Southern Illinois are under lease for the development of oil-rich shale formations using horizontal drilling and fracking technology.

54-year-old Timothy Coleman of Louisville, a registered sex offender, has been arrested after he was spotted in a public park.  Coleman was spotted at Forbes State Park in Marion County – a violation of his sex offender registration status.

In honor of the Volley for the Cure game, Fairfield Community High School will be hosting a “Pink Out” day next Tuesday, Sept. 2. Spirit beads and ribbons are also being sold to help raise funds for Volley for the Cure.  Those attending should wear pink to support the cause.

Seniors and people with disabilities will be eligible to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program beginning next Tuesday, Sept. 2.  More information is available from your local WADI office.

Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Buttons are on sale now at many participating local merchants. The cost of $2 and puts you in the drawing for daily cash prizes during the Fun Fest.

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