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Headlines for Thursday, July 11, 2013

50-year-old Lavern F. Johnson, Jr. of McLeansboro died Wednesday night when the car he was driving collided with a farm tractor towing a bean drill on Ill. Rt. 14 in rural Franklin County.  Johnson is a native of Wayne County. A second motorist also hit the implement. 71-year-old Mary Stich of Dahlgren received major injuries and was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. A pedestrian who was directing traffic and calling 911 was also struck. 49-year-old Kurtis Hunter of Johnston City was taken to the hospital in Benton for treatment of a leg injury.

Another earthquake was recorded in Southern Illinois this morning.  At 3:46 this morning, a magnitude 1.8 tremor was recorded six miles northwest of Mount Carmel.  The quake originated from a depth of 9.7 miles. This morning’s quake is the third tremor in Southern Illinois in just over a month.

Dahlgren bank guy

A $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who robbed the Peoples National Bank in Dahlgren last month. The suspect was described by witnesses as a black male, 6 ft. tall wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. The suspect was armed with a handgun when he robbed the bank on Thursday, June 13.

Thieves entered the Reba Tibbs residence near Fairfield earlier this week, stealing collector coins, a gold pocket watch and a large amount of change. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to phone the Wayne County Crimestoppers Hotline at 842-9777.

The second annual Fans for Fairfield Program will be distributing box fans this Saturday from 9 until noon in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church.  Last year, nearly 200 fans were distributed to the needy of the Fairfield area.

The Fairfield City Council voted this week to ban strip clubs. The ordinance makes it illegal for any person, firm, corporation, or other entity to operate a business that offers nude, semi-nude or exotic dancers.  Anyone violating the law would be subject to a $5,000 per day fine.

Denver, Colorado-based Strata-X has started drilling a test well west of Xenia. The company plans to target a formation just below the New Albany Shale.  Les Wilson, Inc. of Carmi is drilling the well. Company officials say the project will take about 40 days to complete.

Illinois lawmakers have established a multi-step process for issuing a state permit for carrying a concealed gun. Applicants have to pass a background check, undergo 16 hours of training and pay a $150 fee or $300 for a non-resident fee.  Illinois State Police have 6 months to set up the training courses and list approved courses on the department’s website.

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