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Headlines for Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat index values of up to 104 are expected again today as a dome of high pressure continues to cover the area.  A cold front is expected to trigger showers and thunderstorms on Saturday bringing somewhat cooler weather.

The area corn crop is in need of a good rain. According to the Illinois Ag Statistics Service, the state’s corn crop is rated 69% good to excellent and 25% fair.  Nearly a quarter of the state’s corn crop has already silked. Soybeans are rated as 73% good to excellent.

The railroad crossing on South First Street in Fairfield will be closed for five days next week for major repairs.  The closure will begin Monday morning as workers with the Norfolk Southern Railroad repair the crossing. IDOT officials will re-route traffic around the site.

University of Illinois Extension Agents say there appears to be fewer Japanese beetles swarming parts of the state this year.  The invasive bugs are present in far lower levels this year in Central and Southern Illinois. Last year’s severe drought helped hold down their numbers this year.

The popular band Double Wide Debris will highlight tonight’s Wayne County Fair. The fair wraps up with the Carter Ltd. Moto-Cross Friday night, then the Wayne County Demo Derby Saturday night.

Frontier Community College is offering a new two-year degree program in Executive Office Professional beginning the Fall Semester. The program prepares students for employment as Administrative Assistants, Office Support Professionals and Receptionists. To sign up, contact the college at 842-3711.

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