Power was knocked out for several hours Wednesday night after a tree fell across the power lines on Ill. Rt. 15 at the east edge of Fairfield. No one was injured. Power was restored around 1:30 this morning.
Area rivers are on the rise in the wake of significant rain this week. The Little Wabash was at 12 ft. 6 inches Wednesday and continues to rise. The Little Wabash at Carmi is forecast to rise to 25.11 feet by next Monday.
21-year-old Stephen K. Bridwell of McLeansboro is being held under $100,000 bond on multiple sex charges. Bridwell faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, grooming, and two counts of indecent solicitation of a child. Bridwell is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.
Officials have released the name of a Southern Illinois coal miner killed Wednesday afternoon at a mine near Macedonia, Ill. The victim has been identified as William Daniel Payne, 25 of Johnston City, Ill. Payne was pronounced dead at the Franklin County Hospital in Benton, Ill. shortly after 4:19 Wednesday afternoon. Payne worked at the long wall M-Class Mine – Viking Portal near the small Franklin County community of Macedonia. Franklin County Coroner Marty P. Leffler said that Payne and his wife were expecting their first child in June. Officials with the Mine Safety Health Administration stated that Payne was working as an assistant on a roof bolting machine when he was pinned between the device and a mine wall. The mine is part of the Sugar Camp Coal Mine Complex that is owned by St. Louis-based Foresight Energy, LLC.
The coal mine rescue team from the Pattiki Mine in White County has taken first place in the annual Robert Earl Jones Mine Rescue Contest. The event was held at the Rend Lake College Sports Center in Ina. The Peabody Energy team from the Wildcat Hills Mine near Eldorado took second place.
An Illinois lawmaker is pushing for the firing of the private firm that is managing the Illinois State Lottery. Rep. Jack Franks says Northstar was given the contract because they promised to bring in $980 million a year in sales. The firm missed its target by $68 million in fiscal year 2012 and $170 million last year.