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Headlines for Thursday, May 16, 2013

A former Fairfield man, 40-year-old Scott Allen Etienne of McLeansboro was killed Wednesday night after being struck by a car as he walked along Ill. Rt. 37 in rural Williamson County, Ill. The Williamson Coroner, Junior Burke says Etienne was walking in the northbound lane of Rt. 37 just north of Crites Road at about 9:30 Wednesday night when he was struck by a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Williamson County officials have not released the name of the driver that struck Etienne.

A compromise has been reached in the Illinois legislature on a bill that would regulate the practice of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.  The bill is expected to move quickly through the legislative process. Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.  If approved, widespread oil and gas exploration is expected to begin across Southern Illinois.

SM Energy of Denver, Colorado has started an exploratory well in the Johnsonville area. Les Wilson Drilling, Inc. of Carmi is the contractor on the job.

Strata-X, another Denver, Colorado energy company has plans to launch its “Vail Project” within the next few weeks, targeting a dolomitic formation just below the New Albany Shale.  Strata-X has already signed a contract with Les Wilson Drilling, Inc. of Carmi to complete the project.

Firemen from Geff were called out Wednesday afternoon to extinguish a tractor fire. The scene was the Don Pike Farm about a quarter mile east of Geff. The tractor was destroyed.

An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns. The NRA opposes any local gun control on concealed carry. Illinois has until June 9th to comply with a federal court order to enact a concealed carry law.

Geff Grade School held its graduation ceremony Monday night. Andrew Haile, the son of Cassie and Donna Haile of Geff is the Valedictorian. Dakota King, son of Jeremy King of Cisne and Rachel Harrington of Fairfield is the Salutatorian.

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The annual Rotary Club meeting was held today in honor of Lester Steiner a former Rotary Club member who had recently passed away.  On hand was Steiner’s niece  Cynthia Steiner, to present the Rotary Club with a $5000 dollar check in honor of Lester Steiner for the Paul Harris Program.  District #6510 Governor Tom Ripperda, District Governor Elect Mike Nowokbilski, and District Governor Nominee Lane Harvey were the speakers for the meeting.

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