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Headlines for Thursday, October 31, 2013

31-year-old Miles Gass of Pinckneyville, IL was charged with DUI and operating an uninsured vehicle following an accident in Hamilton County Wednesday night.  State police say Gass was driving a pickup eastbound on Illinois Route 14 just west of county road 500E, when the vehicle left the roadway and hit a guardrail before overturning onto the driver’s side.  Gass was taken to Hamilton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District will be sponsoring three $500 scholarships to be given to a student from each of the high schools in Wayne County.  The scholarships must be used for fees in a vocational or college program.  Applications can be picked up from the high school’s offices, at the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District office or by calling 842-7602 extension 3.  The application deadline is December 13th.

The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges district will be offering Concealed Carry Courses in November at each of its campuses, including Frontier Community College in Fairfield.  The courses will teach the basic information required by the Concealed Carry Act and how to safely handle a handgun.  Courses will be held in Albion November 7th through 9th and in Fairfield November 14th through 16th.  Pre-registration is required and the cost of the course is $222 for in-district students.  More information is available by calling Frontier Community College at 877-464-3687.

The 2014 White County Plat Book is now for sale.  The book contains full-color maps of each township in the county, as well as census data, a business advertising and government directory, and a list of soil types in the county.  The books are selling for $30 for White County Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members.  The maps are available online and at the White County Farm Bureau at 304 East Robinson Street in Carmi.

Reports out of Benton, IL say an ethanol plant in Franklin County that has sat idle for three years is still weeks away from reopening, but could create dozens of jobs for the region.  Officials say they will focus on hiring veterans for the positions.  Franklin County currently has an unemployment rate of over 12 percent.

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